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Ph.D candidate on a project regarding the right to be exempted on religious, philosophic, or life stands grounds in the norwegian primary education. This is a continuation of my master thesis in the didactics of religion from the University of Bergen.

I have a background from the norwegian school system, where I mainly taugth in secondary school. My educational background is in social studies and the humanities with bachelor degrees in political science (NTNU, 2009), study of religion (UiB, 2017), and history (UiB, 2021). This has been continued with masters degrees in peace and conflict transformation (UiT, 2012) and didactics of religion (UiB, 2019). This has been complimented with Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) (UiB, 2013), and continuing education in teaching controversial topics (UiB, 2019) and sex education (HiOA, 2017; INN, 2021).

I am a member of the research group Educational Law and are admitted as a member of the research school Religion-Values-Society (RVS).

Since 2016 I have been publishing and creating the podcast Lektor Lomsdalens innfall that deals with different aspects of and perspectives on education and the norwegian school system.

Teaches in the following courses:

RELDI112: Didactics of Religion Education 2 (for Lower Secondary School) Integrated teacher education. Spring, 2022.

DIDAREL2: Didactics of the Study of Religion 2 (Lower Secondary School). Spring, 2022.

Peer-reviewed articles:

Lomsdalen, C. (2023). Islam, Kjønn, og Fritaksproblematikk i Skolen: Svømmeundervisningen som Kjerne til Konflikt i Fritakssaker. Scandinavian Journal of Islamic Studies, 17(1), 11–34. https://doi.org/10.7146/tifo.v17i1.137275.

Lomsdalen, C. (2021). Fritak og religiøse spenninger i skolen. Prismet, 72 (2), p. 153–170. https://doi.org/10.5617/pri.8884.

Lomsdalen, C. (2021). Motstridende rettigheter i klasserommet og fordommer mot enkeltgrupper. In M. v. d. Lippe (Ed.), Fordommer i skolen. Gruppekonstruksjoner, utenforskap og inkludering. Universitetsforlaget. https://doi.org/10.18261/9788215037417-2021-12.

Articles:

Lomsdalen, C. (2017). SKAM i skolen. Prismet, 68 (1-2), p. 149–154. https://doi.org/10.5617/pri.4772.

Lomsdalen, C. (2022). Fritaksklagene jeg ikke fant. Norsk pedagogisk tidsskrift, 106 (1), p. 69-78. https://doi.org/10.18261/npt.106.1.7.

Master thesises:

Lomsdalen, C. (2019). Den besværlige fritaksretten. Om klagesaker og henvendelser gjort til fylkesmannsembetene knyttet til Opplæringsloven §2-3a [Master thesis, Universitetet i Bergen]. Bora. https://hdl.handle.net/1956/21167.

Lomsdalen, C. (2012). Gendered resistance(?): is gender significant in the “National Popular Resistance Front” of Honduras? [Master thesis, Universitetet i Tromsø]. Munin. https://hdl.handle.net/10037/4349.

