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Helena Lennholm

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ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

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OSQUARS BACKE 31

Researcher


About me

I did my PhD Thesis work at STFI (nowadays called RISE) "Investigations of Cellulose Polymorphs by 13C-CP/MAS-NMR spectroscopy and Chemometrics" 1994. Then I started at KTH as an Assistant Professor in 1997. I did research in the area of wood chemistry and especially cellulose and cellulose derivatives. In 2000 I became Associate Professor in Wood Chemistry. Then I changed carrier and started to work as a high school teacher in chemistry. I became Master of Education at Växjö University 2006, and worked at Åva Gymnasium as a chemistry teacher. From 2017, I'm back at KTH, inst. for Fibre- and Polymer technology, div. Wood Chemistry and Pulp Technology part of my time, where I teach and do research. The rest of my time I spend at Department of Learning in Engineering Sciences and teach chemistry and technology didactics. My main reserch interest is how to improve teaching for sustainable development.

Research projects

Ljungbergprojektet

ATSSTEM-project, see https://www.kth.se/larande/projekt/ats-assessment-of-transversal-skills-in-stem-1.1050257

K-ULF project, see https://www.kth.se/larande/projekt/k-ulf-kompensatorisk-undervisning-for-larande-och-forskning-1.1048897

Chemistry didactics within project work in secondary school

Together with professor Åsa Emmer, analytical chemistry, KTH and professor Monica Ek, wood chemistry. We study how to encourage secondary school pupils to come to KTH and work with their ”gymnasiearbete”, as well as the didactics used in these situations.

How does participation in SI affect learning, attitudes and motivation?
Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an academic support model developed at the University of Missouri–Kansas City in 1973 that uses peer-assisted study sessions to improve student retention and success within targeted historically difficult courses. The SI program provides peer support by having students who succeeded in traditionally difficult academic courses help other students complete these courses. SI has been used in courses at KTH for many years. In the program Master of Science in Engineering and in Education ” we have been using SI mainly in the course “Discrete mathematics”, year one. 

Broadening of recruitment by development of "Regional SI-platform" in Stockholm

SI has been used in mathematics courses at KTH, for many years and found to be an effective method. Since the autumn 2019 we are trying out SI sessions i upper secondary schools in Stockholm.

Board games in secondary/higher education for sustainable development

Together with Jon-Erik Dahlin, Snowflake Education

We study experiences from students and teachers from playing board games in secondary schools and university classes, as well as a plan to promote teaching for sustainable development in the future.


Courses

Bio Fibre Chemistry (KF2460), assistant | Course web

Degree Project in Subject-Based Teaching and Learning, Second Cycle (LT201X), examiner, course responsible, teacher | Course web

Degree Project in Technology and Learning, Second Cycle (LT200X), examiner, course responsible, teacher | Course web

Development and Learning in Science and Technology (LT1039), teacher | Course web

Development and Learning in Science and Technology (UMK310), teacher | Course web

Materials Chemistry and Properties (KF1165), assistant | Course web

Planning, Assessment and Grading (LT1015), teacher | Course web

Programme Integrating Course for Bridging, Teacher Education Programme (LT1011), teacher | Course web

School Placement (LT1012), teacher | Course web

School Placement 2 (LT2013), teacher | Course web

School Placement 3 (LT2029), teacher | Course web

School Placement III with Subject Didactics (UMK704), assistant, teacher | Course web

Teaching and Assessment in Mathematics and Technology or Science (UMK702), teacher | Course web

Teaching and Assessment in Mathematics and Technology or Science (LT2032), examiner, teacher | Course web