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KTH's QUEST research school for technology teachers

The vision of technology and technology development should be built in our society on knowledge and shared values. The school's task is to lay the foundation for this. The QUEST (Quality, Effectiveness and Status in Technology Education) research school at KTH is a national research school aimed at strengthening the technology subject. QUEST is primarily aimed at teachers who teach technology in grades 7-9.

The graduate school is for technical teachers that are interested in conducting technology didactic research and who have a ‘skolhuvudman’ position and a principal who is interested in developing, through their teachers, the school and strengthening links to the research community. The QUEST research school is primarily aimed at teachers who teach technology 7-9 but teachers who teach technology in other stages can also be admitted.

Expected results of the graduate school

Teachers will:

  • Obtain a licentiate degree in technology education
  • Develop a national and international network with a focus on technology-related research
  • Develop scientific skills and approaches
  • Contribute to knowledge building in technology didactics through practical research
  • Develop an ability to conduct didactic development work at schools

Schools and principals will:

  • Develop research expertise for their own school/municipality
  • Be able to support local development work through the teaching of technical subjects
  • Through the research of the doctoral students, dissemination effects can be applied in other subjects
  • Develop contacts and cooperation with KTH

About the QUEST graduate school

The research school is organized by the Department of Learning at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH). Teacher researchers in QUEST carry out research studies in the research education subject, Technology Science's Learning and Communication. Within this subject, practical research is carried out on learning, education, knowledge formation and communication in science and technology.

Studies for a licentiate degree comprise of a course part (between 45 and 60 credits) and an essay (between 60 and 75 credits) so that the total amount is 120 credits. The dissertation topics of the research students are determined in dialogue with interested parties.

The activities of the QUEST graduate school are led by a management team consisting of representatives of KTH, the relevant school principals, and the postgraduate students. In addition to the management team, a scientific reference group is attached to the research school.

Supervision and seminar activities are the basis for the research school's activities. In addition, regular seminars are held with leading national and international researchers in the discipline. The doctoral students in QUEST are also expected to participate in international conferences. In order to increase the dissemination of doctoral research results, lectures are organized for teachers and school leaders in the participating municipalities. At these seminars, other relevant research from KTH and/or school development projects from the participating schools can also be presented.


QUEST is financed by the Ministry of Education via the Swedish Research Council. These funds cover the costs of supervision, administration, courses and other matters concerning the student teachers' participation in the graduate school.

Participant teachers/doctoral students are employed in their schools/municipalities throughout the entire study period. The school principals contribute:

  1. The cost of wages for teachers participating in the research school for four years (50% research studies, 50% work in the school / municipality)
  2. Costs for any trips to and from KTH (as well as any accommodation costs)
  3. Any part of the cost of conference travel


Coordinator for QUEST

Scientific leader of QUEST

Belongs to: The Department of Learning in Engineering Sciences
Last changed: Jul 18, 2018