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Designs for Research, Teaching and Learning
A Framework for Future Education

ISBN 9780367561246
Published December 14, 2021 by Routledge
182 Pages 26 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book offers a coherent theoretical and multimodal perspective on research, teaching and learning in different non-formal, semi-formal, and formal learning environments.

Drawing on examples across a range of different settings, the book provides a conceptual framework for research on learning in different environments. It provides conceptual models around learning design which act as a framework for how to think about contemporary learning, a guideline for how to do research on learning in different sites, and a tool for innovative, collaborative design with other professionals. The book highlights concepts like multimodal knowledge representations; framing and setting; transformation, transduction, and re-design; signs of learning and cultures of recognition in different social contexts.

The book supports innovative thinking on how we understand learning, and will appeal to academics, scholars and postgraduate students in the fields of education research and theory, learning sciences, and multimodal and social semiotics. It will also be of interest to school leaders, university provosts and professionals working in education.

The Open Access version of this book, available at, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

Table of Contents


Richard Halverson


Staffan Selander and Lisa Björklund Boistrup

1. Designs in and for learning – a theoretical framework

Staffan Selander

2. Designs in learning and rhizomatic webs

Fredrik Lindstrand & Staffan Selander

3. A semiotic and design-oriented approach to affordance

Fredrik Lindstrand

4. Design and research: Ethical considerations

Anna Åkerfeldt and Lisa Björklund Boistrup

5. Designing and researching vocational mathematics education

Lisa Björklund Boistrup & Matilda Hällback

6. Design workshops to develop a digital educator’s tool

Susanne Kjällander

7. Sites for learning and knowledge representations – the Middle Ages

Eva Insulander, Fredrik Lindstrand & Staffan Selander

8. The Touring Science Centre – An example of collaboration between a museum and schools

Eva Insulander & Elisabeth Öhman

9. Exhibition development through cross-institutional collaborative design

Eva Insulander & Eva Svärdemo Åberg

Epilogue: Design beyond the classroom and for the future of learning

Lisa Björklund Boistrup & Staffan Selander

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Lisa Björklund Boistrup is Professor in Mathematics Education at the Department of Science, Mathematics and Society, Malmö University, Sweden.

Staffan Selander is Senior Professor in Didactic Science at the Department of Computer and Systems Sciences, Stockholm University, Sweden.