Alfredo Jornet Gil

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Phone +47 22840146
Mobile phone +47 95156142
Room Niels Henrik Abels Hus, Rom 314
Available hours By appointment
Visiting address Moltke Moes vei 35 0317 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1099 Blindern 0317 Oslo

Academic Interests

My research focuses on cultural, technological, and affective aspects of learning across formal and informal settings, with an emphasis on creativity and pedagogical innovation. Mostly using design-based and participatory ethnography methods, I have conducted research in such diverse contexts as arts-based education, science learning in and outside classrooms, or professional design, with the overall goal of better understanding how people with different backgrounds and interests learn and develop when they work together to imagine and achieve new shared goals. More recently, I work promoting and investigating open-schooling pedagogical innovations as a means to address the needs of school and societal transformation in the current context of environmental crisis and threat to democracy. 

Higher education and academic employment history

  • 2018-present. Associate Professor of Pedagogy at the Department of Teacher Education and School Research, University of Oslo. 
  • 2015-2017. Visiting researcher at the University of Victoria, British Columbia (Canada).
  • 2015-2018. Postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Education, University of Oslo (Norway).
  • 2012. Visiting PhD student at Griffith University (Australia)
  • 2011-2014. Research fellow (PhD candidate) at InterMedia, University of Oslo (Norway)
  • 2009-2010. Research assistant at the Department of Psychology, University of Tromsø (Norway)
  • 2009. Research assistant at the Department of Basic Psychology, University of Valencia (Spain)
  • 2003-2009. Litentiate in Psychology by the University of Valencia (Spain)

Grants and awards

  • 2019             Nomination to best 2018 paper, Design Studies journal   
  • 2018             Nomination to best paper at the EARLI SIG 10 & 21 Conference. 
  • 2015 - 2018  Fripro Mobility Grant, co-funded by the National Research Council of Norway and the Marie Curie Actions COFUND.
  • 2012              6-months overseas research grant to visit Griffith University (Australia) by the National Research Council of Norway.
  • 2011              Springer best paper award at the ReLIVE conference, Open University (Milton Keynes, UK).


Currently, I teach and supervise at multiple courses within the teacher education program as well as the master degree programs 

I also teach qualitative research methods at the faculty's PhD program.

Editorial Work

I have co-edited several special issues and books, and I am co-editor of the international journal Mind, Culture, and Activity

Tags: Informal learning, Science education, Inquiry-based learning, Situated cognition, sociocultural-perspective


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  • Roth, Wolff-Michael & Jornet, Alfredo (2017). Understanding educational psychology: A late Vygotskian, Spinozist approach. Springer. ISBN 978-3-319-39868-6. 321 p.

