In 2020, Professor Peter Grootenboer (long term member of GIER) was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Gothenburg University, Sweden. Due to COVID related restrictions, the ceremony and associated events have been regularly postponed. We are excited to celebrate the fact that the award ceremony took place in Sweden on Friday 6 May 2022.  

This is a rare and significant achievement and acknowledges Professor Grootenboer’s innovative work in using the Theory of Practice Architectures in research projects, to improve teaching in schools, and long-standing relationship with the Faculty of Education at Gothenburg University.  This research has often been undertaken in partnership with colleagues at Gothenburg University – in particular Professor Karin Rönnerman. 

Peter says:  

“This is a great honour for myself and Griffith University and acknowledges the significant and impactful research that I have undertaken over the last 12 years. Our research on educational leadership has been widely picked-up by the education sector in Sweden, and also my research into practice theory has been employed across many Swedish universities in diverse fields in education and medicine.”  

Griffith University and Gothenburg have a long-standing formal relationship, as is acknowledged in a Memorandum of Understanding. Gothenburg University is a highly regarded university that is consistently ranked in the top 150 in the various schemes that provide world rankings of universities (e.g., currently ranked 134 in the Best Global Universities league table), with Education ranked in the 100-150 range in the QS subject rankings. Being awarded an honorary doctorate is a significant achievement, and as such it greatly enhances the international reputation of Griffith University. 

Read the full story about this prestigious achievement on the University of Gothenburg website. Congratulations to Professor Grootenboer for his continued contribution to professional and practice-based learning.

Pictured: Professor Cristil Larson (promoter’ for the honorary doctorates), Professor Peter Grootenboer, and  Professor Arlen Wals from the Netherlands