Thomas Nygren

senior lecturer at Department of Education

Email:
thomas.nygren[AT-sign]edu.uu.se
Mobile phone:
+46 73 6468649
Visiting address:
von Kraemers allé 1 A
752 37 Uppsala
Postal address:
Box 2136
750 02 Uppsala

Short presentation

I am Associate Professor at the Department of Education, Uppsala University. My research interests focus on history education, the digital impact on education, critical thinking and human rights education. My previous research, conducted also at Umeå University and Stanford University, has been published in books and journals of history, education, and digital humanities.

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Biography

I am an associate professor of history and education and senior lecturer at the Department of Education, Uppsala University. My research interests focus on international understanding, history education, the digital impact on education, historiography, critical thinking and human rights education. My previous research, conducted also at Umeå University and Stanford University, has been published in books and journals of history, education, and digital humanities.

Background

As a teacher in history and social science, I have had the privilege to research the practice and history of history teaching. My findings, presented in my thesis, show a richness of practices where teachers and students understand and communicate history in various ways.

In the research project "History Beyond Borders: The International Textbook Revision 1919-2002", directed by Daniel Lindmark Umeå University, I studied the relationship between international guidelines and Swedish history education 1927-2002, understanding better the complexity of implementation. This project was financed by the Swedish Research Council and conducted in collaboration with Georg Eckert Institute for Textbook Research.

Within the research program "Media Places", directed by Patrik Svensson HUMlab Umeå University and financed by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg foundation, I studied how students write history when using digital databases. In this program and in collaboration with the Spatial History Project at Stanford University I also studied the impact of data and visualizations on students and academia.

I was also involved in a project studying European History Crossroads as Pathways to Intercultural and Media Education (EHISTO). Financed by EU's Life Long Learning program we implemented and studied Popular Historical Magazines in teaching to find out if students can understand multiperspectivity and treat popular historical media in a critical way. This joint project, directed by Susanne Popp University of Augsburg, had researchers and teachers from Germany, Poland, Spain and England; multiple countries providing multiple historical perspectives.

Research

Currently I am studying how digital media and teaching practices can be used to support and analyze different forms of critical thinking and values. This is in light of my previous research and a one-year stay as a visiting researcher at the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA), Stanford University, where I studied the teaching of human rights in Sweden and the United States, funded by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation.

I am now working on ways to better understand different learning processes and how this can be stimulated in a digital era. For instance, how research and digital tools can be used to support and understand teaching on different levels. At the global level I collaborate with researchers and teachers from different parts of the world to better understand what students in different school contexts learn about human rights, peace and sustainability. This research of Global Citizenship Education is tied to a research node (GLOC) which I lead.

In collaboration with colleagues in Uppsala and schools in the neighborhood, we study critical thinking in school subjects and across subject boundaries. In an adjacent project, we work actively to better understand and stimulate young people’s digital literacy. These studies are conducted within the context of the Department of Education’s commitment to cooperate with partner schools in the local community.

In a national project "The News Evaluator" I study together with researchers, designers and thousands of teenagers the credibility of digital news feeds. The project is partly financed by Vinnova and is a collaboration with VA (Public & Science) and Rise interactive. Together, we have built a digital tool and a database to better understand today’s news feeds in digital media and we are now working to design evidence based tools for teaching and learning digital civic literacy.

As a researcher I am also part of a EU funded project aiming to enhance critical thinking and media literacy among learners and educational staff through developing, implementing and evaluating innovative methods and practices to debunk disinformation and propaganda. In this project - Peer education and gamification against polarisation (PEGAP) - research based digital tools will be tested, used and evaluated in combination with peer education in the Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden and Germany to support critical thinking regarding fake news. Collaboration headed by Diversion including Uppsala University, DROG, AEGEE, Schwarzkopf Stiftung and Fryshuset. Financed by the EU.

Publications

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