Carl-Johan Rundgren

Carl-Johan Rundgren


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Works at Department of Mathematics and Science Education
Telephone 08-120 766 04
Visiting address Svante Arrheniusväg 20 A, E-huset, Arrheniuslab
Room E 373
Postal address Institutionen för matematikämnets och naturvetenskapsämnenas didaktik 106 91 Stockholm

About me

My reserach interests connects to the role of different communicative resources and visual representations in connection to learning of science. In later years I have worked with questions concerning scientific literacy, especially in relation to science content in media. I also have an interest in how socio-scientific issues can be used in school science.



My reserach interests connects to the role of different communicative resources and visual representations in connection to learning of science. In later years I have worked with questions concerning scientific literacy, especially in relation to science content in media. I also have an interest in how socio-scientific issues can be used in school science.

Research projects

PARISSE (Promoting Attainment of Responsible Research & Innovation in Science Education)

To build a scientifically literate society, which enables its citizens to participate in the research and innovation process, calls for empowered democratic citizens who are able to engage in socio-scientific inquiry and debate. Education through an inquiry approach in science and technology prepares young citizens to participate in socio-scientific debate, and thus contribute to citizens’ agency. For this purpose, students need to have an understanding of the process and products of science and technology and to appreciate them as human endeavour. In addition, students need to exercise informed decision-making considering and balancing relevant facts, interests, values, costs and benefits. The PARRISE (Promoting Attainment of Responsible Research & Innovation in Science Education) project aims at introducing the concept of Responsible Research and Innovation in primary and secondary education. It does so by combining inquiry-based learning and citizenship education with socio-scientific issues in science education. The project also aims to collect and share existing best practices across Europe and develop learning tools, materials and in/pre-service training courses for science teachers based on the SSIBL approach. Our project objectives are: Provide an overall educational framework for socio-scientific inquiry-based learning (SSIBL) in formal and informal learning environments; Identify examples of best practice; Build transnational communities consisting of science teachers, science teacher educators, science communicators, and curriculum and citizenship education experts to implement good practices of SSIBL; Develop the SSIBL competencies among European primary and secondary science teachers and teacher educators; Disseminate resources and best practice through PARRISE website, digital and print-based publications online and face to face courses authored by national and international networks; Evaluate the educators’ success using the improved SSIBL materials with pre-service and in-service teachers. The PARRISE educational methodology seeks to promote democratic citizenship through the integration of social issues and related scientific knowledge. Drawing from recently acquired IBSE insights and individual partner expertise, PARRISE seeks to collectively develop a community of learners, who will bring together selected best practices examined from a Research and Responsible Innovation perspective. The consortium reflects a multidisciplinary team who will facilitate networking activities among teachers, teacher educators and educational researchers of 18 institutions in 11 countries.

Project leaders: Marie-Christine Knippels & Frans Van Dam, Utrecht University


A selection from Stockholm University publication database
  • Shu-Nu Chang Rundgren, Carl-Johan Rundgren. Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research

    Based on the EU FP 7 project PROFILES, this article presents our findings from a three-round Delphi study conducted in Sweden which aimed at establishing a consensus on how science education should be developed for citizens to enhance civic scientific literacy. A total of 100 stakeholders (9th graders, school teachers, scientists and science education researchers) were involved in our Delphi study in 2012–13. The results revealed that there were some highly ranked consensus ideas: environmental issues, inquiry skills, motivation/interest and holistic comprehension were all in line with conclusions drawn elsewhere in the literature and ideas within the PROFILES project itself. However, we also found that there were some mismatched aspects of our Delphi study and the Swedish curriculum. The conclusions of our research imply the importance of involving different stakeholders in the educational reconstruction process; we suggest that the school teacher in particular should play a vital role.

  • 2016. Carl-Johan Rundgren, Martin Eriksson, Shu-Nu Chang Rundgren. Science & Education

    This study aims to explore students' argumentation and decision-making relating to anauthentic socioscientific issue (SSI) - the problem of environmental toxins in fish fromthe Baltic Sea. A multi-disciplinary instructional module, designed in order to developstudents' skills to argue about complex SSI was successfully tested. Seven sciencemajors in the final year of their upper secondary studies participated in this study. Theirargumentation and decision making processes were followed closely and data werecollected during multiple stages of the instructional module: group discussions wereaudio recorded, the participants wrote reports on their decision making, and postexerciseinterviews were conducted with individual students. The analysis focused onthe skill of evaluation demonstrated by the students during the exercise and therelationships between the knowledge, values, and experiences that they used in theirargumentation. Even though all of the students had access to the same informationand agreed on the factual aspects of the issue, they came to different decisions. All ofthe students took counter-arguments and the limitations of their claims into account,and were able to extend their claims where appropriate. However, their decisionsdiffered depending on their background knowledge, values and experiences (i.e. theirintellectual baggage). The implication to SSI teaching and learning is discussed.

  • 2017. Carl-Johan Rundgren. Cultural Studies of Science Education

    In this forum article, I reflect on issues related to the implementation of inquiry-based science education (IBSE) in different countries. Regarding education within the European Union (EU), the Bologna system has in later years provided extended coordination and comparability at an organizational level. However, the possibility of the EU to influence the member countries regarding the actual teaching and learning in the classrooms is more limited. In later years, several EU-projects focusing on IBSE have been funded in order to make science education in Europe better, and more motivating for students. Highlighting what Heinz and her colleagues call the policy of ‘soft governance’ of the EU regarding how to improve science education in Europe, I discuss the focus on IBSE in the seventh framework projects, and how it is possible to maintain more long-lasting results in schools through well-designed teacher professional development programs. Another aspect highlighted by Heinz and her colleagues is how global pressures on convergence in education interact with educational structures and traditions in the individual countries. The rise of science and science education as a global culture, encompassing contributions from all around the world, is a phenomenon of great potential and value to humankind. However, it is important to bear in mind that if science and science education is going to become a truly global culture, local variation and differences regarding foci and applications of science in different cultures must be acknowledged.

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Last updated: June 2, 2020

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