The culture in a classroom is not only important for the social environment; it is also decisive for the learning process. “Anyone who is going to lead a class must know what they are supposed to be leading,” says researcher Simon Michelet at the Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, who recently completed his doctoral thesis on pupil culture. And what is a school class? What characterises a class as a phenomenon, beyond the fact that each one contains around 25 pupils? asks the researcher. Michelet emphasizes that understanding this pupil culture is decisive for being able to lead a school class, but teachers today have few theoretical concepts for understanding pupil culture. “Pupil culture is a key element in understanding what a class is,” says Michelet.
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