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To learn how to learn

Research project The rapid technological development taking place in society means that working life is changing. In line with societal development, many people also need to continuously learn new things, develop skills and further their education. That learning continues across the life span is commonly referred to as lifelong learning.

In this project, we investigate how people's ability, motivation and desire for lifelong learning can be strengthened. The project involves developing digital tools to improve learning motivation, as well as studying factors related to or predictive of lifelong learning, and investigating people's attitudes towards career change and competence development. The project is a collaboration between researchers at Luleå University of Technology and Umeå University as well as representatives of business and organizations engaged in issues of learning.

Head of project

Jessica Körning-Ljungberg
Professor , Luleå University of Technology

Project overview

Project period:

2022-01-01 2024-10-31

Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Department of Psychology

Research area


External funding


Project description

To learn how to learn is a research project that aims to facilitate individuals’ ability, motivation and desire for lifelong learning.

The project "To learn how to learn" consists of several different sub-projects. The main part of the project consists of the development of digital tools that should be able to strengthen learning and contribute to increased curiosity and motivation for learning in general. The digital tools are tested both on university students and on people in working life to increase understanding of how the tools work within different learning contexts and within different target groups.

In a study called "Attitudes towards lifelong learning", we investigate people's motivation and driving forces towards lifelong learning, competence development and career change. In this study, we also investigate if and how these factors are connected with, for example, personality and curiosity. We are also interested in understanding what people value when it comes to, for example, career choice and education. The data collection is ongoing and is carried out using a digital survey study.

In another study, we investigate people's propensity for further education, skill development and career change over the life span and how that associates with other factors. In this study, we analyze longitudinal data from the Betula study.

Cooperation partners

NOX Consulting
Sprout Park

External funding

Latest update: 2023-05-02