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Mona Holmqvist

Mona Holmqvist, Professor of Educational Sciences, and research leader at the Department of Schooldevelopment and Leadership (

My research is about the conditions of learning, in different contexts such as the age and cognitive conditions of the learners, content focus and levels of education. In my doctoral dissertation in pedagogy from 1995, the research focus was on neuropsychiatric disabilities, especially autism spectrum disorders. Parallel to this, there a research interest has been developed regarding the relationship between learning and teaching, in which variation theory assumptions and learning study as methodological starting point have been prominent.

Scientific merits (selection):

Research leader for the National Research School in Special Education for teacher educators (SET) funded by the Swedish Research Council, member of the Swedish Research Council's Education Scientific Assessment Group UV2, appointed by the Government as a member of the Special Education Educational Agency's Council's advisory board, member of the Council of the World Association of Lesson Study, and member of the editorial board of International journal for Lesson and Learning Studies.

Contact details
Visiting address: Nordenskiöldsgatan 10, Orkanen, D446
Postal address:Malmö universitet, 205 06 Malmö
Delivery address:40

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  • Publications

  • Selected publications from Malmö University Electronic Publishing.

    Peer-reviewed Journal Articles
    Holmqvist, Mona, Selin, Per (2019) "What makes the difference? : An empirical comparison of critical aspects identified in phenomenographic and variation theory analyses" Palgrave Communications;, 71, Springer Nature, ISSN 2055-1045, DOI [länk], URL [länk], (PDF document) (application/pdf)

    Thorshag, Kristina, Holmqvist, Mona (2018) "Pre-school children’s expressed technological volition during construction play" International Journal of Technology and Design Education;, 1-12, Springer, ISSN 1573-1804, DOI [länk], URL [länk], (PDF document) (application/pdf)

    Holmqvist, Mona, Bergentoft, Helene, Selin, Per (2018) "Teacher researchers creating communities of research practice by the use of a professional development approach" Teacher Development;2, 191-209, Routledge, ISSN 1747-5120, DOI [länk], (PDF document) (application/pdf)

    Wennås Brante, Eva, Holmqvist, Mona (2017) "Reading from Multimedia Materials : Benefits of Non-congruent Pictures on Reading Comprehension for Dyslexic Readers" The Turkish Online Journal of Educational Technology;1, 101-114, Sakarya University, Sakarya, Turkey, ISSN 2146-7242, URL [länk], (PDF document) (application/pdf)

    Holmqvist, Mona, Olander, Clas (2017) "Analysing teachers` operations when teaching students : what constitutes scientific theories?" International Journal of Science Education;7, 840-862, Taylor & Francis, ISSN 0950-0693, DOI [länk], (PDF document) (application/pdf)

    Holmqvist, Mona (2017) "Models for collaborative professional development for teachers in mathematics" International Journal for Lesson and Learning Studies;3, 190-201, Emerald, ISSN 2046-8253, DOI [länk], URL [länk],

    Holmqvist Olander, Mona, Olander, Clas (2017) "Understandings of climate change articulated by Swedish secondary school students" Journal of Biological Education;4, Taylor & Francis, ISSN 2157-6009, DOI [länk], (PDF document) (application/pdf)

    Holmqvist, Mona, Wennås Brante, Eva, Nyström, Marcus (2017) "The Effect of Illustration on Improving Text Comprehension in Dyslexic Adults" Dyslexia;1, 42-65, Wiley, ISSN 1099-0909, DOI [länk], (PDF document) (application/pdf)

    Holmqvist, Mona (2016) "Development of students` knowledge about didactics during their first year of the master`s programme in didactics" Reflective Practice: International and Multidisciplinary Perspectives;4, 507-521, Taylor & Francis, ISSN 1462-3943, DOI [länk], (PDF document) (application/pdf)

    Chapters in Monographs
    Holmqvist, Mona | Klaveness, Elise, Karlsen, Lisbet, Kverndokken, Kåre (red./ed.) (2019) Matematikkundervisning fra et variasjonsteoretisk perspektiv. 101 grep for å aktivisere elever i matematikk : Matematikkdidaktikk i teori og praksis, Fagbokforlaget, 88-103, ISBN 9788245024524,

    Conference Contributions
    Alkhede, Maria, Holmqvist, Mona (2018) "Preschool children’s discernment of different forms of numbers" EARLI Sig 5 2018: Learning and Development in Early Childhood, (poster) Freie Universität Berlin,

    Holmqvist, Mona, Selin, Per (2018) "What makes the difference? : Analyses based on phenomenography and variation theory" EARLI Sig 9 2018, (other) University of Birmingham,

    Holmqvist, Mona, Lelinge, Balli (2018) "Elevers förståelse av ljus och skugga" Nationell ämnesdidaktisk konferens (NÄD2018), (other)

    Thorshag, Kristina, Holmqvist, Mona (2017) "Construction Technology in Preschool" The 12th Conference of the European Science Education Research Association - ESERA, (other) URL [länk], (PDF document) (application/pdf)

    Holmqvist, Mona, Anderson, Lotta (2017) "The Authority to Choose Seclusion in Inclusion : An ASD perspective on Educational Settings." EARLI 2017 - Education in the crossroads of economy and politics – Role of research in the advancement of public good Book of abstracts;, (other) EARLI, URL [länk],

    Holmqvist, Mona (2016) "Capturing discernments : methodological issues in phenomenography and variation theoretical perspectives" European assiciation of research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI) SIG 9 conference 2016, (other)

    Holmqvist, Mona, Wennås Brante, Eva (2016) "Strategies when solving school-tasks : How task design limits ASD students to express their content knowlege" XI Autism-Europe International Congress, (poster) (PDF document) (application/pdf)

    Holmqvist, Mona (2016) "Pedagogisk forskning i ett nutida samhällsnyttoperspektiv" Dialogkonferens Pedagogisk forskning i Skåne 2016, (other)

    Holmqvist, Mona (2016) "Students’ task-solving regarding ecosystem services : A comparison between students with and without Autism Spectrum Disorders" ERIDOB 2016, (poster) 93, (PDF document) (application/pdf)

    Holmqvist, Mona (2016) "Hur bidrar trepartssamtalen till ökad kvalitet i VFU?" Lärarutbildningskonventets konferens Kvalitet i lärarutbildning, (other)

    Previous publications
  • Other tasks and merits

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    Professor of Educational Sciences

    Head of research of Post Graduate School 'Special Education for Teachers Educators' (SET)

    Associate professor of Education PhD of Education

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