Cristin

Academic article
  • Show author(s) (2023). Islam, gender and exemption in school. Swimming lessons as the core of conflict in exemption cases . Tidsskrift for Islamforskning (TIFO). 11-34.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Fritak og religiøse spenninger i skolen. Prismet. 153-170.
Lecture
  • Show author(s) (2024). Undervisning om kontroversielle spørsmål.
  • Show author(s) (2024). Fritak fra seksualitets-undervisning og pride i skolen. Verdier, lover, og rettigheter i praksis .
  • Show author(s) (2023). Undervisning av kontroversielle spørsmål. Teori, praksis, og etikk.
  • Show author(s) (2023). Seksualitetsundervisning og fritaksrett. Verdier, lover, og rettigheter i praksis .
  • Show author(s) (2023). Podkast som undervisning, vurdering, og læringsform. Utstyr, metode, og praktiske muligheter.
  • Show author(s) (2023). Podkast som undervisning, vurdering, og læringsform. En praktisk og muntlig mulighet.
  • Show author(s) (2023). Kjønn, seksualitet, og kontrovers. Hvordan og hvorfor møte elevene der de er når den de er er blitt en sak.
  • Show author(s) (2023). Hvordan kan vi undervise om kontroversielle tema i ulike skolefag? Refleksjoner fra forskningsprosjekt.
  • Show author(s) (2023). Humanistisk kritikk av og perspektiver på kristendom og islam.
  • Show author(s) (2023). Fritaksretten i Opplæringsloven. Et praktisk og menneskerettslig perspektiv. .
  • Show author(s) (2023). Fritak på religiøst grunnlag i skolen. Et praktisk perspektiv på fritaksretten i grunnskolen og i videregående skole. .
  • Show author(s) (2023). Fritak på religiøst grunnlag i skolen. Et praktisk perspektiv på fritaksretten .
  • Show author(s) (2023). Fritak på religiøst grunnlag i skolen. Et praktisk perspektiv på fritaksretten.
  • Show author(s) (2023). Fagdag i forbindelse med Skeivt kulturår.
  • Show author(s) (2023). Endringer i Opplæringsloven: Fritak, forkynnelse og religionsfagene.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Podkast. En kjapp innføring i opptak og redigering.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Kan skolen bli mer fleksibel – en podcast.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Fra enkeltstående dokumenter til en sammenheng.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Ekskursjon og podkast som metode. Rettigheter, religion og besøk.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Lydopptak og podkast som vurderingsform.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Lansering av: Ti uløste Problemer: KRLE og Religion og etikk, 2020-2030.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Hva skal vi med religion og livssyn i skolen?
Popular scientific lecture
  • Show author(s) (2024). Det lovløse klasserommet.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Fritak på religiøst grunnlag i alle fag. Et praktisk perspektiv på fritaksrett i grunnskolen .
  • Show author(s) (2022). Den hemmelige klubben.
Academic lecture
  • Show author(s) (2024). The exemption right in the Education Act as a safety valve - for whom? A tentative article .
  • Show author(s) (2024). Fritak på religiøst grunnlag. Ekskursjoner, KRLE, og seksualitet .
  • Show author(s) (2024). Ekskursjoner, seksualitet og fritak. Ny opplæringslov og religion.
  • Show author(s) (2023). “Like, I wouldn’t go to jail for it”​ - Student discourses on the use of civil disobedience as a protest tool in climate activism ​.
  • Show author(s) (2023). Undersøkelse av fritaksretten i Opplæringsloven. En underveismelding.
  • Show author(s) (2023). The right to opt-out. A comparative analysis of the right of withdrawal from religious education and religious activities in Scandinavian state schools  .
  • Show author(s) (2023). Hvordan formes livssyn? Utforsking i en livssynsåpen skole: Et planlagt bokprosjekt.
  • Show author(s) (2023). Hva ønsker religiøse minoriteter fritak fra i norsk skole – og hvorfor? En underveismelding.
  • Show author(s) (2023). How resistance to and disagreement with common norms for gender, sexuality, and morals affects the classroom. A glance at new data on the workings of the right to be exempted on religious grounds in Norway.
  • Show author(s) (2023). Fritaksretten, en bred fremstilling.
  • Show author(s) (2023). Fritak på religiøst grunnlag i svenske, danske, og norske skoler.
  • Show author(s) (2022). The Icelandic and Norwegian schemes for exemptions based on religion or lifestance in basic education.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Fritaksretten i Opplæringsloven. En prosjektbeskrivelse.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Fritaksretten fra et lærerperspektiv. Noen glimt inn i et lite utforsket fenomen. .
  • Show author(s) (2022). Education about christianity as a controversial topic for christians.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Education about christianity as a controversial topic for christians.
  • Show author(s) (2021). The right to be exempted as religiously based otherness.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Religiøst mangfold som en didaktisk utfordring. En undersøkelse av praksis i skolen knyttet til fritaksretten i Opplæringsloven §2-3a.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Religiøst mangfold som en didaktisk utfordring. En undersøkelse av praksis i skolen knyttet til fritaksretten i Opplæringsloven §2-3a.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Religious diversity as a didactic challenge. A study of the practice of exemption in Norwegian basic education. .
Non-fiction book
  • Show author(s) (2023). Burde vi det? Profesjonsfaglig etisk kompetanse i skolen. Fagbokforlaget.
Masters thesis
  • Show author(s) (2019). Den besværlige fritaksretten. Om klagesaker og henvendelser gjort til fylkesmannsembetene knyttet til Opplæringsloven §2-3a.
  • Show author(s) (2012). Gendered resistance(?): is gender significant in the “National Popular Resistance Front” of Honduras?
Popular scientific article
  • Show author(s) (2022). Foreldrene som ville bytte ut en lærer. Bedre Skole. 35-39.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Foreldrene som ville bytte ut en homofil lærer . utdanningsforskning.no.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Foreldrene som ville bytte ut en homofil lærer. Bedre Skole.
Feature article
  • Show author(s) (2023). Fritak fra pridetog og gudstjenester, men ikke fra kunnskap om mangfold og tro. Dagen.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Ufrivillig skolefravær og vold i skolen, to sider av samme sak? Utdanningsnytt.no.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Fritak - yoga, svømming, pride og skolegudstjenester. Utdanningsnytt.no.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Vil du snakke om det, Bent Høie? Dagens medisin.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Hva mener de politiske partiene om seksuell folkehelse? Forskning.no.
Academic chapter/article/Conference paper
  • Show author(s) (2021). Motstridende rettigheter i klasserommet og fordommer mot enkeltgrupper. 18 pages.
Poster
  • Show author(s) (2021). What areas in school are challenged by religious diversity? An overview of complaints and inquiries about exemptions on religious grounds by parents in Norwegian basic education. Based on known religious affiliation.
Article in business/trade/industry journal
  • Show author(s) (2023). Kirkevalget, et utenifraperspektiv. Luthersk Kirketidende. 438-442.
  • Show author(s) (2023). Humanistisk gravferd. Nytt norsk kirkeblad: for teologi og praksis. 13-20.
  • Show author(s) (2023). Folk, kirke, eller folkekirke? Ett (?) dilemma for folkekirken i det livssynsåpne samfunnet. Luthersk Kirketidende. 208-211.
  • Show author(s) (2022). The requests for exemptions I did not find. Norsk pedagogisk tidsskrift. 69-78.
  • Show author(s) (2017). SKAM i skolen . Prismet. 149-153.
Interview Journal
  • Show author(s) (2023). Pedagogikkvitenskap og/eller utdanningsvitenskap? . Tidsskrift for Uddannelsesvidenskab. 18 pages.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

