Michael Tengberg holds a Ph.D. from the University of Gothenburg, 2011, and is a faculty member at the Department of Educational Sciences, Karlstad University. He is affiliated with The Centre for Language and Literature in Education (CSL). He is also affiliated with Research Group on Subject-specific Education (ROSE) and to the new Nordic Centre of Excellence in Education (QUINT).
Research topics include issues related to the process of reading and reading instruction such as analysis of reader response, classroom interaction about texts, the effectiveness of reading interventions, and the validity of various reading assessment practices, e.g., reading comprehension tests.
Tengberg is primarily engaged in the project Linking Instruction and Student Achievement, which investigates the relationship between classroom instruction and student achievement in mathematics and reading. In the study, aspects of instructional quality are analyzed and compared between contexts and countries, focusing specifically on its relationship to students' learning and experiences. The study also targets, in cooperation with teachers, whether using videotapes of instruction in order to discern qualities of teaching can provide pathways to professional development for teachers.