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Airi Rovio-Johansson


Airi Rovio-Johansson
+46 31 786 2039

Postal Address: Box 603, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Viktoriagatan 13, plan 3 , 41125 Göteborg
Duties: Researcher

Gothenburg Research Institute (More Information)
Box 603
405 30 Göteborg
Fax: +46 31 786 5619
Visiting Address: Viktoriagatan 13, plan 3 , 411 25 Göteborg

About Airi Rovio-Johansson

My interest in human behaviour, action and learning in different educations, professions, and in different life-periods, influenced my selection of education at university level. I have education as professional Psychologist and as professional Teacher (subject specialist). Next step is the degree as Licentiate of Philosophy in Education and thereafter Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Sciences. I was approved as Associate Professor in Educational Sciences 2006 at the Faculty of Educational Sciences at University of Gothenburg.

I have an interest in interdisciplinary phenomena and interdisciplinary research. In my research, I focus on how people make sense of communication, talks, and meetings in professional public and private organizations. My research fields are: organizational change processes; students’ sustainable learning processes in education; organizing of subject content, teaching and lecturer’s professional development in higher education; sustainable intercultural and intergenerational lifelong learning.

 At GRI, I am senior researcher, PhD supervisor, and Lecturer in Educational sciences. In European University Association (EUA in 1994-2014), I have jointly with colleagues developed a Quality Assurance System named ’Institutional Evaluation Programme: Performance in Research, Performance in Teaching Quality, and Innovation’ for national (initial stage) and international Higher Education in European countries belonging to European Union (EU).

I have published articles in international and national journals; like books and book chapters published by international and national Publishing Houses.


On other web sites

Research areas

  • Organizing change processes
  • Qualitative methods
  • Learning as intercultural and Intergenerational Lifelong learning

Research in progress

  • Changing teaching, changing teachers through Variation Theory and patterns of variation., Aug/19 - Dec/22

Teaching areas

  • Qualitative research methodologies
  • Learning processes and teaching processes

Selected publications

Variation in approaches to lesson analysis - alterntive tools for the reconstruction of teaching
Rovio-Johansson, Airi
International Journal of Lesson and Learning Studies, Vol 7 No. 2, 78-84, 2018

Experiences of practice-based learning in phenomenographic perspective
Rovio-Johansson, Airi
Journal of Workplace Learning, Vol 30 No. 1, 48-64, 2018

Students’ Knowledge Progression: Sustainable Learning in Higher Education
Rovio-Johansson, Airi
International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 28:3, s. 427-439, 2016

Continuity and Development in the Phenomenography and Variation Theory Tradition
Rovio-Johansson, Airi, Ingerman, Åke
Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 60:3, s. 257-271, 2016

An Application of Variation Theory of Learning in Higher Education
Rovio-Johansson, Airi
Malcolm Tight & Jeroen Huisman (Eds.) Theory and Method in Higher Education Research. International Perspectives on Higher Education Research, Vol. 9, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, s. 261-279, 2013

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Reinvestigating the theory and practice gap in Participatory Educational Research
Airi Rovio-Johansson
International Journal for Lesson and Learning Studies, Journal article 2020
Journal article


Studenters lärande: Livsvärldsfenomenologisk och fenomenografisk analys
Airi Rovio-Johansson
Berndtsson, I., Lilja, A. och Rinne, I. (2019), Fenomenologiska sammanflätningar, Göteborg, Bokförlaget Daidalos, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

What and how do teachers learn by participating in lesson study (LS)?
Airi Rovio-Johansson
Paper presented at the World Association of Lesson Studies (WALS) Conference, 3-6 September 2019, at Vrije University (VU), Amsterdam, Netherlands. , Conference paper 2019
Conference paper

Changing teaching, changing teachers: learning through contrast, generalization and fusion
Airi Rovio-Johansson
Paper presented at the EARLI Conference 12-16 August 2019 at Aachen University, Germany., Conference paper 2019
Conference paper


What and how do teachers learn by taking part in Lesson Study and Learning Study? A qualitative meta-analysis
Airi Rovio-Johansson, Keith Wood
Paper presented at the EARLI/SIG 9 Conference at Birmingham University, 16-18 September 2018, Conference paper 2018
Conference paper


Students’ Knowledge Progression: Sustainable Learning in Higher Education
Airi Rovio-Johansson
International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Journal article 2016
Journal article


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