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LAB-TED: Learning, Assessment and Boundary-Crossing in Teacher Education

LAB-TED is an innovative research and development project in the Finnish tradition of formative interventions, specifically the Change Laboratory methodology elaborated by Yrjӧ Engestrӧm, an advisor to the project.

Principal Investigators

  • Professor Viv Ellis (KCL)
  • Professor Rachel Jakhelln (University of Tromso, Norway)


The overall aims of LAB-TED are:

  1. to develop collaboration between universities (teacher educators), schools (teachers and school leaders) and student teachers in order to build capacity for practice-based, professionally-oriented research in teacher education of the kind required by the 2017 reforms of teacher education in Norway;
  2. to research these processes using an innovative methodology that will uncover obstacles and barriers to change that will be more widely useful across the system in Norway and, potentially, internationally. The professional context for the intervention will be teachers’ practices in five school subjects: English, social science, natural science, mathematics, and physical education.

Our Partners

University of Tromsø logo

University of Tromsø - The Arctic University of Norway

Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

Project status: Ongoing


Funding Body: The Research Council of Norway

Amount: £1.54m

Period: August 2019 - August 2020