The research area Sloyd [swe. Slöjd] includes pedagogical sloyd research on education and learning in activities where materials and tools are included in the production of objects.
Sloyd research can be related to learning processes, materiality, body-based learning and to multimodality and focus on pedagogical, psychological, social, cultural and virtual learning environments both in school and at different levels in the education system as well as in activities outside school.
At the pedagogical unit, pedagogical sloyd research linked to national and Nordic cooperation; the research collaboration is central and opens up for international contacts. Countries' and higher education institutions' variations in conditions for doctoral studies in the field of pedagogical sloyd has both limited and made it possible to obtain a doctorate and thus the prerequisites for further research and applying for research grants.
The Faculty of Arts offers education at postgraduate level in the subject Aesthetic forms of expression with a focus on educational science, which has opened up for further research in the field of sloyd. Over time, pedagogical sloyd research has touched on historical and contemporary aspects in school sloyd and teacher education, in addition, sloyd-related research in craftsmanship, multimodality, gender and sustainable development is developed.