Identity, Culture and Learning

This strand examines the interplay between the different social contexts of young people’s learning and identity construction. The aim is to explore how young people construct knowledge across learning contexts in their daily life, online and offline. We focus on four themes: multiple contexts for learning and how these are interlinked in complex ways; discourses of learning and new perspectives on what it means to be a learner; the use of cultural tools for learning and participating in multiple contexts; the use of new media in learning and identity work.

Selected Publications

  • Hegna, K. (2017). Conflicts, competition and social support in female-dominated vocational education – breaking or reaffirming stereotypical femininity? Journal of Vocational Education & Training, 1-18. (link
  • Liu, F. S. (2017). Chinese young men’s construction of exemplary masculinity: The hegemony of chenggong. Men and Masculinties, 1-23.  (link)
  • Liu, F. S. (2017). An expressive turn with a Chinese twist: Other-sex relations in three generations. Sociology. Accepted March 9, 2017.
  • Arnseth, H. C. & Silseth, K. (2013). Tracing learning and identity across sites: Tensions, connections and transformations in and between everyday and institutional practices. In O. Erstad & J. Sefton-Green (Eds.) Identity, Community, and Learning Lives in the Digital Age (pp. 23-38): Cambridge University Press.
  • Bauer, D. & Pierroux, P. (2014). Expert and Adolescent Interpretive Approaches in a National Art Museum, Museum Management and Curatorship, 29(3):260-279.
  • Bjørgen, A.M. & Erstad, O. (2014) The Connected Child: Tracing digital literacy from school to leisure, Pedagogies: An International Journal, pp. 1-15.
  • Erstad, O., Gilje, Ø., & Arnseth, H. C. (2013). Learning Lives Connected: Digital Youth across School and Community Spaces. Comunicar (40), 89-98.
  • Liu, F. (2014). From degendering to (re)gendering the self: Chinese youth negotiating modern womanhood, Gender and Education, 26(1):18-34.
  • Silseth, K. (2013). Surviving the impossible: Studying students' constructions of digital stories on World War II. Learning, Culture and Social Interaction, 2(3):155-170.
  • Vasbø, K., Silseth, K. & Erstad, O. Being a Learner Using Social Media in School: The Case of Space2cre8, Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 8(1):110-126.

Featured Projects

Cultural Heritage Mediascapes: Innovation in Knowledge and Mediation Practices

Project Leader: Palmyre Pierroux  (2016-2019)

KnowMo - Knowledge in motion across contexts of learning

Project Leader: Ola Erstad (2012-2016)

Three Generations in a Chinese Village

Researcher: Fengshu Liu (2010-2014)

Spilltakulær - Gamification, participation and learning

Researcher: Ola Erstad (2014-2015)