Anders Johansson

Senior Lecturer in Engineering Education Research
Communication and Learning in Science.

Anders Johansson’s research is about education in science and technology with a focus on questions about diversity and inclusion. Central questions concern the social norms and identities affecting who chooses science and technology, as well as what it means to become a scientist or engineer. How are these professions and educations viewed in society, and what role does this play in university education?

His teaching is primarily on the courses in pedagogy offered to teachers at Chalmers, with a particular focus on pedagocal development, diversity and inclusion.
​​My teaching is focused on pedagogical development, and diversity and inclusion in STEM teaching. My main responsibility is the Pedagogical Project course, part of the Diploma in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education given to teachers at Chalmers. Apart from this I teach sessions on gender, diversity and inclusion in STEM teaching in several pedagogical courses.

My research is focused on diversity and inclusion in STEM (Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education. In my PhD project I studied norms around identity constructions for physics students, addressing questions of what it means to become a physicist, and how this affects who feels attracted to, welcomed in, and encouraged by physics. Who do you become when you become a physicist?

My current work focuses on recruitment efforts to STEM education. I am surveying projects directed towards schools with the goal of enhancing learning and interest in science, initiated by external stakeholders such as universities and foundations. I am also involved in a project studying the pathways of “unlikely” newcomers to university STEM education.

I aim to relate specific activities aimed at encouraging young people to study STEM to general policy initiatives for increasing STEM participation, and address questions such as: How are narratives about shortages in the STEM workforce connected to calls for widened recruitment? How does this impact on young people engaging in STEM education?

In general, my research aims at approaching the questions of who and what STEM education is for in a critical way.

My research methods are mainly qualitative and interpretative, with a focus on discourse analysis.

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