Vestfold University College

Thomas Moser

Professor, Dr.

Phone number: +47 31 00 85 65


Prof. Dr. Thomas Moser (psychology; ECEC research; sports science) is a professor of education at Vestvold University College. He has managed or participated in several research projects on ECEC in Norway, funded by the Norwegian Research Council. His research interests concerns curriculum and quality research in ECEC; body, learning and development; didactical issues; endangered children; physical environment/space. He is currently participating in three national, longitudinal studies in ECEC (“Behaviour Outlook Norwegian Developmental Study – BONDS”, Norwegian Centre for Child Behavioral Development, “Better Provision for Norway's children in ECEC - BePro” Oslo University College and University of Stavanger; “Stavanger project – the learning child”, Reading Centre at the University of Stavanger, where he has a part time professorship). He is a co-author of the annual mapping and appraisal of Scandinavian research in early childhood institutions since 2006 (Danish Clearinghouse for Educational Research, Aarhus University). Moser was on several occasions pointed out from the Ministry of Science and Education as a member of public committees and national and international (OECD) expert groups, mainly regarding quality in ECEC. He is also a member of the International Scientific Council for "Institut für frühkindliche Bildung" at the University of Osnabrück (Germany). Moser was co-founder and is a board member of The Norwegian National Graduate School in Teacher Education – NAFOL and of the national research network “Children and Space”.  

Kari Jacobsen

Research assistant

Phone number: +4795274783


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Kari Jacobsen ( 1946) is an educated preschool teacher and holds a masters degree in early childhood education and care from Oslo University College.

Since 1976 she was employed in Norwegian ministries responsible for ECEC, since 2006 as a senior adviser in the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research. Her work has been related to legislation, content and quality of ECEC and Nordic and international co-operation in the field.

In 2001 – 2002 she was chair of a working group in the Council of Europe, Programme for Children and Families, drafting a recommendation on Early Childhood Care and Education. The recommendation was adopted by the Committee of Ministers September 2002.

She was Norwegian national coordinator in the OECD’s Thematic Review of Early Childhood Education and Care policy 1998/2006, member of the review team in Portugal 2000, member of the OECD ECEC network since 2006, appointed vice chair of the network in 2008 and chair of the network in 2009 and 2010.

Kari Jacobsen retired in 2011. In 2013 she was research assistant for Professor Doctor Thomas Moser at Buskerud and Vestfold University College.on the EU project no EAC/17/2012 Study on the effective use of early childhood edcucation and care  (ECEC) in preventing early school leaving (ESL). She is now assisting professor Thomas Moser in the CARE project, specificly on tasks related to WP 2, 4 and 7.