Professor Emerita Olga Dysthe receives King’s Medal of Merit

December 16, 2021

It is with a great pleasure that SLATE  congratulates affiliated Professor Emerita Olga Dysthe with the  King’s Medal of Merit for her extensive work on dialogic pedagogy.  

Professor Emerita Olga Dysthe has been employed at the Department of Education at the Faculty of Psychology, University of Bergen, since 1994. From 2011 she has been Professor Emerita. Dysthe continues to be an active, creative and inspiring researcher who publishes and disseminates her research nationally and internationally. Dysthe has a genuine commitment to written and oral communication between pupils, students, teachers, adults and children, and to what they employ in their learning process. This has resulted in over 100 articles, nine books and a large number of lectures and other dissemination activities. She has observed teaching in classrooms, auditoriums, museums and online. She has collaborated with the leading researchers in the field and presented the results in a way that both excites and challenges. Her work touches on the core of every teacher's mission. Dysthe has made significant contributions to the development and education of new generations.

In 2005 Professor Emerita Olga Dysthe and SLATE Professor Emerita Sølvi Lillejord were an integral part of SLATE Director Barbara Wasson’s application iTELL for a Centre of Excellence on Technology Enhanced Learning that made it to the final round but despite perfect scores was not funded. Since 2019 Dysthe has been affiliated with SLATE and collaborated closely with Senior Researcher Ingunn Johanne Ness.

 “I have had the pleasure of working with Olga for several years at the University of Bergen. Olga is one of a kind – a women of a towering intellect and of a great warmth. Always engaged and ready for a discussion. Always authentic. Despite retirement, Olga has not shown signs of slowing down the pace and remains very active in research. Our latest collaboration revolved around the subject of Dialogic Pedagogy, Creativity and Learning, which has resulted in a book of the same title”, says Senior Researcher Ingunn Johanne Ness.

King’s Medal of Merit

The King's Medal of Merit (Norwegian: Kongensfortjenstmedalje) was founded in 1908 by King HaakonVII. The medal is conferred as “a reward for service in the fields of art, science and industry and for outstanding public service”. 

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