Christina Olin-Scheller pursues interdisciplinary research relating to the conditions for learning, development and identity creation in formal and informal educational settings. Her doctoral thesis, titled Between Dante and Big Brother: A Study of Upper Secondary Students’ Text Worlds in 2006, laid the foundation for her continued interest in issues related to children and young people’s reading and writing opportunities in the new media landscape. In the period 2008-2011, she was the leader of the project “Beyond the Confines of the Book: Young People’s Engagement with Fiction Online” (with Patrik Wikström). The project, financed by the Swedish Research Council, focused on the genre fan fiction, that is, narratives based on books in print, and problematized literacy competence and literacy development in the new media landscape.
The research project “Net Shadow” (financed by the Karlstad University Career Development Initiative 2012–2015) aims to describe growing up in non-urban areas in terms of media and media use. The study was conducted with Carin Roos, and clarifies non-urban children’s learning process, identity creation and digital participation.
Developing reading skills is also an important research area. Her participation in the professional development project “Text, Reader, and Reading” (financed by The Agency for School Development 2008–2010 with Ingrid Mossberg Schüllerqvist), provided the foundation for the research project “Reading between the Lines” (2012–2015, with Michael Tengberg and financed by the Swedish Research Council). The project, which she headed, is an intervention study investigating the effects of the dialogue based teaching strategy with quantitative and qualitative methods. The results are presented in the anthology Reading between the Lines (Olin-Scheller & Tengberg, eds.).
She also works with Anna Nordenstam on the project “Easy Reading?” which centres on the values and ideologies of easy to read literature for children and young people, a text type dramatically increasing in publication and circulation.
In the period 2016–2018, she works on two projects funded by the Swedish Research Council. The first is “Connected Classrooms”, which she heads and works with Marie Tanner to explore the role of smartphones in the classroom and the changing literacy practice and interaction. The second is “Professional Development on Facebook”, with a focus on the professional development of teachers in social media, specifically teachers of Swedish and Mathematics on Facebook, in conjunction with Yvonne Liljeqvist and Jorryt van Bommel.
During 2018-2020 Olin-Scheller, together with Johan Samuelsson (project leader) and Niklas Gericke participates in the project "Teachers on the border", also funded by the Swedish Research Council.
Olin-Scheller also participates in the Nordic project MultiL1, where she in conjunction with Nikolaj Frydensberg Elf, Syddansk universitet, Anna Slotte; Helsingfors universitet and Öystein Gilje, Oslo universitet, focus multimodal aspects of Language 1 in the four Nordic countries. Read more at http://www.sdu.dk/en/om_sdu/institutter_centre/ikv/forskning/forskningsprojekter/multil1
During 2018-2021, she participates in the Nordic Nordic Centre Excellence Quality in Nordic Teaching (QUINT) where questions about quality in teaching in nordic classrooms is in focus. Read more at: https://www.nordforsk.org/no/programmer-og-prosjekter/prosjekter/nordic-centre-of-excellence-quality-in-nordic-teaching-quint.
Christina Olin-Scheller has broad and extensive experience of teaching different courses at various levels in schools as well as in higher education. Presently, she teaches third-cyle courses and supervises doctoral and licentiate students.
Besides the collaboration with researchers desbribed above, Olin-Scheller has within ROSE a close cooperation with the SSRG-group at University College London, Institute of Education as well as HuSoEd at Helsinki University. This network, KOSS (Knowledge and Quality across School Subjects and Teacher Education) was awarded with Oin-Scheller as main applicant, a 3-year-grant (1,2 mil SEK) 2019-2021 from the Swedish Research Council.
Christina Olin-Scheller collaborates with a number of actors in the field of education. She is a member of the Teacher Union’s research council, of the board of the Association of Teachers of Swedish and a columnist in the journal Alfa. Below, some examples of her assignments carried out the last years are listed.
Challenges for literary instruction and challenging literary instruction. Plenary talk at in-service-training for teachers within Läslyftet, Jönköping and Stockholm, 2018.
Reading, reading strategies and reading instruction. Plenary talk at in-service-training day for teachers in Norrköping, 2016.
Easy readers - a contemorary text type. Plenary talk together with Anna Nordenstam for teacher in Växjö, 2017.
Multimodalitity and Literacy. Plenary talk at for the project Läs- och språksatsningen, Stockholm, 2015.
Reading between the lines. Plenary talk at in-service training for teachers, Lund, 2015.
VWhy don't children read in the "right" way? Plenary talk for librarians in Östergötland. Linköping, 201
Reading instruction and motivation for reading. Seminar at Bokmässan (The Book Fair), Göteborg, 2015.