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Innovative Learning

The societal changes of today are driving new ways of thinking, acting and learning for children, young people and adults in the physical on-line and virtual spaces of tomorrow. The strategic research area Innovative Learning addresses issues of the education and learning of today and tomorrow.

Guadalupe Francia, former research leader for the area talks about Innovative Learning and the research programmes within the area.

We strive to develop knowledge, strategies and working methods to address the societal changes that affect learning processes for children, young people and adults in formal and informal educational contexts.

In close cooperation with private and public sectors, we address issues relating to the structuring of education and learning for today and tomorrow in order to contribute to a long-term sustainable society built on democracy and justice.

A driving force here is the opportunity to construct research in a new way. Connecting across disciplines to take on complex societal challenges gives us new opportunities for creating knowledge that benefits a broader public.

Anneli Frelin, Research Leader

This is what the research leaders say about the research domain:

Anneli Frelin on Innovative Learning

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The strategic research domain Innovative Learning addresses social challenges linked to goals 1, 4, 5, 10 and 16 in Agenda 2030.

The goal of the strategic research domain Innovative Learning, where we address issues of how education and learning of today and tomorrow can be shaped, is to contribute to a long-term sustainable society that is just and democratic.

The technological development is rapid, teachers have further opportunities to make teaching vibrant and the pupils can demonstrate their knowledge in new ways. The need for more knowledge on how this affects children’s and adults’ learning, as well as how school development is affected by social, financial and cultural structures, is extensive.

Within 10 years, more than 1,000 new schools and pre-schools need to be built, learning environments where children, young people and adults can thrive and grow. At the same time, we have an extensive shortage of teachers, growing numbers of pupils, declining knowledge results and declining health, and accordingly, new knowledge is required about how learning environments of tomorrow can contribute to meeting these challenges.

Our research programmes, which address learning processes for social sustainability, digitalisation and future learning environments, are all interdisciplinary. We collaborate with private and public sectors, and operate both nationally and internationally as the challenges we face are local as well as global.

Research Programmes

Three research programmes constitute the strategic research domain Innovative Learning: Democracy and Equity, Digitalisation, technologies, media and learning and Learning environments of tomorrow.

Democracy and Equity

The programme Democracy and Equity: learning processes for social sustainability (DELSOH) seeks to develop innovative research on learning processes at an individual, group, policy and social level to address existing and future social challenges with a focus on democracy and equal worth on a local and global level. The handling of these challenges require interdisciplinary research that is based on a holistic perspective where sustainability’s three dimensions, the ecological, the economic and the social, interact with each other.

Programme Co-ordinator: Silvia Edling

  • The research programme is linked to the research team SEEDS.

Digitalisation, Technologies, Media and Learning

The globalisation and digitalisation of society means that prerequisites and conditions for work, learning and leisure are changing. This research programme focuses on institutional, organisational, social, technical, financial and contextual possibilities and challenges linked to digitalisation and learning in society, e.g. in the educational, corporate and health sectors.

Programme Co-ordinator: Niklas Humble

Learning Environments of Tomorrow (LET)

As society changes, pre-schools and schools also need to change. There is presently an extensive need for new construction and renovations, and creating suitable and sustainable learning environments for tomorrow takes interdisciplinary research to take on the complex challenge. Examples of focus areas are: design and use of schools, pre-schools and playgrounds and artefacts, such as furniture and technology; change processes and new kinds of learning environments including flexible, multi-zone and hybrid learning environments. The University of Gävle, has unique conditions for cooperation across disciplines and a high level of expertise among the researchers.[SE1] The research programme LET constitutes a natural node for cooperation in societal demand.

Programme Co-ordinator: Jan Grannäs

Research Leader

The strategic research area is led by two research leaders.

Anneli Frelin, professor didaktik vid Högskolan i Gävle. Bild tagen 190206.

Anneli Frelin

Ph. D. Professor in Curriculum Studies

E-mail: anneli.frelin@hig.se
Phone: +46 26 64 81 43

Research Presentation Anneli Frelin

Daniel Pettersson, professor i pedagogik.

Daniel Pettersson

Professor in Education

E-mail: daniel.pettersson@hig.se
Phone: + 46 70-258 46 19

Research Presentation Daniel Pettersson

Published by: Anna-Carin Skytt Page responsible: Veronica Liljeroth Updated: 2023-11-14
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