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Research presentation

Lena O Magnusson

Lena O Magnusson

Research presentation

Lena O Magnusson

Senior lecturer
Head of Art Education

Research subject: Art education
Research domain: Educational Sciences

Lena O Magnusson holds a PhD in Arts Education from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. She is a senior lecturer in visual arts and arts education. Magnusson leads the research group ECE (Early Childhood Education); she is also engaged in the research group ROLE (Research On Learning Environments). Her main research area concerns young children and preschool education, focusing on digital technology, STEAM education, literacy, learning environment, visual art pedagogy and visual culture. Another area of interest is research on aesthetic [learning] processes, aesthetic forms of expression, and their capacity in teacher education.


Magnusson has one ongoing research project. It is a Swedish Research Council-funded project, STEAM teaching in preschool, run between 2023–2026 and is a collaboration between University of Gävle, Stockholm University and Umeå University. Read more about the STEAM project.



Scholarly articles, refereed

Magnusson, L. (2023). Digital technology and the subjects of literacy and mathematics in the preschool atelier. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 24 (3), 333-345. 10.1177/1463949120983485 [More information]
Björklund, E., Magnusson, L. & Fernström, I. (2023). Lärares perspektiv på breddat deltagande i högre utbildning: mångfald, omsorg och merarbete. Högre Utbildning, 13 (2), 58-71. 10.23865/hu.v13.4013 [More information]
Magnusson, L. & Elm, A. (2023). The Entangled Intersection of Children’s and Educators’ Engagement in the Educational Environment of a Preschool. Early Childhood Education Journal. 10.1007/s10643-023-01533-4 [More information]
Magnusson, L., Forsling, K. & Walldén Hillström, K. (2023). ”Titta, jag ser dig!” – kameran som resurs för delaktighet i förskolan. Utbildning och Lärande / Education and Learning, 17 (4), 53-67. 10.58714/ul.v17i4.18259 [More information]
Magnusson, L. & Bäckman, K. (2023). What is the capacity of A in the contexts of STEM?. Early years, 43 (1), 123-136. 10.1080/09575146.2021.1914557 [More information]
Magnusson, L. & Bäckman, K. (2022). Teaching and learning in age-homogeneous groups versus mixed-age groups in the preschool – the Swedish example. Cogent Education, 9 (1). 10.1080/2331186x.2022.2109802 [More information]
Magnusson, L. (2021). “Look, my name! I can write” – literacy events and digital technology in the preschool atelier. Journal of Early Childhood Literacy. 10.1177/14687984211058943 [More information]
Magnusson, L. (2021). Visual research material and diffractive readings – a relational research story. QSE. International journal of qualitative studies in education, 34 (3), 183-196. 10.1080/09518398.2020.1735564 [More information]
Magnusson, L. (2021). ‘Wow, this is like dreaming!’ Different ways of working with visual arts and the work of artists in the preschool atelier. International Art in Early Childhood Research Journal (1). External link [More information]
Magnusson, L. (2018). Photographic agency and agency of photographs : Three-year-olds and digital cameras. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 43 (3), 34-42. 10.23965/AJEC.43.3.04 [More information]

Scholarly articles, non-refereed

Jusslin, S., Bodén, L., Magnusson, L. & Østen, T. (2022). Editorial - Post-approaches to education and the arts: Putting theories to work in arts educational practices. JASED - Journal for Research in Arts and Sports Education, 6 (3), 1-10. 10.23865/jased.v6.4017 [More information]
Magnusson, L. & Maapalo, P. (2020). Språk og materie er uatskillelige. DRAMA : Nordisk dramapedagogisk tidsskrift, 2, 32-37. [More information]

Other articles (popular science, debate etc.)

Kjällander, S., Walan, S., Nilsen, M., Petersen, P., Caiman, C., Godhe, A., Ebbelind, A., Enochsson, A., Lagergren, A., Kuusisto, A., Dunkels, E., Patron, E., Norén, E., Monian, F., Palmér, A., Forsling, K., Walldén Hillström, K., Wernholm, M., Lagerlöf, P., Magnusson, L., Hvit Lindstrand, S., Holmberg, K., Danielsson, K. & Selander, S. (2023). Förskolan behöver en digitaliseringsstrategi. Svenska Dagbladet (18-jun). External link [More information]
Published by: Camilla Haglund Page responsible: Sara Perttunen Sundberg Updated: 2023-05-04
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