Short CV/Education and training

    Professor Emerita at the Department of Education, Communication and Learning at the University of Gothenburg

  • 2010 – 2015
    Vice head and Pro head (121219-130812) at the Department of education, communication and learning (IPKL), University of Gothenburg, with responsibility for research and third-cycle studies (PhD studies – 121219-130812)

  • 2011 – 2012
    Management training, CUP5, at University of Gothenburg

  • 2010
    Course – to supervise doctoral students

  • 2011
    Professor in Education, University of Gothenburg, Department of education, communication and learning.

  • 2007
    Associate professor in Education, University of Gothenburg, Department of education, communication and learning.

  • 2001
    PhD in Education, Pedagogical Quality in preschool: An issue of perspectives, University of Gothenburg, Department of education and didactics

  • 1974
    Preschool teacher

Selected publications

  • Pramling Samuelsson, I., & Sheridan, S. (2010). A turning-point or a backward slide – the challenge facing the Swedish preschool today. The Journal of Early Years, 30(3), 219-227.

  • Williams, P., & Sheridan, S. (2010). Conditions for constructive collaborative learning in educational contexts. The Journal of Educational Research, 52(4), 335-350.

  • Sheridan, S., & Williams, P. (2011). Developing individual goals, shared goals and the goals of others. Dimensions of constructive competition in learning contexts. Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 55(2), 145–164. Nr. 143257

  • Sheridan, S., Williams, P., Sandberg, A. et al. (2011). Preschool teaching in Sweden – a profession in change. Educational Research, 53(4), 415-437. Nr. 148365

  • Sandberg, A., Lillvist, A., Sheridan, S., Williams, P., & Vuorinen, T. (2012). Play competence as a window to preschool teachers’ competence. International Journal of Play, 1(2), 184-196. DOI:10.1080/21594937.2012.693385

  • Sheridan, S., Williams, P., & Sandberg, S. (2013). Systematic quality-work in preschool. International Journal of Early Childhood, 45(1), 123-150.

  • Sheridan, S., & Pramling Samuelsson, I. (2013). Preschool a source for young children's learning and wellbeing. International Journal of Early Years Education.

  • Lillvist, A., Sandberg, A., Sheridan, S., & Williams, P. (2014). Preschool teacher competence viewed from the perspective of students in early childhood teacher education. Journal of Education for Teaching: International research and pedagogy, 40(1), 3-19, DOI:10.1080/02607476.2013.864014

  • Sheridan, S., Williams, P., & Pramling Samuelsson, I. (2014). Group size and organisational conditions for children’s learning in preschool: a teacher perspective. Educational Research. 56 (4) s. 379–397. [Nr. 205796

  • Gjems L., & Sheridan S. (2015). Early literacy in Norwegian and Swedish preschool teacher education. Psychology in Russia: State of the Art, 8(2), 4-17, DOI: 10.11621/pir.2015.0201

  • Lager, K., Sheridan, S., & Gustafsson, J. (2015). Systematic quality development work in a Swedish leisure-time centre, Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, DOI: 10.1080/00313831.2015.1066434

  • Williams, P., Sheridan, S., Harju-Luukkainen, H., & Pramling Samuelsson, I. (2015). Does group size matter in prescool teacher’s work? The skills teachers emphasise for children in preschool groups of different size . Journal of Early Childhood Education Research, 4(2) 93–108.

  • Sheridan, S. & Gjems, L. (2016). Preschool as an Arena for Developing Teacher Knowledge Concerning Children’s Language Learning. Early Childhood Educ J. DOI 10.1007/s10643-015-0756-8

  • Sheridan, S. (2016). Preschool teachers’ pedagogical awareness – A key competence. Journal of Korean Council for Children & Rights. 20(4), 523-542. DOI: ISSN 1226-5713. ID: 248048

  • Sheridan, S. (2011). Pedagogical quality in preschool: A commentary. In N. Pramling & I. Pramling Samuelsson (Eds.). Educational encounters: Nordic studies in early childhood didactics. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer. p. 223-242. ISBN/ISSN: 978-94-007-1616-2 Nr. 146189

  • Pramling Samuelson, I., Sheridan, S., & Blennow, M. (2013). Well-being of preschool children in Sweden – the role of early childhood education and free health care. In Barnekow, V., Jensen, B.B., Currie, C., Dyson, A., Eisenstadt, N. and Melhuish E. (Eds.) Improving the lives of children and young people: Case studies from Europe. Volume 1. Early Years. Copenhagen: WHO Regional Office for Europe. Pp. 40-49.

