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Biosketch: Dr. Vaike Fors

I was born in 1969 and grew up in a small town in the north part of Sweden. After my teacher training at the University of Technology in Luleå, I moved to the southern part of Sweden and worked as a teacher in the compulsory school for 5 years. In June 2002 I started my PhD studies at the Department of Educational Sciences at Luleå University of Technology. I got my PhD degree in March 2006. During this period I also gave birth to three sons and married my husband Mikael. Now we have moved back to the south and live in Arild in the north-western part of Skåne.

Current research activities and projects

My research interest includes learning in informal settings from a participatory perspective, especially in practises where young people are involved. I have taken a certain interest in understanding how artefacts gain sense in museums. I suggest that the newborn focus on the visual and audible culture in contemporary society must be seriously considered when studying learning processes. At the moment, I have a post-doc position at University of Gothenburg and I am involved in two governmentally funded research projects, both concerning learning and meaning-making in museums; a)Young people' sensory experiences of meaning-making in virtual reality and museums, and b) The Museum, the exhibition and the visitors. Meaning making in a new arena for learning and communication (project leader is prof Staffan Selander, Stockholms university).

Recent publications

Stocklmayer, S., Rennie, L., Hathayatham, A., Fors, V. & McCallie, E. (2008). Science communication and engagement – research from four cultures and contexts. Accepted proposal for panel session for the 5th Sience Centre World Congrss in Toronto, Canada, June 15-20, 2008.

Fors, V. (2007). How can we learn more about youth’s lack of interest in science centres? A study with a collaborative approach. Paper presented at the American Education Research Association conference in Chicago in April 2007.

Fors, V. (2006). The Missing Link in Learning in Science Centres. Doctoral thesis, no 2006:07. Luleå, Sweden: Department of Educational Sciences, Luleå University of Technology. ISSN 1402-1544.
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Vaike Fors

Vaike Fors

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