Dagmar Hedman

Dagmar Hedman


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Works at Department of Education
Visiting address Frescativägen 54
Room 2611
Postal address Institutionen för pedagogik och didaktik 106 91 Stockholm

About me

Dagmar Hedman began her PhD studies with Stockholm University’s Department of Education (IPD) in the autumn of 2016. Dagmar came to Sweden from Canada to study International and Comparative Education and to expand beyond her pervious academic training in Political Science and International Relations.

Dagmar’s research interests are shaped by her assorted academic and employment experiences. She has taken part in an exchange programme with Japan and worked as an English teacher with a Japanese rural board of education. She has spent time with a Sri Lankan United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) field school and directed and taught in a Vocational Education and Training (VET) programme in Saudi Arabia. These experiences, in addition to others, influenced Dagmar’s interest in exploring the role of national education systems within an increasingly globalised, diverse and complex world. Dagmar’s current research project is aimed at examining the possible relationships between immigrant students’ integration and their academic performance. Although the focus of her research will be on newly arrived migrants in Sweden, she hopes to include discussions on various other national contexts influenced by either similar or unique histories with immigration. She also hopes to better understand how immigrants, refugees and other migrants come to learn, within both formal and informal educational settings, about their host countries and the various factors that shape the national identity and societal values they will encounter.

Prior to joining IPD as a doctoral student, Dagmar worked at Stockholm University’s Office of the Vice-Chancellor on issues and projects related to internationalization. Her work during this time has heavily influenced her desire to seek and establish international and interdisciplinary collaborations.

Supervisors: Carina CarlhedUlf Fredriksson and Shu-Nu Chang Rundgren.


Education in Multicultural Society (spring 2017) -- guest lecture, Unit Four


A great deal of discussion about immigration centers around the successful integration of immigrant populations into the social, economic, political and cultural fabric of their new country of settlement. Educational institutions play an important role in integration but also serve to highlight challenges that immigrant students face when adjusting to their new national and academic settings. Determining how aspects of integration (e.g., social, structural and identification integration) relate to immigrant student performance and their attitudes toward school can help to develop a better understanding about the complexities underpinning the academic trends of immigrant students in Swedish upper-secondary schools. The aim of my research is to help guide future research and policy regarding the role of educational institutions in the integration of immigrant youth and to help highlight points of intervention for improving the educational performance of immigrant students in Sweden.

Last updated: March 29, 2018

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