I just don’t get it

Have you ever had the feeling that everyone but you understands what the teacher is saying? And no matter how hard you try you just don’t get it. The truth is, that you are not alone. If the lecture would have had a different set up or if the teacher would have used a better method, than maybe it would have been easier for you and everyone else to understand.

This is what SFS campaign ”I just don’t get it.” is about.

In april 2015 SFS launched a report about the work of Swedish universities on pedagogy and pedagogical development. One of our findings was that only every second university have guidelines regarding further training to ensure that teachers can develop and strengthen educational abilities throughout their career.

Only one third of the universities have extended systems for pedagogical merits that provide career paths for pedagogically skilled teachers

While some universities have created systems for assessing and rewarding pedagogical merits many universities still lack basic functions such as a definition of pedagogical competence, the use of pedagogical experts when assessing pedagogical competence, the use of pedagogical portfolios and guidelines for documentation of pedagogical merits. The report also show that only one third of the universities have extended systems for pedagogical merits that provide career paths for pedagogically skilled teachers.

SFS calls for a holistic approach on pedagogy in higher education and better conditions for pedagogical progress. Our most important demands are:

  • Ten week mandatory education in pedagogy for university teachers, and the right
  • to further pedagogic training for teachers.
  • That the government initiates a coordination of the various systems for assessment and
  • rewarding of pedagogical merits.
  • That a national authority is assigned the task to support pedagogic research in higher
  • education and to promote pedagogical development at universities.