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Oleg Popov

Oleg Popov is Associate Professor in physics education. His research interests lie in the field of intercultural science education, curriculum development and learning in different contexts.



Works at

Naturvetarhuset, huskropp A, plan 5, Johan Bures väg 16 Umeå universitet, 901 87 Umeå

I have more than 30 years of experience of working in the fields of teacher education and curriculum development in different countries. I graduated as a high school teacher of physics and mathematics in 1981and directly after that started my professional carrier as an assistant-lecturer at my alma mater - the PedagogicalUniversity in Blagoveshchensk, Russia. After finishing my PhD in theoretical physics in Moscow in 1986 I went to Africa in 1989 to work as a curricular adviser in physics education at the National Institute for Educational Development and lecturer-consultant in theoretical physics at the Pedagogical University in Maputo, Mozambique. Since 1994 I live and work in Sweden continuing an active international collaboration.

During the five years 2003-2008, I was a Deputy Head of the Department of Science and Mathematics Education at Umeå University responsible for research and research training. I combine a course development activities and teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels for on-campus and distance students with an active research work. My main research interests are in the field of intercultural science education, curriculum development and learning physics in different contexts. I published over hundred academic texts in these areas. Recently, I wrote a book on developing innovative methods of teaching scientific inquiry for prospective science teachers using outdoors environment. My theoretical interests are on application of Cultural-Historical Activity Theory originated in works of Vygotsky and curriculum theories in science education. I supervised several PhD students and dozens of undergraduate research projects.

I was involved in national curriculum development projects and teaching of Masters and PhD students in different countries around the globe, for example, Namibia, Guinea-Bissau, East-Timor, Cambodia, and Laos. I worked as a guest professor at Tokyo Gakugei University in Japan, visiting associate professor at the National Institute of Education (NIE) in Singapore and as guest scholar at University of South Africa (UNISA) and Federal University of Bahia (UFBA) in Brazil. Through my academic work and consultancy assignments for Sida and UNICEF I have visited in different work missions over fifty countries around the world.

My private interests are in reading ethnographic and philosophical literature, playing badminton and hiking. I use freely as working languages Russian, Swedish, English and Portuguese.