Research groups

The research group Educational Law

"Children's rights in schools and kindergartens follow both from international conventions to which Norway is bound, as well as from national laws and regulations. Children are today independent legal entities which, among other things, have the right to be heard and involved in decisions that concern themselves, and the best interests of the child should be a primary consideration in the final decision.

We are an interdisciplinary research group focusing on how children's rights are implemented in kindergarten and school."

The research group is led by Marianne K. Bahus and Camilla Herlofsen.

Web page: Utdanningsrett.no.

Research and teaching on controversial topics

The researchers in the group are concerned with how to research topics that often cause discussion and disagreement, and how such topics are treated and taught about, both in school and in higher education. The research group was founded in the spring of 2022, and consists of researchers from the University of Bergen, the University of Stavanger, and teachers from the Raftostiftelsen.

Website: Research and teaching on controversial topics

Methodological and empirical questions

Research group at the University of Bergen to work with contemporary research from a methodological perspective.

Website: Metodiske og empiriske spørsmål

Research School Affiliation

The Research School Religion Values Society

"The goal of the Research School is to mobilize and enhance academic expertise in the field related to the interplay between religion, values and society, as well as forming long-lasting research networks in the field, and to promote cooperation between PhD students and senior researchers on relevant and appropriate subjects in the field."

"A wide pool of academic disciplines is relevant to the study of religion - values and society: Theology, religious studies, educational sciences, (social) pedagogics, missiology, sociology (of religion), political science, social anthropology, psychology (of religion) etc. The participating institutions in various ways engage in research and teaching of these academic disciplines. By focusing on the interplay between religion – values – society, the research school defines its area of interest by these phenomena and the mutual interaction, interplay and different possible connection they may have, and not from the scholarly disciplines represented in the partaking institutions. Thus, the research school contributes represents a new field of expertise and insight, which may also have an impact upon already existing academic disciplines and the way in which these disciplines are taught and studied at the participating institutions."

Web page: rvs.mf.no.

Research networks

Norwegian RE-research Forum

"NoReFo – wants to encourage and increase research in the field of religion, beliefs and education in Norway, and to promote national cooperation about RE research. It aims at initiating and arranging opportunities for sharing knowledge, experiences and results related to the research of the members through seminars and conferences with a focus on research, cooperation with national and international colleagues with a related research interest, and through facilitating publication of relevant research."

Nettside: NoReFo.no.

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