Maria Andrée

Maria Andrée


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Works at Department of Mathematics and Science Education
Telephone 08-120 765 94
Visiting address Svante Arrheniusväg 20 A, E-huset, Arrheniuslab
Room E 365
Postal address Institutionen för matematikämnets och naturvetenskapsämnenas didaktik 106 91 Stockholm

About me

Associate Professor (Docent) in Science Education.



During the 2020/2021 academic year I teach a seminar on comparative subject matter didactics and a course on introduction to school subject didactics research as part of the PhD-programme on school subject didactics. I also supervise PhD-students.


My research focuses on cultural perspectives on science education and conditions for students’ participation and learning, particularly in relation to questions of science curriculum, scientific literacy and citizenship. Drawing primarily on Cultural-Historical Activity Theory and socio-cultural theory, I work primarily with ethnographic and design-based research in science classrooms. For an introduction see this video clip.

I am also affiliated as scientific leader to Stockholm Teaching & Learning Studies (STLS). STLS is a platform designed to initiate, support and conduct small-scale classroom-based didactic research on teaching and learning. The research within STLS draw on a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches and aims at contributing to the development of theory relevant to teachers.

I supervise doctoral students working with action research oriented approaches in science and technology education:

Completed supervision:

  • Jens Anker-Hansen (PhD), Assessing Scientific Literacy as Participation in Civic Practice. Defense October 2nd, 2015. (Main supervisor).
  • Eva Björkholm (PhD), Konstruktioner som fungerar. Defense September 18th, 2015. (Co-supervisor).
  • Kerstin Danckwart-Lillieström (Licentiate thesis), Drama i kemisalen - En designbaserad studie av hur kreativt drama kan stödja gymnasieelevers lärande av kemisk bindning. Defense April 25th 2019. (Main supervisor)

Ongoing supervision:

  • Jonna Wiblom, PhD-student, socio-scientific issues relating to health and lifestyle in upper-secondary school Biology. Planned defense October 2nd 2020. (Main supervisor)
  • Kristin Persson, PhD-student, ecological literacy. Planned defense spring 2022. (Main supervisor)

A selection of recent publications

I am elected Treasurer of IOSTE (International Organisation for Science and Technology Education) for the period 2018-2020. IOSTE was established to advance the cause of education in science and technology as a vital part of the general education of the peoples of all countries and to provide scholarly exchange and discussion in the field of science and technology education.

Debate on teacher professional development in Almedalen, summer 2014. Read an article about it or watch it on SU-play (in Swedish).

Open lecture on imagination, play and science learning, spring 2013, watch the lecture on: (in Swedish).

Research projects


Recruitment to Science Education: Actors, Initiatives, Messages

This is a project conducted in collaboration with Ass. Prof. Lena Hansson at Kristanstad University, Sweden.

Background and aim: Young people’s interest in pursuing science and science-intense educations has been expressed for years as a concern often put in relation to societal, economic and democratic development by various stakeholders. To date, empirical studies have had a focus on the individual student’s intentions and choices rather than on the recruitment campaigns as such. The ‘Recruitment to Science Education: Actors, Initiatives, Messages’ project aims to contribute to an understanding of the functioning of recruitment campaigns by scrutinizing what messages are conveyed by different actors to young students on why they should ‘choose’ a STEM-line of study.

For 2018-2020 the project has recived funding for a study focussing specifically on the engagement of industrial actors in STEM-education from the Swedish Research Council.


Developing students capability to critically reason when encountering conflicting health information online

In collboration with Ph.D.student Jonna Wiblom.

Given an increased use of digital devices, Internet has become one of the main sources for information retrieval about topics concerning body and health. In this project we explore what the capability to critically reason might entail in students’ encounter with conflicting health information online. 

The project is funded by Stockholm University and previously Stockholm stad (Stockholm Municipality).


Assessing scientific literacy as readiness to deal with civic issues concerned with science

In collaboration with Ph.D. Jens Anker-Hansen.

This research explores possibilities for assessing scientific literacy in a Vision II-perspective.

Last updated: June 9, 2020

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