Science and Maths Education

We develop skills in students, teachers and educators for planning, enacting, developing and evaluating teaching on a research-based foundation. We do this by developing didactics, activities, teaching aids, and strategies.

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We examine new ways of learning

In our research, we examine and develop teaching and learning in the areas of maths and science. We cooperate closely with schools and daycare centres to test new initiatives and strengthen children’s learning. 

Project: 1,800 Danish students participate in TRACK

TRACK is a three-year research project (2022-25) with VIA, Aarhus – and Aalborg universities. We investigate whether parts of Singapore’s way of teaching mathematics can be helpful in a Danish context. The chosen elements are grounded in mathematics problem solving and the structured use of various kinds of representations, for example concrete materials, drawing and symbols. The project includes new textbooks for Danish 4th, 5th, and 6th graders. A total of 1,800 students and their teachers take part in TRACK, which will investigate how Danish teachers can develop their methods in mathematics.

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Project: 10-year investigation of children’s interest in science

We participate in a national 10-year investigation in how children develop interest in and knowledge of science. The project follows children in schools, families, and during leisure time.

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Project: How science teachers can inspire children towards sustainability

The Danish Novo Nordisk Foundation has donated 4,5 mio. DKK to a project, where VIA looks at how science teachers can inspire and motivate children towards tackling everyday sustainability challenges.

For more information, please contact Associate Professor Søren Witzel Clausen at 

How we work

We develop skills in students, teachers and educators for planning, developing and evaluating teaching and pedagogical activities on a research-based foundation. We do this by developing didactics, activities, teaching aids and strategies.
    • Learning and teaching numbers and arithmetics 
    • Beginners mathematics education (0-6 year-olds) 
    • Special education in mathematics
    • Ways of working with problems: IBSE, Engineering, research skills
    • Science and maths’ learning processes in children and adolescents
    • Students with special needs (talents and maths’ difficulties)
    • Professional development and professionalism of pedagogues, teachers, and educators
    • Teaching the UN’s Sustainability Goals


  • Peer Daugbjerg

  • Associate Professor, PhD, Head of Programme (Science)
  • T: +45 87 55 32 82
  • Expertise: Narrative- and Science Education research, Teacher Professional Development

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  • Lóa Björk Jóelsdóttir

  • Associate Professor, Head of Programme (Maths)
  • T: +45 28 97 01 68
  • Expertise: Arithmetics, teacher education, creativity, and giftedness

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  • Pernille Bødtker Sunde

  • Researcher, PhD
  • T: +45 28 94 09 79
  • Expertise: Arithmetics, mathematics awareness, learning difficulties

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  • Mette Bjerre

  • Researcher, PhD
  • T: +45 29 82 37 35
  • Expertise: Geometry, mathematics awareness, mathematical representations

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  • Pernille Ladegaard Pedersen

  • Associate Professor, PhD
  • Expertise: Rational numbers, fractions, learning

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  • Mette Henne Hesselholt Hansen

  • Associate Professor, PhD
  • Expertise: Inquiry based science education, outdoor schooling and quantitative methods

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  • Lars Brian Krogh

  • Associate Professor, PhD
  • Expertise: Teacher pre- and in-service training, science education

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  • Martin Krabbe Sillassen

  • Docent, PhD
  • T: 61189118
  • Expertise: Fundraising, networking, science education research and development.

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  • Camilla Bech Blomgreen

  • Associate Professor
  • Expertise: Daycare science, science capital, kindergarten teacher education

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