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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 dilemmas need to be attended to and transformed into accountable ways of working. Åsa 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 has ranged 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

Ongoing/recent projects:

  • Learning and teaching through controversy mapping. Funded by the Swedish Research Council. (2015-2019.) Scientific leader.
  • Taking science to the crowd: Researchers, programmers and volunteer contributors transforming science online. Funded by Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation (2014-2018). Researcher.
  • 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

Approaching writing and learning as interdependent processes
Åsa Mäkitalo
Learning, Culture and Social Interaction, Journal article 2020
Journal article

A state-of-the-art review of direct observation tools for assessing competency in person-centred care.
Nina Ekman, Charles Taft, Philip Moons, Åsa Mäkitalo, Boström Eva et al.
International Journal of Nursing Studies, Review article 2020
Review article

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. Åsa Mäkitalo, Todd E. Nicewonger, Mark Elam (red.), London, Routledge, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

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

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

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Teachers’ dilemmatic decision-making: reconciling coexisting policies of increased student retention and performance
Charlotte Jonasson, Åsa Mäkitalo, Klaus Nielsen
Teachers and Teaching: theory and practice, Journal article 2015
Journal article

Artefacts mediating practices across time and space: Sociocultural studies of material conditions for learning and remembering.
Kai Hakkarainen, Beatrice Ligorio, Giuseppe Ritella, Hans Christian Arnseth, Alfredo Jornet Gil et al.
Exploring the Material Conditions of Learning: Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) Conference 2015 , Conference paper 2015
Conference paper


Referencing as practice: Learning to write and reason with other people's texts
Ann-Marie Eriksson, Åsa Mäkitalo
Writing Research Across Borders Conference, Paris February 19-22, 2014, Conference contribution 2014
Conference contribution

A technology shift and its challeges to professional conduct. Mediated vision in endodontics.
Åsa Mäkitalo, Claes Reit
In T. Fenwick & M. Nerland (Eds.) Reconceptualising professional learning. Sociomaterial knowledges, practices, and responsibilities , London, Routledge, Chapter in book 2014
Chapter in book

Re-mediated vision in endodontic practice: Experiences and challenges to professional conduct
Åsa Mäkitalo, Claes Reit
Invited presentation at the PropEL Conference in Stirling 25-27, UK., Conference contribution 2014
Conference contribution

Researching professional learning in transformation: Challenges and emerging practices
Åsa Mäkitalo
Keynote speech at The EARLI SIG14 conference on “Transformations in knowledge and professional learning” in Oslo 27-29 of August 2014., Conference contribution 2014
Conference contribution

Changing Relations? Participation, interaction and accountability in hypertension care
Åsa Mäkitalo, Mona Lundin
Paper presented at International Conference ICIP14 on Interactional competences in institutional practices. November 21-22, 2014 at the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland , Conference contribution 2014
Conference contribution

Learning to make a case in law school: categorising events and actions in legal discourse: Exploring legal texts as tools for professional practice and learning
Åsa Mäkitalo
The ProPEL Conference in Stirling June 25-27 in the Symposia: Exploring legal texts as tools for professional practice and learning., Conference contribution 2014
Conference contribution

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