In the research project A Walk from East to West: A Study of Status Differences in Oslo Street Names Haugerud and Wolden investigates the social meaning of street names. Who decides whom or what a street should be named after? How does the 2807 different street names of Oslo convey information about the wealth, power and social status of the city’s inhabitants?
Previous winners of the Holberg Prize School Project:
"Norwegian is 'basically' dying out" by Elin Haugum, Emilie Jensen and Adele F. E. Grønningsæther from Heggen Upper Secondary School.
"Study drugs. The dark side of performance culture?" – Dahlske Upper Secondary School
Aina Pedersen, Beate Haugen, Helene Storenes, Helene Storsæter og Serina Hansen aim to explore why students use performance-enhancing drugs in educational contexts. They have interviewed students at a Norwegian university and collected data from a surve done in different university programs. The jury states that the project is "exiting and engaging and the findings are both interesting and astounding, as they indicate a widespread use of these drugs within university programs associated a high level of stress, namely law and medicine".
"Waiting room culture" – Randaberg Upper Secondary School
William Thomas Middelthon has visited waiting rooms in different parts of Stavanger municipial, and studied them as a social and cultural situation. The jury states that "This years' prize goes to an impressive project that stands out in many ways. The pupil focuses on how we relate to one another in an everyday situation, by observing the way people behave in a waiting room. He has also conducted a questionaire amongst those waiting. The jury wants to commend his ability to observe details, analyze these observations, and to see them in a bigger theoretical picture".
"Code-switching in and Norwegian-Italian family" – Rosenvilde Upper Secondary School
In her research project, Iben Aarbakke explored the underlying structures of language code-switching in an Italian-Norwegian speaking family. The jury of the school prize states that "All in all, "kodeveksling i en norsk-italiensk familie" is an outstanding research project that shows both great personal involvement, creativity, keen theoretical insights and a good understanding of the methodological demands within the research tradition."
"Who is not a kven? The kvens silent struggle for recognition" – Elvebaken Upper Secondary School
Olivia Paulsen and Eline Rønvik from Elvebakken Upper Secondary School von the school competition in 2014 with a research project about the Kvens, a Finnish-Norwegian ethnic minority and their historical struggle for official recognition.
"The Bergen Steamship Company during World War II" – Bergen Katedralskole
In this project the pupils did a case study of the association between the Bergen Steamship Company and the Germans during the war. After the war, the police pressed charges against the shipping company for treason against the country, but the case was closed without a verdict. The pupil research project conludes that the case should have been investigated more thoroughly.
"My family during the industrial revolution" – Vennesla Upper Secondary School
The project shows how a family was affected by the industrialization of shipping at the end of the 19th Century, with the transition from sailing ships to steam ships. Steam ships created economic problems for the family, but the transition also had positive aspects, such as more food and health improvements.
"Cultural conflicts in our society" – Mysen Upper Secondary School
This study found that immigrant youth experience most of their cultural conflicts in relation to other immigrants with different cultural background than themselves.
"Cheating in school" – Langhaugen Upper Secondary School
Three out of five students have cheated on exams and tests in upper secondary school. Girls seem to cheat more – and at the same time they tend to have more bad conscience about it than boys.
"Adaptation - From book to movie and back again" – Fana Upper Secondary School
Are books more read when adapted into a movie? In this project they found no such effect.
"Wikipedia" – Langhaugen Upper Secondary School
How do pupils in upper secondary school use Wikipedia. Are they critical in their use of this website, or is it a "copy/paste-culture" among the pupils? Are there any differece between girl and boys in this matter?
"Happiness" – Stavanger Katedralskole
Norway is one of the richest countries in the world, but are Norwegian teenagers happier than teenagers from poorer places? The Project studied Palestinian and Norwegian teenager’s view of their own happiness.
"School lunches" – Bergen Handelsgymnasium
Is there a difference between what girls and boys eat at their school lunches. And what about the difference between the pupils at schools with or without a cafeteria?
"Local dialects" – Vennesla Upper Secondary School
The local dialect in the schools area is largely unaffected by the dialect of a larger city nearby, this project tried to find out why.
"The Olympics" – Oslo Katedralskole
Are the Olympics a friendly game between nations, or an arena for political conflict?