Ingrid Pramling Samuelsson


Department of Education, Communication and Learning
Visiting address
Läroverksgatan 15
41120 Göteborg
Postal address
Box 300
40530 Göteborg

About Ingrid Pramling Samuelsson

Research interests My research career started with the INOM group, directed by Ference Marton. I devoted my efforts to applying the phenomenographic research approach to research on children. My dissertation, The Child’s Conception of Learning, described how children become aware of their own learning. This sparked an interest in metacognitive issues. My research interest then came to focus more on didactic issues, that is, how preschools can contribute to children’s learning. Two projects were carried out using phenomenographically inspired pedagogy (publ. in Att lära barn lära (Teaching Children to Learn) and Kunnandets grunder (The Foundations of Knowing)).


I have also devoted my research time to children’s learning in literature, ethics, mathematics, and ICT, as well as the youngest children in preschool. Further, I worked on a meta-analysis of all the empirical research performed in our research group regarding and developing a theoretical foundation for preschool education science (publ. in Det lekande lärande barnet - i en utvecklingspedagogisk teori (The Playing Learning Child—A Theory of Educational Development)).

I am presently involved in the project: "Can play and learning be integrated in a goal-driven practice?" and in two recently started projects: Children’s Early Learning, where we will be monitoring children from the age of two in 40 preschool groups to look at children’s learning in relation to qualitative issues and: How can metacognitive dialogues contribute to children’s learning about things unknown to them—with a focus on music, movement, and drama.

Teaching interests Children’s early learning and the content of preschool.

Keywords Preschool, children’s learning, education for young ages, curriculum issues, preschools in an international perspective