Margaretha Häggström

Senior Lecturer

The Pedagogy Unit: Visual Art and Sloyd
Visiting address
Kristinelundsgatan 6-8
Postal address
Box 131
40530 Göteborg

About Margaretha Häggström

About Me

I hold a Ph.D. in Educational Work and am a Senior Lecturer in Art Education. My work is grounded in a multimodal perspective, with a specialization in aesthetic learning processes and narrative pedagogical methods.

Teaching and Research Interests

My teaching interests include the use of aesthetics and narrative processes as didactic tools, as well as fostering participation, communication, and inclusive practices in higher education through multimodality. My research focuses on aesthetic experiences, inclusive and aesthetic teaching methods, and transformative learning. This encompasses teaching that emphasizes relational pedagogy, the democratic mission of schools, and education for and through sustainable development. Additionally, I am interested in visual literacy and rhetoric.

Keywords: Aesthetic Forms of Expression and Learning Processes; Narrative Pedagogy; Multimodality; Communication; Didactic Tools; Visual Literacy; Sustainable Development; Relational Pedagogy.

Ongoing Research Project

Collaborative Teaching Strategies for Promoting Students' Future Literacy for a Sustainable Future

(August 15, 2024 - June 31, 2026)

This project aims to develop an educational model to support teachers and students in cultivating future literacy through an intervention study. It involves collaboration between researchers in literature and didactics and teachers from a high school class, a fifth-grade class, and a ninth-grade class. The project will test a combination of two scientifically validated methods, both based on storytelling and visionary thinking, to develop and evaluate practical teaching methods for co-teaching in Swedish, art, and climate education. The project is conducted within the framework of Education, Learning, and Research (ULF).

Here is a link to a brief presentation:

Describing and Writing About Alternative Future Worlds: An Intervention Study Aimed at Developing and Evaluating Future Literacy Skills

(January 2, 2024 - December 31, 2024)

This is a pilot project funded by the Gunvor and Josef Anér Foundation. The project explores the combination of Utopian Stories and Storyline as didactic tools in an intervention with a high school class to engage students in thinking about the future.

Completed Research Projects

Education for Resilience and Sustainability

This was a three-year ERASMUS+ project that concluded in September 2023. The project involved schools in Sweden, Slovenia, Norway, and Finland, all of which integrated the Storyline teaching method in their work on sustainable development. Researchers from Finland, Norway, and Sweden participated in the project, with me serving as the research leader. As part of the project, a website was created to provide teaching materials and serve as a resource bank for research, including research articles, lectures, and more:

Here you can find a brief presentation of the project and articles related to it:

Identity Formation, Representation, and Learning: Portraits in Education


This project originated from a pilot study conducted in high school and what was previously called the Individual Program. Within this framework, a course package was developed, consisting of courses in visual arts, drama, Swedish, and rhetoric. The purpose of the course package was to enhance students' ability to achieve goals in the integrated courses, increase self-awareness, self-esteem, and a sense of agency. Part of the teaching involved self-portrayal. These ideas were subsequently implemented in the primary teacher education program, where they remain a staple.

Here you can find a brief description of the project and articles related to it:

My Dissertation

Aesthetic Experiences in Encounters with Nature: A Phenomenological Study of Experiences of Forests, Vegetation, and Teaching (2020)

My dissertation focused on the relationship between humans and forests, and students' experiences of education conducted in forest settings.