  • Sheridan, S. (2017). Preschool quality, governance and systematic quality work in a Swedish preschool context. In: Klinkhammer, N./Schäfer, B./Harring, D./Gwinner, A. (Ed.). Monitoring quality in early childhood education and care. Approaches and experiences from selected countries. Scientific series, Munich: DJI, pp. 41-59.

Selected projects

EXPERT ASSIGNMENTS – selected assignments

  • Keynote and Panel discussion: Contrasting the different perspectives on quality in ECEC in the conference, Different ways – one goal? International approaches to quality: regulation and assurance in Early Childhood, 10-11 November, 2016, Berlin.

  • Invited by the World Bank, to present a paper on the Seventh World Bank ECA Education Conference (P147224). Strengthening the Early Childhood Education System: Investing Early to Ensure Effective Learning. The World Bank is co-organizing the conference with the government of Romania together with the Open Society Foundation, UNICEF and OECD, 6-8 april, 2014.

  • Expert assignment by OECD, to comment on and develop a literature review with relevant Nordic research – Monitoring and Evaluating Quality in ECEC, 2012.

  • Expert assignment by the Ministry of Education and Research to participate in a OECD assignment – Monitoring Child Outcomes in ECEC, 2013.

  • Invited by the Ministry of Education and Research in Sweden to participate in the presidency of The Nordic Council of Ministers seminar in Iceland 28 April, 2009.

  • For NOKUT, expert in evaluating all preschool teacher education on a national level in Norway, 2009 – 2010 (20 universities and university colleges).

  • Employed as expert by the Ministry of Education and Research to revise the Swedish preschool curriculum, 2010.

  • Expert assignment for OECD, to extend the report, Starting Strong 111: A quality toolbox, with research from Sweden, 2011.


  • Constructive Competition within the Swedish Educational system, 2003-2005. Financed by the Swedish Scientific Board, Project leader, Sonja Sheridan.

  • A comparative study of preschool quality together with a research team from Korea, 2004 – 2006. Project leader, Associate professor You-Me Han, Hoseo University, Korea and Associate professor Sonja Sheridan, University of Gothenburg.

  • International and comparative study of young children’s experiences in preschool, 2004 – 2005. Participating researches from eight different countries and five continents.

  • Children’s Early Learning, 2005-2007. Financed by the Swedish Scientific Board, Project leader, professor Ingrid Pramling Samuelsson, professor, member Sonja Sheridan and Eva Johansson.

  • Teacher competence in changes – A study of teacher competence in preschool, 2008-2011. Financed by the Swedish Scientific Board, Project leader professor Sonja Sheridan, member professor Pia Williams and professor Anette Sandberg.

  • Early childhood teacher education: students’ trajectories of learning about children´s literacy, 2012-2015. Financed by the Norwegian Scientific Board, Project leader professor Liv Gjems, member professor Sonja Sheridan.

  • The impact of group size on children´s affordances in preschool, 2012-2015. Financed by the Swedish Scientific Board, Project leader, professor Pia Williams and members professor Sonja Sheridan and professor Ingrid Pramling Samuelsson.

  • Scientific leader for the Pilot project, Training preschool areas within the Preschool Teacher Education Program at the University of Gothenburg (ÖFSO), 2114-2017.

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Suppliant in the Donation Board, Faculty of Philosophy, 2008 – 2011

  • Suppliant and Member of the Ph.D. Education Board at the University of Gothenburg, from 2006 and member, 2008 – 2010

  • Member of the Swedish Organisation Mondiale pour l’Education Prescolair (OMEP).OMEP Board, from 2004 – 2010

  • Chair of the Research board at the Department of education, communication and learning (IPKL), University of Gothenburg, 120701-150630

  • Board member in the Research school, FobaSM, 2012 – 2014.

  • Member of evaluation panel for the units of assessment, Center for social analysis and research on education and learning within the school of teacher education, as part of the assessment of research and coproduction at Halmstad university (ARC13).

  • Member of the Teacher/Employment recruitment board at the Faculty of Education, University of Gothenburg, 150901 – 170131

  • Member of the Swedish Scientific Board – UVK3, Member in the preparation group for research on system, the Swedish Scientific Board, 2014 – 2016


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