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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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Learning for citizenship through classroom dialogue
Åsa Mäkitalo, Mikaela Åberg
Symposia paper presented at the 13th Biennal EARLI conference, Conference paper 2009
Conference paper

The art and skill of engraving: Craftsmanship and the evolution of knowing and technologies
Åsa Mäkitalo, Christer Carlsson, Roger Säljö
F. Oser, U. Renold, E. G. John, E. Winter & S. Weber (Eds.). VET Boost:Towards a Theory of Professional Competencies. , Rotterdam, Sense Publishers, Chapter in book 2009
Chapter in book

Arenas for learning and the road to citizenship
Oskar Lindwall, Åsa Mäkitalo, Roger Säljö
London, Beyond Current Horizons, Report 2009

Contextualizing social dilemmas in institutional practices: Negotiating objects of activity in labour market organizations
Åsa Mäkitalo, Roger Säljö
In A. Sannino, H. Daniels & K. Gutierrez (Eds.), Learning and expanding with activity theory, New York, Cambridge University Press, Chapter in book 2009
Chapter in book

Learning to reason in the context of socioscientific problems. Exploring the demands on students in 'new' classroom activites
Åsa Mäkitalo, Anders Jakobsson, Roger Säljö
In K. Kumpulainen, C. Hmelo-Silver & M. Cesar (Eds.), Investigating classroom interaction. Methodologies in action, Rotterdam, Sense Publishers, Chapter in book 2009
Chapter in book


Learning to reason and argue: academic discourse as cognitive and communicative socialization.
Åsa Mäkitalo
International Symposia at The ISCAR Conference in September 2008, La Jolla, San Diego, USA., Conference contribution 2008
Conference contribution

Organisera för lärande - IT-support som lärmiljö
Ann-Charlotte Eklund, Åsa Mäkitalo, Roger Säljö
Rystedt, H. & Säljö, R. (Eds.), Kunskap och människans redskap: teknik och lärande, Lund, Studentlitteratur, Chapter in book 2008
Chapter in book

På vems premisser? Institutionell argumentation och socialisering av barn och vuxna.
Eva Hjörne, Åsa Mäkitalo
I M. Molin, A. Gustavsson & H.-E. Hermansson (Eds.), Meningsskapande och delaktighet - vår tids socialpedagogik., Göteborg, Daidalos, Chapter in book 2008
Chapter in book

Chatt som samtalskultur: hur yrkesverksamma lär sig koordinera interaktion i webbaserad miljö
Mona Nilsen, Åsa Mäkitalo
I H. Rystedt & R. Säljö (Red.), Kunskap och människans redskap: teknik och lärande., Lund, Studentlitteratur, Chapter in book 2008
Chapter in book

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