What is the research area about?
Learning in relation to school and university education is about learning in a school context where all school forms, from preschool to university and university, are included. The research deals with both formal and informal learning and addresses issues such as learning environments, inclusion, diversity and citizenship, as well as students, students and teachers' experiences of certain phenomena in learning situations. Furthermore, issues like: how, what, where, and why learning is done, and what resources are being addressed.
Within the area, research focuses on: pedagogical relationships, existential dimensions of learning, leadership's importance for school activities and learning, youth's media habits, philosophical conversations with children, young and adult, the importance of spatial theories in learning, gender and intersectionality, aesthetic learning processes, as well as teaching media and new learning technologies.
Why is the research important?
Research on learning is research about the future. The fact that students can take advantage of their studies and learn in the best way is crucial to society as education is a cornerstone for the values, democracy and economy of society. For decades back, many people are worrying about falling results in Swedish school and often lacking mathematical knowledge and reading comprehension emerges. Even the lack of teacher is something that alerts, and as a result, new innovative learning styles and designs tend to emerge, which we are eager to investigate.
What knowledge does the research contribute to?
Our overall research in the field contributes to increased understanding of how and why learning in different schools and school contexts takes place. With in-depth knowledge of conditions and organization of learning, opportunities for better learning are provided. Our research contributes with new knowledge that leads to more effective planning, management and organization of learning in different forms of school.