The research programme Disciplinary literacy and inclusive teaching (LIT) explores the multidimensional nature of language in teaching and learning processes. The aim is to gain a better understanding of the development of literacy in science, mathematics, social sciences and in academic levels through the study of schools, in which teachers, students, and learning materials interact.

It seems most productive to build disciplinary literacy instructional programs, rather than to merely employ language perspectives on teaching

Anders Jakobsson, Director

Our research

We live in an increasingly multilingual and multicultural society which affects education at all levels. The programme, therefore, aims to contribute to a deepened understanding and development of theory on the crucial role of language in learning for all students.

It also aims to contribute to improved quality of education in different subjects’ areas through providing practical insights for teachers and university educators on literacy demands and the ways these can be addressed in order to enhance the learning processes for all students.

The programme is divided into 8 interrelated sub-studies: 

The first lays out the conceptual and descriptive foundation for the other sub-studies. In this sub-study, all participating researchers collaborate.

Scientific literacy

What kind of literacy activities in science classrooms may offer prerequisites for inclusive education in multilingual contexts?

Mathematic literacy

How contemporary mathematics education reflects changes in society, migration, and globalization.

Social science literacy

Investigates students’ writing skills in language-focused situations in relation the development of students’ reasoning in the social sciences. 

Multilingualism and literacy

Perspectives on literacy among multilingual and newly arrived students´ inclusion and opportunities for schooling in Sweden.

Academic literacy

Focus on academic literacy for multilingual students in higher education within teacher education and social work.

Digital literacy

Investigates digital literacy including classroom applications and language supporting tools in different subject areas.

Climate literacy

Focus on climate communication and discourses of climate change in different social and educational contexts.

Researchers, publications and research projects

Within the programme, several researchers from different disciplines collaborate, including Pedagogy, Subject didactics, Educational science and Computer sciences.

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