Daniel Kallós (1937-2017)

It is with a deep sense of sadness that we announce the passing of our great friend and colleague Emeritus Professor Daniel Kallós who passed away on the 29th October 2017. Daniel was a driving force for research in the field of teacher education and for the establishment of the related field of educational work (pedagogiskt arbete) in Sweden at the turn of the millennium.

The impact of his work has resonated locally through his work at Umeå University and also at a national level in Sweden as described in the obituary by his friends and colleagues Per-Olof Erixon, Jan Sandgren and Maria Löfgren and published in Swedish at https://www.vk.se/2133461/daniel-kallos-umea which is reproduced in English below.

Not only has Daniel’s work had impact at the local and national level, but also his influence has impacted internationally. In particular he was the driving force behind the Thematic Network for Teacher Education in Europe (TNTEE) which formed the foundation on which the TEPE network was built.

There will be a memorial ceremony for Daniel on 25th November 2017 in Umeå.

Here is the tribute to Daniel from Per-Olof Erixon, Jan Sandgren and Maria Löfgren:-

Brian Hudson, Professor of Education, University of Sussex

DEATH. Our friend, colleague and teacher education’s dynamic representative Daniel Kallós has died at the age of 80 years. Closest relatives are wife, children and grandchildren.

He left Lund and Skåne and came to Umeå and Umeå University 30 years ago, when he took up the position of professor at the Educational Department. A few years later, he was appointed chair of the University’s Education and Research Board for teacher training. It was in that capacity that Daniel Kallós actively contributed to the research development of teacher education, not only at Umeå University but also nationally.

Daniel Kallós appeared as a teacher’s teacher at a time when research structures were lacking, and many questioned the location of teacher education at the academy. For several years he was president of the Teacher Training Convention, which served all teacher education in the country. He consciously and systematically worked on building structures to strengthen teacher education, which meant that in 2000, a faculty board for teacher education was established, well before other institutions in the country had established similar bodies.

At the same time, a new research education subject, educational work (pedagogiskt arbete) was established, which allowed students with teacher education qualifications to conduct research studies. To date 80 people have disputed in educational work at Umeå University.

When the government decided to set up 16 research schools in 2000, Daniel Kallós, together with colleagues in the country with well-written applications, succeeded in getting two of them at Umeå University; The National Research School in Educational Work, with participants from seven universities in the country, and the Gender Research School. For his efforts for teacher education, Daniel Kallós 2004 was appointed honorary doctorate at Umeå University.

After retirement, Daniel Kallós grew wholeheartedly into municipal policy and in that capacity is known to wider audience.

We are grateful that we got to know and work with Daniel Kallós. The University is harvesting the fruits of his hard work every day and will do so for a long time to come.

We miss a creative, ‘wordsome’, well-formulated, powerful, colourful and sometimes provocative colleague. Just Daniel’s great dedication and creative glow and ability to create something new and great is what we will especially remember of him. Like the memory of a fellow man and colleague who always stood up for what he believed in and burned for.

Per-Olof Erixon, Professor of Educational Work at Umeå University

Jan Sandgren, Chief Executive Officer at the Faculty Board for Teacher Education

Maria Löfgren, Rector of the School of Teacher Education at Umeå University

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