The University of Gothenburg played host when the Swedish National Committee for Chemistry and the Swedish Chemical Society arranged continuing professional development days for teachers.
Around 80 chemistry teachers from across Sweden came together in Gothenburg at the end of November to find out about current research on the theme of light, and to try various laboratory experiments devised by the National Resource Center for Chemistry Teachers. There were also discussions on the transition from upper secondary school to university level, and on how teachers can prepare their pupils for the next step.
Kristina Hedfalk is Deputy Head of Department with responsibility for education issues at the Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology, and sees the university’s role in continuing professional development days as part of its collaborative task.
“Inspiring and providing continuing professional development for teachers is part of our social responsibility. From our point of view, these days are also a way of maintaining contact with upper secondary schools, which we hope will help with our recruitment in the long term.”