Short CV/Education and training

  • Since 2016
    Research Director at Mälardalen Univeristy, School of Education, Culture and Communication, Sweden

  • Since 2011
    Scientific leader of the research environment, Children and Youth in School and Society, at Mälardalen Univeristy, School of Education, Culture and Communication

  • Since 2011
    Program leader for the preschool teacher program at Mälardalen University, School of Education, Culture and Communication

  • 2010
    Professor in Education at Mälardalen Univeristy, School of Education, Culture and Communication

  • 2007
    Associate professor in Education at Mälardalen University, Sweden

  • 2003
    - Senior lecturer in Education at MälardalenUniversity, Sweden

  • 2003
    Ph.D in Education, The playworld of grown ups. A study of adults' play experiences, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

  • 1976
    Preschool teacher exam, Univeristy of Gävle

Selected publications

  • Williams, P., Sheridan, S. & Sandberg, A. (2014). Preschool – an arena for children’s learning of social and cognitive knowledge. Early Years: an international research journal, 34(3), 226-240 DOI: 10.1080/09575146.2013.87260.

  • Lillvist, A., Sandberg, A., Sheridan, S., & Williams, P. (2014). Preschool teacher competence viewed from the perspective of students in early childhood teacher. Journal of Education for Teaching, 40(1), 3-19.

  • Hart, A., Heaver, B., Brunnberg, E., Sandberg, A., MacPherson, H., Coombe, S., & Kourkoutas, E. (2014). Resilience-building with disabled children and young people: a review and critique of the academic evidence base. International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies, 5(3), 394–422.

  • Broström, S., Johansson, I., & Sandberg, A., & Frøkjær, T., (2014). Preschool teacher’s View on Learning in Preschool in Sweden and Denmark. European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, 22(5)590-603

  • Norling, M. & Sandberg, A. (2015). Language Learning in Outdoor Environments: perspectives of preschool staff. Journal of Nordic Research in Early Childhood Educational Research, 9(1) 1-16.

  • Axelsson, K., Hägglund, S. & Sandberg, A. (2015). Entrepreneurial Learning in Education. Preschool as a Take-Off for the Entrepreneurial Self, Journal of Education and Training, 2(2), 40-58.

  • Ehrlin, A., Insulander, E., & Sandberg, A (2015). Natural Science and Technology: Interpretations of Entrepreneurial Learning in Early Years of Education. International Journal for Infomics, 1(1),2-5.

  • Ehrlin, A., Insulander, E., & Sandberg, A. (2015) Perspectives on Entrepreneurial Learning in the Early Years of Education. Journal of Education and Human Development, 4 (3) 151-159.

  • Insulander, E., Ehrlin, A. & Sandberg , A. (2015). Entrepreneurial Learning in Swedish Preschools. Possibilities and Constraints for Children’s Active Participation. Early Childhood Development and Care, 185(10), 1545-1555.

  • Norling, M, Sandberg, A. & Almqvist, L. (.2015). Engagement and Emergent Literacy Practices in Swedish Preschools. European Early Childhood Education Research Journal 23 (5), 619-634


Selected projects

  • Preschool as the context for language development in children, 2009 – 2013. Financed by the Swedish Research Council, Project leader professor Eva Björk-Åkesson. Member professorAnette Sandberg, professor Mats Granlund, and Associate professor Polly Björk-Willen

  • Teacher competence in changes – A study of teacher competence in preschool, 2008 – 2011. Financed by the Swedish Research Council, Project leader professor Sonja Sheridan, member professor Pia Williams and professor Anette Sandberg

  • Early intervention for young children in preschool – general and specific support, 2004 – 2008. Financed by the Swedish Research Council, Project leader professor Eva Björk-Åkesson. Member professorAnette Sandberg, and professor Mats Granlund

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Board member in the Research school, ReCeC 2018 – 2022

  • Reviewer of research applications for the Research Council of Norway, 2021

  • Expert and chairman in the evaluation of the Preschool Teacher Programs and in the follow-up of the education evaluation for the Swedish Higher Education Authority (UKÄ), 2018 – 2020

  • Expert for the expert evaluation of the pedagogical education, Denmark's pre-school teacher programme for The Danish Ministry of Higher Education and the Danish Evaluation Institute (EVA), 2020

  • Reviewer of research applications for the Swedish Institute for Educational Research, 2017 – 2020

  • Researcher in the project group on systematic research overviews (To support and stimulate children's social abilities teaching in preschool through play), for the Swedish Institute for Educational Research, 2017 – 2019

  • Reviewer of research applications for the Swedish Research Council, 2016/2017

  • Board member in the Research school, Forfa, 2014 – 2018

  • Member of the Swedish Organisation Mondiale pour l’Education Prescolair (OMEP)

  • World Forum on Early Care and Education, National Representative of Sweden

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