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Stina Thunberg
Stina Thunberg

Stina Thunberg

Luleå University of Technology
Swedish and Education
Education and Languages
Department of Health, Education and Technology
+46 (0)920 493176
R221 Luleå

Research and teaching

I am a teacher at Teacher Education and are finishing my doctoral studies. 


My research interests are engagement, play, gamification and game-based learning in the context of L1 and L2 teaching and learning. My upcoming thesis, The Reading Avatar, is an educational design research project using game elements in the literature classroom to stimulate reading engagement. A pilot study was conducted in the ninth grade. The main study investigates a gamified literature education design in the upper secondary L1 and L2 classrooms. The design combines the reading of a printed book, the classical novel Mr Arnes Money by Selma Lagerlöf, with the digital avatar to make the students descend into the story. The project is a part of Art Tech Learning Lab here at LTU. 

During the collection of the material in upper secondary I made a smaller study with L2 teachers working with newly arrived students. The newly arrived read the H.C. Andersen classical story of Thumbelina and combined the reading with creating a digital avatar. 

Recently I have done a pilot study in teacher education. The study is an educational design reserach project, making the teacher students design board games for primary education  to stimulate design thinking and subject learning in L1. 

Art Tech Learning Lab

The Reading Avatar project is a part of Art Tech Learning Lab and new ideas how to use technology for teaching and learning are in progress. Read more about Art Teach Learning Lab.

Teaching experience

Teaching L1, L2 and comparative religion in Upper secondary education and Adult education

Teaching L1,  L2, didactics and pedagogy at Teacher Education

Teaching "Swedish for beginners" to international students




Conference paper

Learning About Learning by Making Board Games (2021)

Dialogical Perspectives from L1 Teacher Education
Thunberg. S, Andersson. M, Graeske. C
Part of: Abstracts of PapersPresented at the 15th European Conference on Game Based Learning ECGBL 2021, s. 127-127, ACI Academic Conferences International, 2021
Chapter in book

Spawn 2.0 — Att spela sig till läsning (2020)

Graeske. C, Lundström. S, Smith. E, Thunberg. S, Vallin. H
Part of: Litteraturdidaktik
Chapter in book

Avatarer i litteraturundervisningen (2019)

Thunberg. S
Part of: 2018
Conference paper

Boys and Girl-ish Avatars (2019)

Performing Gender in Language Education
Thunberg. S, Graeske. C
Part of: ARLE 2019, Abstracts for 'Conference participation ARLE 2019', International Assocaciation for Research in L1 Education, 2019
Chapter in book

Läsning av Tummelisa - med hjälp av en avatar (2019)

Thunberg. S
Part of: Litteraciteter och flerspråkighet