Per Kornhall, Independent Education Expert



Welcome to my home page. On these pages I present my work and my books. Mainly in Swedish (for natural reasons). Most of my work is in Sweden and in Swedish, but I also have some international assignments and a few English publications.

I work as an independent author, lecturer, and consultant. My main assignments today comes from four municipalities and the European Commission. Apart from that I lecture independently and write books, mainly on education.

Here you can find German Bender's and mine report on segregation in lowers secondary schools in 30 middle-sized municipalities in Sweden: http://nesetweb.eu/en/activities/other-deliverables/

I have a PhD in systematic botany and a Swedish teacher certificate. I have been Director of Education at the National Agency for Education with a responsibility for national development projects in science and technology. I also have worked as a School Strategist in a Swedish municipality responsible for the development of schools. I am now an independent consult, author and lecturer in school development, professional development, use of research evidence in education, and other issues related to education. I have since 2013 been a member of the European commission’s network of independent experts in education currently organized by ECORYS. For the latter, I have written reports on diverse topics e.g.; education for newly arrived, evaluations of the Swedish National Reform Programs and the quality assessment system in the Swedish education system. I have a very broad overview of the Swedish educational system, and I am a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Science’s working group 'School in the Future', and was 2018-2019 member of the European Education and Training Expert Panel set up by the European Commission.

Below is a short list of publications with English explanations:



Kornhall, P. Skapelsekonspirationen. Leopard förlag. 2008. A critical review of creationism in Sweden.

Kornhall, P. Livets Ord, manipulation I Jesu namn. 2010. Leopard förlag. A review of a neopentecostal church in Sweden, its history, teachings and impact on individual members lives.

Kornhall, P. Barnexperimentet, svensk skola I fritt fall. 2013, Leopard förlag. An overview and analysis of Swedish school reforms from 1990 to now. The book tries to answer the question why Swedish school results have been dwindling in international tests such as PISA and TIMSS and in what way different policy decisions have contributed to this.

Skolverket. Forskning för klassrummet - vetenskaplig grund och beprövad erfarenhet i praktiken. Skolverket. 2014. Was together with a colleague the initiator of and coauthor to a book published by the Swedish National Agency for Education on how evidence based school development could be implemented in Swedish schools.

Kornhall, P. Alla i mål – Skolutveckling på evidensbaserad grund. 2014. Natur & Kultur. This is a book about how to apply research results to create evidence-based school development. The book is directed to teachers, principals and education providers. The central message is the importance of a school system with a high level of equity.

Kornhall, P. Förstelärare. En handbok. 2015. Natur & Kultur. This is a handbook directed to the new head teacher category created by one of Sweden’s recent school reforms.

Ryve, A.; Hemmi, K. & Kornhall, P. (2016) Skola på vetenskaplig grund. Stockholm: Natur & Kultur. A book that draws on research in school development and a research project at Mälardalens University to try to explain important structures in research based school development that have a positive effect.

Kornhall, P (2016) Korruption I Sverige. Stockholm: Leopard förlag. A book that investigate the effect on levels of corruption in the wake of neoliberal reforms of the public sector in Sweden.

Evers, J.; Kneyber, R. & Kornhall, P. (eds.) (2017) Flip the System. Förändra skolan från grunden. Lund: Studentlitteratur. An international Anthology on the teaching profession and the effect of New Public Management on its status and self-concept.

Kornhall, P (2016) Rektor – En handbok. Stockholm: Natur & Kultur. A book that supports school leaders in their role as leader of teacher’s learning processes.

Kornhall, P (2018) Lärare – En handbok. Stockholm: Natur & Kultur. A book aimed at supporting the teaching profession.

Hartell, E., Hjelm, S. and Kornhall, P. (eds.)(2018) Nyckeltexter i utbildningsvetenskap. An anthology with important and groundbreaking international research papers in educational science translated into Swedish.

Kornhall, P. & Bender G. (2018) Ett söndrat land (A torn country). A report on segregation caused by school choice in 30 middle-sized municipalities in Sweden. Stockholm: Arena Idé.