Arctic Pedagogy in Teacher Education

About the project

UArctic Thematic Network on Teacher Education and UNESCO/UNITWIN Network on Teacher education are co-coordinating projects Arctic Pedagogy in Teacher Education I-III (ApedEDU) (2017-2020). The overall goal of the projects is to develop teacher education so it would give teachers the needed skills to take advantage of digitalization in teaching and learning, promote and support local cultures and use inclusive pedagogies in their work.

Project periods

The first project (ApedEDU I) in 2017-18 started creating a model of Arctic pedagogy, enhanced understanding and improvement on teacher education in the circumpolar north by organising several events, and shared good practices and enhanced knowledge exchange between teacher education institutions by joint research activities and events.

The second project (ApedEDU II) in 2018-19 continued the work by developing a Position statement on Arctic pedagogy, establishing a UNESCO/UNITWIN network and its activities, strengthening cooperation between members of UArctic Thematic Network on Teacher Education, and forming a foundation of the resource centre.

The third project (ApedEDU III) in 2019-20 continues the work started in finalised projects Arctic Pedagogy in Teacher Education (2017-18) and Arctic Pedagogy in Teacher Education II (2018-19), funded by Nordic Council of Ministers Arctic Cooperation Programme 2015-2017 and 2018-2021. The projects supported Arctic Council Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) project Teacher Education for Diversity and Equality in the Arctic, coordinated by UArctic Thematic Network on Teacher Education.


Position Statement on Arctic Pedagogy aims to explain what Arctic pedagogy is and how it can be implemented. It seeks to help teachers, policy makers and stakeholders to recognise the important aspects of education in the Arctic and in rural northern communities and to offer some examples of the implementation of Arctic pedagogy. 

Special double issue of the journal Education in the North, titled "Teacher Education in the Arctic" was published open access. The issue covered themes like co-teaching, inclusive education, distance learning and indigenous education. The issue includes 15 articles written by 30 authors.

Book "Including the North: a Comparative Study of the Policies on Inclusion and Equity in the Circumpolar North" is first joint research endeavour of UArctic Thematic Network on Teacher Education, as it was edited and authored by members of the network. The book discusses a wide range of inclusive policies  between nine countries and Sami area. 

Webinars, presentations and other materials published in the projects can be found in Resources. Webinars are focusing on themes like inclusive educational practices, or indigenous languages and education. 

Project partners and funding

The project is funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers, represented by Nordregio. Co-funding of the project comes from UArctic Allocation.

The project is led by University of Lapland. The project partners are Copenhagen Business School, Luleå Technical University, Sámi University College, UiT The Arctic University of Norway, University of Aberdeen, University of Alaska Anchorage, University of Manitoba, University of Oulu, University of Turku and Umeå University.