Dr. Nikolaj Elf

Chair of the International Association for Research in L1 Education

Nikolaj Elf, PhD, is professor in educational sciences focusing on disciplinary/subject-specific didactics at Department for the Study of Culture, University of Southern Denmark. Elf’s main research field is all aspects related to Language 1/L1-education (also known as Mother Tongue Education (MTE)), focusing in particular on literature, writing, media and technology and multilingual education. Within the International Association for Research in L1 Education (ARLE), he is the chair of the executive board and was the founder and co-coordinator of ARLE’s SIG TALE (Technology and Literacy Education) until 2019. He is a co-editor of the ARLE-affiliated journal L1 – Educational Studies in Language and Literature until 2020. He has published extensively in local Danish, Nordic and international publications, including a review on “Technology in L1” (with Hanghøj, Skaar & Erixon) published in L1 in 2015, a paper on “Writing Development and Education Standards in Cross-national Perspective” (with Jeffery, Skar & Wilcox) in Writing & Pedagogy, 2018, a contribution to a special issue in L1 on literature education interventions (Illum Hansen, Elf, Gissel & Steffensen, 2019) and the author of the chapter “Enabling and constraining: Digital technology in students’ writing and writer development” in Krogh & Jakobsen (eds.), Understanding Young People's Writing Development: Identity, Disciplinarity, and Education (London: Routledge, 2019). Since 2017, Elf is a member of the Steering Committee of International Society for the Advancement of Writing Research (ISAWR). In 2018, he was appointed member of WAC Clearinghouse Publications Review Board. He is a co-leader of the Nordic Centre of Excellence Quality in Nordic Teaching 2018-2023 and leader of the University of Southern Denmark Centre for Research on Primary and Lower Secondary School starting August 2020. He was a visiting researcher at the National Literacy Centre, University of Stavanger, 2015-2019.

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