ATEE 2022, Teaching and Learning for an Inclusive, Interconnected World, Sestri Levante, Italy, April 20-22, 2022
Popov, Oleg
Eridob 2022: Abstracts : 90-90
Popov, Oleg; Vaino, Katrin; Astapova, Anastasiya; et al.
Физика: фундаментальные и прикладные исследования, образование., Blagoveshchensk: Амурский государственный университет 2021 : 144-147
Milinsky, Alexey; Baryshnikov, Sergey; Popov, Oleg
Ämnet som blev: rapporter från den fjärde nationella konferensen i pedagogiskt arbete, Umeå universitet, 19-20 augusti, 2019, Umeå: Umeå University 2021 : 53-64
Popov, Oleg
LMNT-nytt, Föreningen för lärarna i matematik, naturvetenskap och teknik (LMNT) 2021, (2) : 34-36
Popov, Oleg; Baryshnikov, Sergey; Milinskiy, Alexey
Физика: фундаментальные и прикладные исследования, образование, Blagoveshchensk: Амурский государственный университет 2021 : 150-153
Popov, Oleg; Baryshnikov, Sergey; Milinskiy, Alexey
Techne series: Research in sloyd education and crafts science. A, NordFo 2021, Vol. 28, (2) : 140-148
Stoor, Markus; Popov, Oleg
ESERA 2021, the 14th Conference of the European Science Education Research Association, Online, via the University of Minho - Braga, Portugal, August 30 - September 3, 2021
Vaino, Katrin; Korfriatis, Konstantinos; Karise, Merit; et al.
Linking education and research: the results of an international Summer School, Stockholm: The Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT) 2019 : 11-33
Berglund, Per; Dannetun, Per; Chan, Wai Lee; et al.
Den fjärde nationella konferensen i pedagogiskt arbete. Umeå universitet, 19–20 augusti, 2019
Popov, Oleg
Educating the Educators III International Conference on Approaches to Scaling-up Professional Development in Maths and Science Education. The University of Education Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany. 7-8 October 2019
Popov, Oleg
Stockholm: 2018
Popov, Oleg
Forum för forskningsbaserad NT-undervisning, Norrköping, Sweden, March 13-14, 2018
Popov, Oleg
International Journal of Lifelong Education, Routledge 2017, Vol. 36, (3) : 324-338
Manuel, Alzira; Van der Linden, Josje; Popov, Oleg
Gode børneliv for flygtninge i Danmark. Köpenhamn, Danmark, 18 maj 2017.
Popov, Oleg
Conexão ciência, Vol. 12 : 125-130
Popov, Oleg; Jan, Höper
Pedagogiska Magasinet, Lärarförbundet 2017, (4) : 76-78
Popov, Oleg; Sjöberg, Gunnar
Problems of Education in the 21st Century, Vol. 71, (71) : 53-61
Manuel, Alzira; Popov, Oleg
Contemporary Issues and Perspectives on Gender Research in Adult Education, Belgrade: University of Belgrade 2016 : 225-237
Manuel, Alzira; Popov, Oleg
Stockholm: Skolverket 2016
Popov, Oleg
Från forskning till fysikundervisning: Bidrag från konferensen i Malmö, Linköping: Nationellt centrum för naturvetenskapernas och teknikens didaktik 2016 : 47-52
Popov, Oleg
Flensburg: Europa-Universität Flensburg 2016
Popov, Oleg
LMNT-nytt, Malmö: 2016, (2) : 17-19
Popov, Oleg
Stockholm: Skolverket 2016
Popov, Oleg
Stockholm: Skolverket 2016
Popov, Oleg
Popov, Oleg; Engh, Rolf
Studentlitteratur AB 2016
Popov, Oleg; Engh, Rolf
XVII IOSTE Symposium: Science and Technology Education for a Peaceful and Equitable World, Braga, Portugal, 11-16 July, 2016
Popov, Oleg; Höper, Jan
Literacy and Numeracy Studies: An international journal in the education and training of adults, Vol. 24, (1) : 23-42
Popov, Oleg; Manuel, Alzira
International Symposium on STEM Education (ISSE) 2016 Lahti, Finland, June 6th to 8th, 2016
Popov, Oleg; Ottander, Christina; Ottander, Katarina
Physics Education, Vol. 50, (4) : 462-467
Bogdanov, Sergey; Oversby, John; Popov, Oleg; et al.
Problems of Education in the 21st Century, PEC 2015, Vol. 67 : 61-71
Manuel, Alzira; Popov, Oleg; Buque, Domingos
Educating the educators: international approaches to scaling-up professional development in mathematics and science education, Münster: WTM – Verlag für wissenschaftliche Texte und Medien 2015 : 234-239
Popov, Oleg
Contemporary approaches to activity theory: interdisciplinary perspectives on human behavior, hershey, pa: IGI Global 2015 : 128-142
Popov, Oleg
Problems of Education in the 21st Century, PEC 2015, Vol. 64 : 66-74
Popov, Oleg; Erik, Sturesson
A Nordic perspective: on the cultural and the activity approach in theory and practice, Kristianstad: Kristianstad University Press 2014 : 65-73
Mendonça, Marta; Popov, Oleg
Comprehensive Journal of Educational Research, Knowledgebase Publishers 2014, Vol. 2, (5) : 60-69
Mendonça, Marta; Popov, Oleg
Umeå: Umeå universitet 2014
Popov, Oleg
Interenational Conference of the Outdoor learning environment
Popov, Oleg; Engh, Rolf
Stockholm: Skolverket 2013
Popov, Oleg; Ödmark, Krister
Popov, Oleg; Ödmark, Krister
Umeå: Umeå universitet 2013
Popov, Oleg; Ödmark, Krister
Physics in Higher Education, The Moscow Physical Society 2013, Vol. 19, (2) : 36-47
Teteleva, Ekaterina; Bogdanov, Sergey; Popov, Oleg
Education Inquiry, Umeå: Umeå Universitet 2012, Vol. 3, (1) : 37-48
Mendonça, Marta; Popov, Oleg; Frånberg, Gun-Marie; et al.
Transboundary learning beyond disciplines - Sustainable development opening up research dialogues.Umeå University, Sweden, 9-11 October 2012
Popov, Oleg