Background and activities

Dan-Anders Normann is a PhD-candidate at the Department of Teacher Education at NTNU. He has a background as a head pastry chef, vocational teacher, and master’s degree in vocational didactics. He has experience from lower secondary school, teaching, and training at VG2 and VG3 level in upper secondary school, and he has over 10 years of experience as an apprentice instructor and manager in large and small businesses.

His doctoral project is linked to the NFR project Going Gradeless https://www.ntnu.edu/ilu/going-gradeless, where he investigated how gradeless assessment practices affects and challenges teachers, students, and the school assessment-culture in vocational upper secondary schools in Norway. The project is based on a socio-cultural understanding of the school's assessment culture.

In his doctoral dissertation, the following studies will be carried out:

- Scoping review where research of gradeless assessment practice is mapped, summarized and knowledge gaps are identified.

- Qualitative study that examines how the assessment culture in schools with teachers who practice gradeless assessment practices is affected and how gradeless assessment challenges the local assessment culture.

- Mixed methods study with quantitative and qualitative data collection with a focus on teachers 'and students' perceptions of gradeless assessment practice.