I am interested in investigating science education practices in transformation by means of digital technology and social media. Focus on the handling of controversial issues such as HPV vaccine, GMO gene modified organisms, climate change, critical appraisal of information and the role of visualizations and interdisciplinary collaboration.
I am engaged as postdoctoral researcher in the project Immersive Learning Across Contexts (ILASC). In the project we will develop interdisciplinary learning designs targeting the topic Public Health and Life Skills (Folkehelse og Livsmestring) where new digital technologies, such as virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR), play an important part as learning resources. We will create learning environments that enable students to experience abstract knowledge in engaging and meaningful ways by connecting the classroom to relevant knowledge practices in the local community. We will employ design-based methods that involve close collaboration between researchers and teachers. My research aim is to explore how students in interaction and within the contexts in which they learn, play and act, engage with health related knowledge and issues. The idea is to develop theoretically grounded approaches to investigate the social, communicative, and academic experiences of students as they engage in local and situated activities, participating in formal and informal educational contexts.
At the University of Gothenburg I was a member of the interdisciplinary LETStudio network engaging in digital transformation and young citizen agency (www.gu.se/letstudio). My dissertation work investigated the introduction of digital mapping tools to a science in society project in upper secondary school in collaboration with an interdisciplinary group of teachers. I drew on dialogical and sociocultural frameworks in order to analyse students’ handling of complex issues in various educational contexts, interacting with mediating tools in dialogue with others. The results are published in a number of articles and book chapters:
- Solli, A., Hillman, T., & Mäkitalo, Å. (2019). Navigating the complexity of socio-scientific controversies—how students make multiple voices present in discourse. Research in Science Education, 49(6), 1595-1623.
- Solli, A. (2019). Appeals to Science: Recirculation of Online Claims in Socioscientific Reasoning. Research in Science Education. //doi.org/10.1007/s11165-019-09878-w
- Solli, A., Mäkitalo, Å, & Hillman, T. (2018). Rendering controversial socio-scientific issues legible through digital mapping tools. International Journal of Computer Supported Learning 13(4), 391-418
- Elam, M., Solli, A. and Mäkitalo, Å. (2019) Socioscientific Issues via Controversy Mapping: Bringing Actor-Network Theory into the Science Classroom with Digital Technology, Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education 40(1) , 61-77
- Solli, A., Bach, F., & Åkerman, B. (2014). Learning to argue as a biotechnologist: disprivileging opposition to genetically modified food. Cultural Studies of Science Education, 9(1), 1–23.
- Mäkitalo, Å., Elam, M., Solli, A. & Ferraz Freire, S. (2019) Digital Inquiry into Emerging Issues of Public Concern: Controversy Mapping in a Swedish School Context in Å. Mäkitalo, T. Nicewonger, & M. Elam (eds.) Designs for Experimentation and Inquiry: Approaching Learning and Knowing in Digital Transformation. London: Routledge.
From a research project on the role science centers play in the development of science literacy:
- Falk, J. H., Dierking, L. D., Swanger,.. Solli, A.,... & Falla, S. (2016). Correlating Science Center Use With Adult Science Literacy: An International, Cross‐Institutional Study. Science Education, 100(5), 849-876.
- Senior Lecturer University of Gothenburg, 2019 – present.
- PhD in Education at the University of Gothenburg, 2019. Dissertation: Handling socioscientific controversy through digital inquiry
- Lic Tech at the Chalmers University of Technolog, 2012. ”A Discourse Perspective on the Learning of Biotechnology”
- Project leader for exhibitions at the science center Universeum, 2001 – 2015
- Science Teacher upper secondary school Gothenburg, 1999/2001.
- University of Tromsø, 1994 – 1998 Research project: cold induced genes in Rhizobium.
- Engineer, Radiumhospitalet in Oslo, 1993
- MSc chemistry/biotechnology NTNU, Norway 1992.
Distinguished Paper Award in Cultural Studies in Science Education, 2014Error when retrieving publications from Cristin