This collection of articles utilises thematic orientations, methodological approaches and data materials to give an insight into the opportunities and challenges that exist for education in society, in relation to the growing cultural and linguistic complexity that exists. It is written by researchers at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, in Norway, and while the book is anchored in a specific Norwegian educational, cultural and political context, it addresses issues that would be of interest to an international academic audience.
Thor Ola Engen is Professor Emeritus of Multicultural Education at the Department of Humanities at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway. While working there, he has been a leader and co-leader of several research programmes, the strategic research group Education and Diversity and a master's programme on education. He has published a number of articles and books, both in Norwegian and English.Lars Anders Kulbrandstad is Professor of Norwegian Language at the Department of Humanities at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway. He is particularly interested in multilingualism, second language acquisition and language attitudes, and he has published a number of books and articles on these topics. For a number of years, Lars Anders was a member of the Expert Committee of the Language Council of Norway. Sidsel Lied is Professor Emerita of Religious Education at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway. Her research has focused on the teaching of religion, ethics and philosophy of life in multicultural contexts. She is currently involved in a research project regarding children's memorial messages in the aftermath of the Norway attacks on 22nd July 2011.