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The research group's (U-GARD) work takes its starting point in the group members’ joint research interests in digital practices existing both outside and within formal educational contexts and with a clear relation to the K-12 school, higher education in general and teacher education in particular.
Digitally mediated human activities and social interactions outside formal educational contexts have a strong influence on how such activities and interactions are shaped and take place therein – and vice versa.
U-GARD's theoretical and empirical research concerns young children up to adults. Moreover, research- and development work addresses various questions concerning the role of digital technology per se as well as processes mediated by digital technology in educational practices.
U-GARD's activities draw on in three different, yet interrelated, areas of research :
These areas intersect applied research in digital practices and diverge by their individual research focus. This is an advantage, since each area contains research questions that are possible to apply in several different empirical settings which means that knowledge contributions within one area can be used to inform research within other areas.
Examples of research questions: