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Åsa Mäkitalo


Åsa Mäkitalo
+46 31 786 2357

Room number: Pedagogen B Åsikten
Postal Address: Box 300, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Läroverksgatan 15 , 41120 Göteborg

Department of Education, Communication and Learning (More Information)
Box 300
405 30 Göteborg
Fax: +46 31 786 2391
Visiting Address: Läroverksgatan 15 , 411 20 Göteborg

About Åsa Mäkitalo

Åsa Mäkitalo is Professor of Education with a background in human resource and organisation studies. In 2006-2018 she was a co-director of LinCS, a CoE in Research on Learning and IT. In 2010 she established the University of Gothenburg LETStudio - a network of scholars conducting interdisciplinary research on how technologies are intertwined in core activities in society with a focus on the transformation of knowledge and learning practices.

Åsa specialises in research on institutional communication that concern what it implies to appropriate, collectively maintain, and develop institutional forms of knowing. The analytical focus is on participants' ways of organising and coordinating activities including the sense-making practices that are triggered when new issues or social dilemmas need to be attended to and transformed into accountable ways of working. Mäkitalo also takes an interest in the activities institutions arrange in order to intergrate or activate individuals or groups to participate a normatively preferred community.

Recent research activities
Her empirical work range from studies in schools to higher education and work settings and can be summarized as follows:

• Technologies and the transformation of expertise
• The social organisation of learning and knowing
• Remembering as an institutional practice
• Social, moral and cognitive accountability
• Forms of participation and co-production of knowledge

Recent/ongoing projects:

  • Professional Trust and Autonomous Systems. Funded by Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation. (2020-cont.) Co-applicant.
  • LETCOM - Learning and teaching through controversy mapping. Funded by the Swedish Research Council. (2015-cont.) Scientific leader.
  • LETStudio – The University of Gothenburg Learning and Media Technology Studio (2010-cont.) Scientific leader.
  • MobCitSci - Taking science to the crowd: Researchers, programmers and volunteer contributors transforming science online. Funded by Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation (2014-2018). Researcher.
  • LinCS – The Linnaeus Centre for Research on Learning, Interaction and Mediated Communication in contemporary Society. CoE with 10 years of funding from The Swedish Research Council. (2006-2018). Co-Director.


Latest publications

Textures of experience in professional practice: Learning from working with material formations.
Åsa Mäkitalo
Invited SIG10 Symposium presentation at the EARLI Conference in Aachen, Conference contribution 2019
Conference contribution

Digital inquiry into emerging issues of public concern: Controversy mapping in a Swedish school context.
Åsa Mäkitalo, Mark Elam, Anne Solli, Sandra Ferraz Freire
Designs for experimentation and inquiry. Approaching learning and knowing in digital transformation., London, Routledge, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

Approaching writing and learning as interdependent processes
Åsa Mäkitalo
Learning, Culture and Social Interaction, Review article 2019
Review article

Åsa Mäkitalo, Todd Nicewonger, Mark Elam
Designs for experimentation and inquiry. Approaching learning and knowing in digital transformation, London, Routledge, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

E-hälsa och självrapportering – ett pedagogiskt perspektiv
Åsa Mäkitalo
På tal om eHälsa, Lund, Studentlitteratur, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

Collaborative development in transforming drama text to stage text.
Martin Göthberg, Cecilia Björck, Åsa Mäkitalo
Contribution to Symposia at the EARLI SIG 10/21 conference 30-31 of August 2018 in Luxembourg., Conference contribution 2018
Conference contribution

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Renderings of an invisible condition: Graphs as objects and means of communication in hypertension consultations
Åsa Mäkitalo, Karin I Kjellgren, Roger Säljö
Contribution to Symposia arranged at the EARLI SIG14 Learning and Professional Development conference on September 12-14 in Geneva, Conference contribution 2018
Conference contribution

A dialogical approach to students’ meaning making in complex digital environments.
Åsa Mäkitalo
Symposia paper at EARLI conference SIG10/21 in Luxembourg 30-31 of August 2018., Conference contribution 2018
Conference contribution

Rendering controversial socioscientific issues legible through digital mapping tools
Anne Solli, Åsa Mäkitalo, Thomas Hillman
International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, Journal article 2018
Journal article

Using collective intelligence to identify barriers to teaching 12–19 year olds about the ocean in Europe
Geraldine Fauville, Patricia McHugh, Christine Domegan, Åsa Mäkitalo, Lene Friis Møller et al.
Marine Policy, Journal article 2018
Journal article


Epilogue: Memory practices writ large and small.
Per Linell, Åsa Mäkitalo
Å. Mäkitalo., P. Linell & R. Säljö (Eds.), Memory practices and learning – interactional, institutional and sociocultural perspectives., Charlotte, NC, Information Age Publishing, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

Socioscientific Issues via Controversy Mapping: Bringing Actor-Network Theory into the Science Classroom with Digital Technology
Mark Elam, Anne Solli, Åsa Mäkitalo
Paper prepared for the Third Nordic Science and Technology Studies Conference, University of Gothenburg, May 31st – June 2nd 2017 , Conference contribution 2017
Conference contribution

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