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Leila Eve Ferguson

Leila Ferguson, ansatt på Høyskolen Kristiania


Basiskompetanse i høyskolepedagogikk og bachelor i pedagogikk

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Background / research interests

  • Epistemic cognition in students and (pre-service) teachers
  • Multiple text comprehension, sourcing
  • (Pre-service) teacher beliefs
  • Critical thinking

Current projects

KILTED (A Longitudinal Mixed Methods Study of Student Teachers’ Beliefs about Knowledge, Intelligence, Learning and Teaching) – A study of the development of and relations between student teachers’ beliefs about central concepts in education. Project leader: Leila Ferguson.


  • Associate Professor
    Kristiania University College
    2017 –
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow
    University of Oslo
    2013 – 2017
  • Associate Professor (20%)
    Telemark University College
  • Doctoral Research Fellow
    University of Oslo
    2009 – 2013
  • Special Education Teacher
    Groruddalen skole

Visiting Research Experience

  • Visiting Research Fellow
    Victoria University of Wellington, NZ
  • Visiting Research Fellow
    University of Valencia, Spain
  • Visiting Research Fellow
    Muenster University, Germany



Communications: The European Journal of Communication Research, Computers and Education, Educational Psychology, English for Specific Purposes, European Journal of Psychology of Education, Higher Education Quarterly, Instructional Science, International Journal of Computer Supported Collaborative Learning, Journal of Curriculum Studies, Learning and Individual Differences, Nordic Journal of Digital Literacy, Reading & Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Teaching and Learning in Medicine, Universal Journal of Educational Research


American Educational Research Association (Divisions C & K), International Conference of the Learning Sciences

Teaching and Supervision

Current teaching:

  • Responsible for BA module “Perspectives on learning and educational-sociology” (net).
  • Basiskompetanse i høyskolepedagogikk (Education for faculty)

Previous experience:

Lecturing, seminar leader and examiner (traditional and net-based) at bachelor level: Education (Child, language and learning, How people learn, Introduction to Education) and Special Education (reading and writing). Examiner and seminar leader at master level: MA in reading and writing, pedagogical-psychological counselling, academic writing, special education in teacher education. I have supervised (2) and co-supervised (1) MA theses to completion.

Recent publications

  • Bråten, I., & Ferguson, L.E. (2015). 
    Beliefs about sources of knowledge predict motivation for learning in teacher education. Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies, 50, 13-23.
  • Ferguson, L.E. (2015). 
    Epistemic beliefs and their relation to multiple-text comprehension: A Norwegian program of research. Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research59, 731-752.
  • Kienhues, D., Ferguson, L.E., Stahl, E. (2016).
    Diverging information and epistemic change (p318-330). In J.A. Greene, W.A. Sandoval, & I. Bråten. Handbook of epistemic cognition. NY: Routledge.
  • Lunn Brownlee, J., Ferguson, L.E., & Ryan, M. (2017). 
    Changing teachers’ epistemic cognition: A new conceptual framework for epistemic reflexivity. Educational Psychologist, 57, 242-252.  doi: 10.1080/00461520.2017.1333430

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