ROLE - Research On Learning Environments

ROLE inquires into educational environments using relational and spatial perspectives. Our aim is to contribute to research leading to better conditions for teaching, learning and social sustainability.

We study pedagogical and didactical aspects of relations betweeen (a), design and usage of schools, preschools and playgrounds, artefacts such as furniture and technology, (b), conceptions of education and its purposes among students, staff and management, and (c), social practices in education - relationships in schools, preschools and leisure pedagogy.


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Example of learning environment. Photo: Anneli Frelin

Example of learning environment. Photo: Anneli Frelin

Finished research projects

  • Building school - collaboration with architect Suzanne de Laval, post occupancy evaluation in nine schools using walk through evaluation.
  • Building a sustainable educational environment - the pilot study examined a newly opened secondary school, purposefully created to counteract segregation
  • Interstices in school - I projektet Skolans mellanrum undersöktes relationsarbete för att åstadkomma en trygg skola för eleverna i en nyligen ombyggd skola
  • Youth and sustainable participatory citizenship  

Publications from members

Aktuella publikationer

Refereegranskade artiklar

Frelin, A. & Fransson, G. (2019). Principals’ experiences of changes in relationships with newly qualified teachers resulting from a teacher registration reform. International Journal of Educational Management, 33 (4), 556-568. 10.1108/IJEM-02-2018-0076 [Mer information]


Grannäs, J. & Frelin, A. (2020). Safe and unsafe school environments through the eyes of the students. Understanding European School Buildings : Policies, People and Practices. Bad Heilbrunn: Verlag Julius Klinkhardt. [Mer information]
Frelin, A. & Grannäs, J. (2019). Konflikthantering i skolan : Ett ekologiskt perspektiv. Skolans konflikter : Vad varje lärare bör veta. Lund: Studentlitteratur AB. S. 75-92. [Mer information]


Frelin, A. (2019). Comparisons Across Borders : The Professional Territories of Teachers and Social Pedagogues. . [Mer information]
Grannäs, J. & Stavem, S. (2019). Rebuilding the teaching and learning environment in an open-plan school building. . [Mer information]
Grannäs, J. & Kelchtermans, G. (2019). Teachers interpretive negotiations and learning environmental competence. . [Mer information]
Frelin, A. & Grannäs, J. (2019). Teachers’ pedagogical conceptions of a planned activity based learning environment. . [Mer information]
Frelin, A. & Grannäs, J. (2018). Changing school environments through the eyes of the students. AERA abstract repository. [Mer information]
Frelin, A. & Quiles-Fernández, E. (2018). Professional border territories : A cross-country understanding of social educators and pedagogues in the school landscape. . [Mer information]


de Laval, S., Frelin, A. & Grannäs, J. (2019). Ifous fokuserar: Skolmiljöer - Utvärdering och erfarenhetsåterföring i fysisk skolmiljö. Stockholm: 67 s. (Ifous rapportserie 2019:2) Länk [Mer information]

Professor Anneli Frelin

Docent Jan Grannäs

Published by: Anneli Frelin Page responsible: Veronica Liljeroth Updated: 2019-08-26
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