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Stina Thunberg
Doctoral student at Luleå University of Technology View original picture , opens in new tab/window

Technology as an enabler for finding new ways to reach students and develop their reading

Published: 29 July 2021

Both national and international reports and research show that reading is in decline, at the same time the interest in new methods of reading that include new technology is enormous. It is not about pure technological optimism but about finding new ways to develop students' reading.

-You have to remember how important reading is to be able to take part in society in general, but also how important it is also to be able to develop as a human being, says Stina Thunberg who researches how teaching design can develop methods and principles for engagement in relationships to literacy. Stina is a doctoral student at Luleå University of Technology in Swedish with a didactic focus.

-In my dissertation project, The Reading Avatar , reading in Swedish and Swedish as the second language classroom is central. The research focuses on how the avatar can be used to create empathy in a literary work. In that case, my research combines the reading of a printed work with digital technology.

In the long run, the challenge is that the focus is not only on commitment but also the literary text and what happens to it and with literary reading in the technical landscape.

-I want to focus my research on several forms of technology that can enable and develop reading and learning. For example, developed forms of communication and participation both in the classroom and in the literary text. Various forms of avatars, Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality and even holograms are interesting for creating empathy, in-depth learning and commitment. Here, too, the gender perspective is important to explore.

Through the ArcTech lab, there are the conditions for researchers to test new technology, and here researchers from different subject disciplines meet who can test ideas about technology and learning in practice.

-For me as a researcher, it means being part of a team with a research dialogue that creates good conditions for creativity and innovation with opportunities to influence and change today's educational landscape, Stina concludes.



Stina Thunberg

Stina Thunberg, Lecturer

Phone: +46 (0)920 493176
Organisation: Swedish and Education, Education and Languages, Department of Health, Education and Technology