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We conduct research on the relationship between national and global education policies, as well as educational instruction and training from the perspective of general didactics. Democracy, diversity, the relationship between theory and practice, self-cultivation and occupational training are all key themes. This is explored in light of pedagogical philosophy, critical theories and the critique of power, and through practice research, classroom research, preschool research and research on arenas for occupational training.

General didactics explores the foundation for educational instruction and training, its aims and practice. This didactic involves extensive European traditions associated with the theory of self-cultivation, pedagogical philosophy and critical perspectives. Educational policies are currently influenced by strong political control, especially through global and supranational directives. This involves a greater emphasis on learning in schools and preschools, and focus on comparable tests and accountability. We are especially interested in how the directives for educational policies at national and global levels are expressed through curricula, framework plans and other regulatory documents. These education policies create both challenges and opportunities for general self-cultivation, democracy, diversity and inclusion.