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Biosketch: Professor Åsa Mäkitalo

Åsa Mäkitalo is Professor of Education and co-director of LinCS. From 2010 she is also head of the University of Gothenburg LETStudio.The LETStudio engages in issues of how learning, knowing and agency in society are intertwined with technologies, how emerging knowledge practices are generated and how established expertise and forms of participation are challenged. Mäkitalo specializes in research on institutional communication from a sociocultural and dialogical perspective. Her empirical work range from studies in schools to higher education and work settings and can be summarized as follows:

  • Technologies and the transformation of expertise
  • The social organisation of learning and knowing
  • Remembering as an institutional practice
  • Social, moral and cognitive accountability
  • Forms of participation and co-production of knowledge

Recent and forthcoming publications 

Mäkitalo, T. E. Nicewonger & M. Elam (Eds.). (Forthcoming). Designs for Digital Experimentation and Inquiry: Approaching learning and knowing in digital transformation. Routledge.

Fauville, G., Domegan, C., Copejans, E., Gotensparre, S., McHugh, P., Papathanassiou, M., Mäkitalo, Å. Alvarez Chicote, C., Crouch, F., Lincoln, S., Batista, V. & Friis Møller. L. (in press). Using Collective Intelligence to identify barriers to teaching 12-19 year olds about the ocean in Europe. Marine Policy.

Bengtsson, U., Kjellgren, K., Hallberg, I., Lundin, M. & Mäkitalo, Å. (in press). Patient contributions during consultations in hypertension care after self-reporting via a mobile phone self-management support system. Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care.

Solli, A., Hillman, T. & Mäkitalo, Å. (2017). Navigating the complexity of socio-scientific controversies – how students make multiple voices present in discourse. E-publ. before press. Research in Science Education. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11165-017-9668-5

Mäkitalo, Å., Linell, P., & Säljö, R. (2017) (Eds.) Memory practices and learning - interactional, institutional and sociocultural perspectives. Information Age Publishing, Inc. http://www.infoagepub.com/products/Memory-Practices-and-Learning

Lundin, M. & Mäkitalo, Å. (2017). Co-designing technologies in the context of hypertension care: negotiating participation and technology use in design meetings. Informatics for Health and Social Care. 42(1), 18-31. Doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/17538157.2015.1113176

Mäkitalo, Å. (2016). On the notion of agency in studies of interaction and learning. Learning, Culture and Social Interaction 10, 64-67.

Erstad, O., Kumpulainen, K., Mäkitalo, Å., Schrøder, K., Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt, P. & Jóhannsdóttir, T. (2016) (Eds.). Learning across contexts in the knowledge society. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.

Edstrand, E., Lantz-Andersson, A., Säljö, R. & Mäkitalo, Å. (2016). Deciphering the anatomy of scientific argumentation: The emergence of science literacy. To appear in O. Erstad, S. Jakobsdottir, K. Kumpulainen, Å. Mäkitalo, P. Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt & K. Schrøder (Eds.), Learning Across Contexts in the Knowledge Society (pp. 39-62). Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.

Fauville, G., Lantz-Andersson, A. Mäkitalo, Å., Dupont, S. & Säljö, R. (2016). The carbon footprint as a mediating tool in students’ online reasoning about climate change. To appear in O. Erstad, S. Jakobsdottir, K. Kumpulainen, Å. Mäkitalo, P. Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt & K. Schrøder (Eds.), Learning Across Contexts in the Knowledge Society (pp. 179-202). Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.

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