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Annalotta Dessen Jankell


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Works at Department of Humanities and Social Sciences Education
Telephone 08-16 41 65
Visiting address Svante Arrhenius väg 20A, plan 4
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Postal address Institutionen för de humanistiska och samhällsvetenskapliga ämnenas didaktik 106 91 Stockholm

About me

In April 2017 I started my PhD in geography education. I'm also teaching geography, biologi and science in upper secondary school in Stockholm. 


The main focus for my reasearch is to develop students geographical thinking through enquired based education on wicked problems, like migration and climate change. 

Enquired based education and learning is well known internationally and in other school subjects, but in Sweden and in geography it's not that common. Based on the results from the national tests in geography, year 9, researchers have found that Swedish students need to develop and advance the way they reason, discuss and argue in geography. They need to get more possibilities to really use their geographical knowledge and "Do geography". Specially according to complex issues. Therefore I would like to try if enquired based learning could give students that opportunities, which has been the case in other subjects. My plan is to develop and design learning sequences together with Swedish teachers in relation to the Swedish curriculum in geography.

If we create sequences where students asks geographical questions, use geographical methods, data, concepts and perspectives, what kind of learning is made possible? How have students way of reasoning changed when discussing their investigations and solutions? In what ways do students use their geographical knowledge? In what ways have students develop their geographical thinking? What are teachers and students views and experience of this design?


A selection from Stockholm University publication database
  • 2018. Johan Sandahl, Lotta Dessen Jankell.

    This study examines Swedish students’ understanding of migration in the aftermath of the European “refugee crisis” and discusses what subject resources geography education might contribute with in order to understand global migration. Previous research on young people’s knowledge on migration is limited, but studies show that students are strongly influenced by media reporting which they internalise with own lived experiences. The data consist of 51 accounts on global migration and demonstrate a narrative of migrants as refugees. Departing from Michael Young’s (2013) concept of “powerful knowledge” we discuss how geographical thinking might advance students’ understanding beyond their everyday experience. The contribution is twofold: it gives educational insight into young people’s understanding on migration and discusses the possibilities of subject resources.

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Last updated: February 11, 2020

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