Supervisor – Sylvana Sofkova Hashemi

Göteborgs universitet

Sylvana Sofkova Hashemi holds a PhD in computational linguistics and is associate professor in educational science with specialization in information technology and learning, employed as senior lecturer in subject didactics at the Department of Pedagogical, Curricular and Professional Studies, University of Gothenburg. Sylvana conducts teaching mainly in Teacher education programs (K-6) and holds the position as Deputy Head of PhD Studies at the department.

Sylvana leads also work on research coverage in regard to digitalization in school for the Swedish National Agency for Education (Skolverket), and she is initiator of a national research network – Texts, Information and Multimodality in the Digital Age (TIMDA).

Sylvana’s research interest concerns primarily children’s and young people’s written communication and socio-semiotic meaningmaking in digital arenas with a special focus on multimodality (socio-semiotics) and didactic design for learning and instruction as well as teachers’ professional development in this area. Current research concerns digital competence in school’s curricula and teacher education, teachers’ multimodal meta-language and assessment practice, as well as collaborative projects focusing on design of technology-mediated teaching in flexible classrooms.

Sylvana has extensive experience in conducting and leading research projects, particularly with focus on schools as arenas and practice-close research on implementation and integration of digital resources in teaching (interactive boards, 1-1, tablets). Analyses here concern e.g. pupils’ development of communicative skills, text competence, reflective learning and collaboration with teachers on models for subject content, didactics and organization of technology-mediated education.

Recently, she has also participated in research on integration of newly arrived migrants in Sweden and their use of mobile technology as an inclusive tool into the society. In this research context Sylvana has promoted analysis and development of targeted mobile resources for the studied population and among other things developed a model for mapping and evaluating mobile resources from the pedagogical, linguistic and intercultural perspectives – the TPLC model (Technology, Pedagogy, Language, Culture).

Sylvana’s early studies and research projects concern analysis of the use of authoring tools in instruction (PhD thesis 2003), school pupils’ text worlds and language use in social media, writing arenas online as support in the writing process.

ylvana Sofkova Hashemi, University of Gothenburg, sylvana.sofkova.hashemi@gu.se