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  • Cortez, Arturo; Choudry, Sophina; Esteban-Guitart, Moisès; Ferholt, Beth; Guarrasi, Ivana & Jornet, Alfredo [Show all 12 contributors for this article] (2021). Special Issue: “advancing funds of identity theory”. Mind, Culture, and Activity. ISSN 1074-9039. 28(2), p. 93–96. doi: 10.1080/10749039.2021.1930056.
  • Ferholt, Beth; Guarrasi, Ivana; Jornet, Alfredo; Nardi, Bonnie; Rajala, Antti & Stetsenko, Anna [Show all 7 contributors for this article] (2021). Our commitment at this time of continuing struggle against oppression and structural inequalities. Mind, Culture, and Activity. ISSN 1074-9039. 28(1), p. 1–3. doi: 10.1080/10749039.2021.1888301.
  • Sophina, Choudy; Arturo, Cortez; Beth, Ferholt; Ivana, Guarrasi; Jornet, Alfredo & Mara W, Mahmood [Show all 11 contributors for this article] (2021). Scholarship and research in crisis contexts. Mind, Culture, and Activity. ISSN 1074-9039. 28(3), p. 195–199. doi: 10.1080/10749039.2021.1991379.
  • Cole, Michael; Ferholt, Beth; Jornet, Alfredo; Nardi, Bonnie; Rajala, Antti & Vadeboncoeur, Jennifer [Show all 7 contributors for this article] (2019). Acknowledging changes and the challenges ahead. Mind, Culture, and Activity. ISSN 1074-9039. 26(4), p. 283–285. doi: 10.1080/10749039.2019.1701682.
  • Jornet, Alfredo; Booker, Angela; Cole, Michael; Ferholt, Beth; Nardi, Bonnie & Rajala, Antti [Show all 8 contributors for this article] (2019). Scholarly work and/as passion. Mind, Culture, and Activity. ISSN 1074-9039. 26(2), p. 97–101. doi: 10.1080/10749039.2019.1630443.
  • Jornet Gil, Alfredo; Arnseth, Hans Christian & Smørdal, Ole (2019). Makerspaces in the Making: Reconfiguring Cultures of Facilitation across the Kindergarten and the Science Museum. In Blum-Ross, Alicia; Kumpulainen, Kristiina & Marsh, Jackie (Ed.), Enhancing Digital Literacy and Creativity. Makerspaces in the Early Years. Routledge. ISSN 9780367197889.
  • Nardi, Bonnie; Booker, Angela; Cole, Michael; Ferholt, Beth; Jornet, Alfredo & Vadeboncoeur, Jennifer A. [Show all 7 contributors for this article] (2018). Emotion and Affect Across Varied Contexts and Genres. Mind, Culture, and Activity. ISSN 1074-9039. 25(4), p. 279–280. doi: 10.1080/10749039.2018.1546874.
  • Jornet, Alfredo & Erstad, Ola (2018). From learning contexts to learning lives. .
  • Jornet, Alfredo; Arnseth, Hans Christian & Smørdal, Ole (2018). Making Collaborating. A Cultural-Historical approach to pedagogical innovation.
  • Jornet, Alfredo; Arnseth, Hans Christian & Smørdal, Ole (2018). Makerspace-Making. Tensions and opportunities in design-based inquiry across kindergarten and museum.
  • Damsa, Crina I.; Jornet, Alfredo; Froelich, Dominik E. & Gegenfurtner, Andreas (2017). The unit of analysis in learning research: Approaches for imagining a transformative research agenda.
  • Jornet, Alfredo (2017). Reflection as primarily social: A Vygotskian perspective.
  • Jornet, Alfredo (2017). Reading dramatically: Affect and intellect in primary school from the lenses of perezhivanie.
  • Jornet, Alfredo & Roth, Wolff-Michael (2017). Psychogenic dimensions of drama in arts-based education.
  • Jornet, Alfredo (2017). Arts Based Education, Embodiment, and Social change: A case of action research at an elementary school.
  • Jornet, Alfredo (2016). Intersubjective speech field and anticipation: Two Vygotskian categories for the study of classroom conversation.
  • Jornet, Alfredo (2016). Talking Back to the Future: Anatomy of Reflection as Collective Practice.
  • Jornet, Alfredo (2014). Making connections in science inquiry: A sociocultural and pragmatist perspective.
  • Jornet, Alfredo (2014). Fostering and analyzing connections across science inquiry activities: Research methods in the MIRACLE project.
  • Pierroux, Palmyre; Krange, Ingeborg; Silseth, Kenneth; Jornet, Alfredo & Arnseth, Hans Christian (2014). Field Trips to Science Museums: A Study of Students’ Sense-Making when Interacting with Exhibits.
  • Jornet, Alfredo (2014). On learning and experience: Lessons from Dewey and Vygotsky. Pedagogisk profil. ISSN 0805-5610.
  • Jornet, Alfredo (2012). Integrating physical experiences and digital visualizations in collaborative inquiry learning across contexts.
  • Bakken, Sven Magne; Haavie, Jon; Isdal, Edith; Toussaint, Jeremy; Nesnass, Richard & Krange, Ingeborg [Show all 10 contributors for this article] (2012). Varmepumpespill - installasjon i utstillingen EnergiTivoli.
  • Jornet-Gil, Alfredo & Jahreie, Cecilie Flo (2011). Designing for immersive learning environments across schools and science museums. Multiprofessional conceptualizations of space.
  • Jornet-Gil, Alfredo (2011). Meaning making trajectories across contexts. Learning science through mixed reality representations in the school and the museum.
  • Krange, Ingeborg & Jornet, Alfredo (2010). MIRACLE: Mixed Reality Interactions across Contexts of Learning.
  • Jornet-Gil, Alfredo; Eisemann, Martin & Choliz, Mariano (2009). Pattern of use of mobile phone in Norwegian adolescents: A cross-cultural comparison between Spanish and Norwegian teenagers.
  • Jornet-Gil, Alfredo & Choliz, Mariano (2009). Sevaral questionnaires to measure psychological variables related with abuse of mobile phone.
  • Jornet-Gil, Alfredo & Choliz, Mariano (2009). The test of dependence of the mobile phone: Psychometric properties and psychological implications.
  • Jornet, Alfredo (2015). The bodily and contextual foundations of conceptual coherence and continuity: Case studies from the teaching and learning of science inquiry. Akademika Forslag. ISSN 1501-8962. Full text in Research Archive

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Published Jan. 26, 2011 3:11 PM - Last modified Aug. 26, 2019 2:45 PM