Languages, Communication and Learning (SKoL)

This programme promotes research in the relationship between language, communication, meaning and learning.

Research carried out as part of this programme will respond to knowledge demands in the fields of the humanities, pedagogy, specialist didactics, digital skills and cultural and social sciences. Increasing research in these fields is important, given HVL's aim of becoming a university that focuses on professions and working life.

The programme will have an interdisciplinary approach across the entire field of teacher training, including interpreting. We use language and communication to acquire academic and cultural knowledge, and the overall idea of the programme is to contribute to research in these contexts.

Basic research questions related to subject areas, the historical and social context of the field and issues relating to subject-specific learning linked to pre-schools and schools are central to the programme, and research carried out as part of the programme will contribute with relevant knowledge for the education sector and society.

The programme will pave the way for many scientific approaches and methods, including text analysis, empirical studies, phenomenological, narrative, discursive and critical approaches.

In terms of topics, the programme will focus on the following:

  • Languages and language learning:
    Research into training in and development within areas such as spoken language, reading and writing in all subjects, sign language, language development and interpreting in mother tongue, second language, foreign languages and non-verbal language from a national and international perspectives.

  • Literature and cultural research:
    Research into specialist texts, fiction and non-fiction, religion, norms and values, cultural encounters and the meaning of life. Examining dialogical perspectives between historical and contemporary contexts is key.

  • Communication and learning:
    Research into the development of specialist knowledge in fields such as learning discussions, dialogues, teaching aids, use of interpreters and of digital tools in pre-school, school and in higher education.