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, conducted with Carin Roos, 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 heads, 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 will work 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.
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
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.
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, her assignments carried out in 2015 are listed.
Multimodalitet och Literacy. Plenarföreläsning inom projektet Läs- och språksatsningen i Stockholm, Stockholm 22 januari
Läsa mellan raderna. Plenarföreläsning vid fortbildningsdag i Lund, 4 februari
Effekter av läsundervisning. Plenarföreläsning för svensklärare vid regional fortbildningsdag, Lidköping, 9 mars.
Dialogisk strategiundervisning för elever på högstadiet. Göteborg, högre seminarium. litteraturvetenskap, 27 maj
Lättläst – ett demokratiuppdrag? Föreläsning vid Kulturfrukost, Karlstad 1 oktober.
Varför läser inte barn på ”rätt” sätt? Föreläsning vid Litteraturfrukost, Regionbiblioteken i Östergötland, Linköping, 2 oktober.
Läsundervisning och lustläsning. Seminarium vid Bokmässan, Kulturrådet, Göteborg, 24 september.
Läsning och läsundervisning – vad säger forskningen? Plenarföreläsning vid Skolforum, 26 oktober. (Olin-Scheller & Tengberg).
Att underisa i lässtrategier för ökad läsförståelse. Föreläsning vid lärarkonferensen ”Läsförståelse”, Stockholm, 5 november (Olin-Scheller & Granström).