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Gudrun Erickson


Department of Education and Special
+46 31-786 23 80
Visiting address
Västra Hamngatan 25, Pedagogen, Göteborgs universitet
41117 Göteborg
Room number
A3 311
Postal address
Box 300
405 30 Göteborg

About Gudrun Erickson

Senior Professor of Education in Language and Assessment at the Department of Education and Special Education, University of Gothenburg. Formerly a teacher of languages.

Scientific leader (formerly project leader, commissioned by the National Agency for Education) for the development of compulsory national tests and additional assessment materials for foreign languages in the Swedish school system.

Experienced in national curriculum and syllabus design and in national and international projects focusing on language learning, teaching and assessment. Member of two projects funded by the Swedish Research Council: TAL (2015-2018), focusing on aspects of learning, teaching and assessment of second foreign languages in the Swedish school system, and SEMLA (2018-2022), a research school for language teacher educators. 2013-2016 President of EALTA (European Association for Language Testing and Assessment). 2016-2018 member of a project team at the ECML (European Centre for Modern Languages) in Graz, working on A Quality Assurance Matrix for CEFR Use. Recipient of the British Council 2020 International Assessment Award.

I give lectures on [language] assessment, testing and grading and supervise three PhD students in Language education. I have also been engaged in a course on assessment and examination for university teachers.

My research focuses on the collaborative development of assessment methods and materials, primarily on students' perceptions of, and attitudes to, language assessment and testing – identifying, eliciting and interpreting these perceptions in order to increase the quality of assessment. My work is conceptually based on an expanded view of validity, emphasizing use as well as ethical and consequential aspects.

Links to research projects