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The research at the department is mainly within the framework of two interdepartment and interfaculty networks; Umeå Mathematics Education Research Centre (UMERC) and Umeå University Science Education Research (UMSER). This interdepartmental cooperation has been successful in terms of that they both have generated new perspectives on didactic research and several big external research appropriations.

So far, the research has been aimed mainly towards secondary and comprehensive school. Currently the department aims at strengthening the competence in mathematics and science education for children in primary school and to develop the cooperation with departments with education in mathematics and science on university level.