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Biosketch: Göran Karlsson

Having been a part-time PhD student since 2005, I defended my doctoral thesis in Applied Information Technology at Gothenburg University in March 2012. My research interest lies in learners’ interactions and knowledge constructions in their interpretational work with instructional technologies. This interest includes advancing the practice of science education through design-based research on technologies for illustrating scientific concepts. I have designed and researched an educational web application for illustrating the carbon cycle. I have also been engaged in the Bio-HOPE project, a bilateral cooperation between Stanford University and the University of Gothenburg. In this project, which has the purpose of developing and providing free on-line biology teaching resources for school and university students, I have been involved in the development of a virtual laboratory. Currently, I am working to analyse material from this project.


Journal articles (peer-reviewed)

Karlsson, G. (2010). Animation and grammar in science education: Learners’ construal of animated educational software. International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, 5(2), 167-189.

Karlsson, G., Ivarsson, J., & Lindström, B. (2012). Agreed discoveries: students’ negotiations in a virtual laboratory experiment. Instructional Science, Published online: DOI: 10.1007/s11251-11012-19238-11251.

Doctoral thesis

Karlsson, G. (2012). Instructional technologies in science education: Students’ scientific reasoning in collaborative classroom activities. Göteborg: University of Gothenburg.

Article (not peer-reviewed)

Karlsson, G. (2003). Begreppsbildning inom ekologi hos en grupp gymnasieelever. Didaktisk tidskrift, 13, 37-74. [In Swedish: Conceptualisation in ecology education within a group of upper secondary school students].

Conference contributions

Karlsson, G., & Ivarsson, J. (2007). Animated science education: Possible pitfalls of computer supported collaborative learning. Paper presented at the CSCL 2007 conference, New Brunswick.

Eriksson, T., Karlsson, G., Sunnerstam, M., Michael, A., & Huang-DeVoss, C. (2010). Environmental Science Investigation using a virtual lab. Paper presented at the Engineering Education for Sustainable Development 2010 conference (EESD’10), Göteborg, Sweden.

Book chapter

Karlsson, G., & Ivarsson, J. (2008). Animations in science education. In T. Hansson (Ed.), Handbook of research on digital information technologies: Innovations, methods, and ethical issues (pp. 68-82). Hershey: IGI Global.

Göran Karlsson

Göran Karlsson


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