SIG 09 Phenomenography and Variation Theory


Mission Statement

SIG 9 Phenomenography and Variation Theory bring together researchers whose research interests lie in learning, teaching, socialization, educational planning and other areas, in different contexts and disciplines. The particular perspective developed focuses on a relational approach to knowledge formation, with emphasis on qualitatively different conceptions of a subject matter and the agency of the learner. Research on Phenomenography has provided descriptions and explanations of how the individual relates to the surrounding world and has led to important knowledge concerning the relation between the agency of the learner and the situation. The knowledge originated from Phenomenography and Variation Theory has formed the base for further description and explanation of this relation in different research fields, including constituting the development of research methods.

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SIG 9 Conference 2024

  • Theme: Phenomenography and variation theory – the core, the diversity and the potential
  • Date: 21st - 23rd of August, 2024
  • Place: Uppsala University, Sweden
  • Conference Website
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SIG 9 Conference 2022

  • Theme: Phenomenography and Variation Theory in Practice
  • Date: 24th - 26th of August, 2022
  • Place: Stockholm University, Sweden
  • Conference website

Thank you to attendees and presenters at the 2022 conference in Stockholm. The conference brought together researchers representing 12 countries and included presentations, space for collaboration and a workshop for PhD students. Our next conference will be in 2024 and we will announce details in August 2023.

SIG 9 Conference 2021

  • Theme: Continuity and change
  • Date: 10th - 11th of February, 2021
  • Place: Online
  • Conference website