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Konrad Schönborn

Professor, Head of Unit

Interrogating the intersection of visualization and learning

Konrad is passionate about the impact of visualization on learning. His doctoral journey provided a unique opportunity to examine relationships between human learning and the visual representation of scientific knowledge.

Entering Linköping University (LiU) granted him life-changing exposure to cutting-edge visualization research – visual information that is dynamic, multimodal, and immersive. Such world-class environments provide novel avenues to investigate visualization for learning and communicating science and knowledge across the STEM disciplines. At the same time, as scientific leader of the National Graduate School in Science and Technology Education (FontD), he has had the chance to contribute to the emergence of science and technology education research in Sweden.

In working close together with colleagues at the Visual Learning and Communication (VLC) research group at LiU, Visualization Center C in Norrköping, across LiU faculties, nationally in Sweden, and around the world, his research has included investigating students’ and citizens’ interpretation and interaction with visualizations of the bio-microcosmos, the nanoworld, and abstract properties of the macroscale. The future vision is to pursue new inroads into how visualization can harness learners’ and citizens’ meaningful exploration and explanation of science.

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Andreas C. Göransson, Konrad Schönborn, Lena Tibell (2023) Towards defining success factors for school visits to digital science centers
Anna Otterborn, Bodil Sundberg, Konrad Schönborn (2023) The Impact of Digital and Analog Approaches on a Multidimensional Preschool Science Education Research in science education Continue to DOI
Jonas Hallström, Konrad Schönborn (2023) Models and modeling in STEM education: nature, roles, and implementation International Encyclopedia of Education, p. 112-116 Continue to DOI
Jonas Hallström, Per Norstrom, Konrad Schönborn (2023) Authentic STEM education through modelling: an international Delphi study International Journal of STEM education, Vol. 10, Article 62 Continue to DOI
Jonas Hallström, Charlotta Nordlöf, Per Norström, Konrad Schönborn (2023) Authenticity in Integrated STEM Education - Boon or Fantasy?: Observing Upper Secondary Technology Classroom Practice PATT40 Liverpool 2023. Pupils' Attitudes Towards Technology Conference: Diverse Experiences of Design and Technology Education for a Contemporary and Pluralist Society, p. 397-404

Education and career

  • Konrad Schönborn was born 1977 in South Africa
  • PhD University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg 2005
  • Postdoc Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany 2006–2007
  • Postdoc Linköping University 2008
  • Assistant Professor Linköping University 2009
  • Associate Professor Linköping University 2012
  • Docent Linköping University 2017
  • Professor Linköping University 2021

Visual Learning and Communication

Our research is about teaching and learning science with visualizations. We focus on biology and molecular sciences, and are interested in both learning with and design of visualizations.