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ARED - Applied Research on Education and Digitalisation

Research group THE RESEARCH GROUP ARED’s work can be described as a joint interest in education, its point of departure being the digitalisation of school, teacher education, and society.

Theoretically and empirically, ARED’s educational research concerns school and teacher education, policy and steering documents, subject teaching and learning as well as identity and social values. Currently, ARED’s research centres on three subareas:

1. Teacher education and becoming a teacher

2. Educational policy, school development, and school professions 

3. Identity and social values

Each subarea focuses on research questions possible to study in different empirical contexts, which means that the knowledge contribution within one subarea will be valuable and relevant also for the research conducted in the other two subareas.

 Examples of research questions:

  • How do teacher educators prepare student teachers for a working life in as society permeated by digital technologies where professional digital competence (PDC) is an important part of teachers’ knowledge?              
  • In what way(s) can the ongoing digitalisation of school be understood in the light of recent school policy and school actor perspectives (e.g., school leaders, IT educationalists, teachers, and pupils), foregrounding digital agency?                                                                                     
  • What are the critical questions and implications associated with identity, social values, and digital technologies – outside and within educational contexts – and how do they collapse in these contexts?  


ARED is actively involved in three national graduate schools financed by the Swedish Research Council. The three schools focus on various aspects of digitalisation in school, teacher education, and society. For additional information: https://graderesearch.umu.se/

Head of research


Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Centre for Digital Social Research, Department of Applied Educational Science Research

Research area

Educational sciences, Pedagogy

Publications from ARED

The international journal of information and learning technology, Emerald Group Publishing Limited 2023, Vol. 40, (1) : 49-61
Hällgren, Camilla; Björk, Åsa
Postdigital Science and Education, Springer 2022, Vol. 4 : 467-493
Örtegren, Alex
Postdigital Science and Education, Springer 2022 : 271-329
MacKenzie, Alison; Bacalja, Alexander; Annamali, Devisakti; et al.
European Educational Research Journal (online), Sage Publications 2022, Vol. 21, (5) : 845-868
Cone, Lucas; Brøgger, Katja; Berghmans, Mieke; et al.
Education and Information Technologies: Official Journal of the IFIP technical committee on Education, Springer-Verlag New York 2022, Vol. 27 : 11741-11758
Gustafsson, Ulrika
Early years, Routledge 2022, Vol. 42, (2) : 167-181
Marklund, Leif
Early years, Routledge 2022, Vol. 42, (4-5) : 434-449
Löfgren, Håkan; Manni, Annika
Education Inquiry, Taylor & Francis Group 2021, Vol. 12, (4) : 311-316
Olofsson, Anders D.; Lindberg, Ola J.
Education Inquiry, Taylor & Francis 2021, Vol. 12, (4) : 390-409
Lindfors, Maria; Pettersson, Fanny; Olofsson, Anders D.
Education Inquiry, Taylor & Francis Group 2021, Vol. 12, (4) : 317-328
Olofsson, Anders D.; Lindberg, Ola J.; Young Pedersen, Alex; et al.
Education in the North, Aberdeen: University of Aberdeen 2021, Vol. 28, (3) : 85-99
Olofsson, Anders D.; Lindberg, Ola J.; Fransson, Göran
Education Inquiry, Taylor & Francis Group 2021, Vol. 12, (4) : 329-346
Gustafsson, Ulrika
Educational studies (Dorchester-on-Thames), Routledge 2020, Vol. 46, (6) : 727-743
Olofsson, Anders D.; Fransson, Göran; Lindberg, J. Ola
Journal of Early Childhood Education Research, Early Childhood Education Association Finland 2020, Vol. 9, (1) : 171-193
Marklund, Leif
Latest update: 2022-08-12