Research on interaction around comics and pop culture in schools

My research revolves mainly around pop culture media combining image, text and motion, and how interactions around these are utilized in school. My main area of interest is the comic book and its use in the classroom, but board games, RPGs and picture books are also of great interest.

My dissertation (2017) is on how comics are used to create stories and story telling in classroom activities. Video data is analyzed from a discursive psychological perspective and the study investigates students’ and teachers’ constructions of discourse on comics and comics reading. The results of the study demonstrate a comics literacy where participants discuss how comics are read, their personal experiences of the material and the value thereof, and what constitutes reading in relation to comics – the combination of sequential images, text, speech bubbles, etc. The dissertation argues that this comics literacy is discussed in relation to this medium, rather than the more general visual literacy traditionally used in these discussions. The dissertation is available at: http://www.diva-portal.org/smash/record.jsf?pid=diva2:1150907

The project ”Comics in education” presently includes work together with Katarina Eriksson Barajas on a systematic research review of the field where we aim to gather and analyze research on comics as a tool for K-9 education since the 1990s. Preliminary results indicate that even though the amount of research in the field has increased since the turn of the millenium, there is still very little work done in the school environment, whilst a significantly larger part of comics studies theorizes on usage of comics in school. 
This project also contains a collaboration with  Eva Reimers and Katarina Eriksson Barajas  where we investigate gender constructions with comics in Grade 3 and Grade 8 classes. Furthermore, I am presently writing on sound effects and the use of graphic text as literary devices for comics story telling in Grade 3.

In the project ”Doing Feedback in Higher Education” Karin Stolpe and I investigate how students and university teachers in the teachers program construct feedback for written assignments, both in writing and orally, and how this is done as a multimodal process in interaction and through text.

Teaching

Apart from my project work, I also teach courses in 
Scientific theory and method, Educational Psychology and Social Studies (religion) for the Teacher's Program (Grade teachers, K-3, recreation centre, and Pre-school) and supervise essays and degree papers, at the Department of Social and Welfare Studies.

Work in the community

Presently I am looking for teachers who work with, or are interested in working with, board games and role-playing games in the classroom. I’m also interested in working on relations between schools and Linköping University. If you are a teacher interested in this, do not hesitate to get in touch with me!

Publications

2018

Lars Wallner

Inrutad pedagogik: Serietidningen som verktyg i skolan

Other

Lars Wallner

Gutter Talk: Co-Constructing Narratives Using Comics in the Classroom

In Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research

Article in journal

2017

Lars Wallner

Framing Education: Doing Comics Literacy in the Classroom

Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary

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