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Airi Rovio-Johansson

Gothenburg Research
Institute
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Viktoriagatan 13, plan 3
41125 Göteborg
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Box 603
40530 Göteborg

About Airi Rovio-Johansson

Airi Rovio-Johansson is Professor in Educational Sciences at Gothenburg Research Institute (GRI), School of Business, Economics and Law at University of Gothenburg. The interest in human behaviour, learning and action in different educations, professions, and in different life-periods influenced my selection of education at the university. I have education as professional psychologist and as professional teacher as subject specialist. Afterwards I finished the degree as Licentiate of Philosophy in Education and in 1999 Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Sciences. In 2006, I was appointed Associate Professor in Educational Sciences at the Faculty of Educational Sciences at University of Gothenburg. At GRI, I am senior researcher and PhD supervisor in Educational sciences.

Multidisciplinary phenomenon is focus in my research. I investigate how and what students learn in higher education; how people make sense of communication, in talks and in meetings in professional public and private organizations. My research fields are organizing change processes; students’ sustainable learning processes in higher education; organizing of subject content in teaching and lecturers´ professional development in higher education; sustainable inter-generations and intercultural lifelong learning. In a number of years as coordinator of institutional quality management projects at European University Association (EUA), I have taken part in developing a Quality Assurance System, “Institutional Evaluation Programme: Performance in Research, Performance in Teaching Quality, and Innovation”, for European national and international Institutions in Higher Education belonging to European Union (EU).

I have published articles in international and national journals and books and book chapters in international and national Publishing Houses.

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Research areas

  • Organizing change processes
  • Qualitative methods
  • Learning as intercultural and Intergenerational Lifelong learning

Research in progress

  • Changing teaching, changing teachers through Variation Theory and patterns of variation., 2019-08 - 2022-12

Teaching areas

  • Qualitative research methodologies
  • Learning processes and teaching processes

Selected publications

Variation in approaches to lesson analysis - alterntive tools for the reconstruction of teaching
Rovio-Johansson, Airi
International Journal of Lesson and Learning Studies, Vol 7 No. 2, 78-84, 2018

Experiences of practice-based learning in phenomenographic perspective
Rovio-Johansson, Airi
Journal of Workplace Learning, Vol 30 No. 1, 48-64, 2018

Students’ Knowledge Progression: Sustainable Learning in Higher Education
Rovio-Johansson, Airi
International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 28:3, s. 427-439, 2016

Continuity and Development in the Phenomenography and Variation Theory Tradition
Rovio-Johansson, Airi, Ingerman, Åke
Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 60:3, s. 257-271, 2016

An Application of Variation Theory of Learning in Higher Education
Rovio-Johansson, Airi
Malcolm Tight & Jeroen Huisman (Eds.) Theory and Method in Higher Education Research. International Perspectives on Higher Education Research, Vol. 9, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, s. 261-279, 2013