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Klara Bolander

Lecturer senior

Visiting address : Tomtebodavägen 18a 171 77 Stockholm, Sweden

About me

I am Associate Professor in medical education at the Unit for Medical Education, LIME. I have been working as an educational developer at Karolinska Institutet since 2001. After finishing my PhD 2007 with the title 'Learning across Paradigms - towards an understanding of the development of medical teaching practice', I have established a research group regarding Learning Environments and Educational Development (LEED).

Between 2012-2014 I was the director of the Unit for Medical Education (UME). I am a member of the prize committee for the international prize for research in medical education (PRIME) since 2010. I am also an affiliated researcher to the school of health sciences education (SHE) at Maastricht University. Since 2015 I work most of my time at the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CeUL) at Stockholm University, where I am an associate professor at the Department of Education.


My bachelor degree was in sociology of organisations at Lund University after which I moved to Glasgow to finish an honours degree in sociology of education and cognitive psychology.

In 2007 I finished my PhD

In 2014 I became associate professor (docent) in medical education

Research description

Our research is focusing the environment in which students learn, and how this environment can be understood as well as the change agents involved in that environments: students, teaching staff and academic leaders. My research is action oriented in that the purpose for the research is that we should be able to act on the outcomes of the research to create better environments for learning. To achieve the goal of better educational environments, sometimes changes are needed at organisational level, which means that my perspective on change is based in systems theory and theories that promote a view that learning is situated.

Below is a list of on going and finalised research projects that I am involved in:

  • What signifies a strong clinical learning environment (SLL Alf pedagogik, 2010, 2012-2014, 2015-2017, Exam projects for Matilda Liljedahl, Niklas Tångring, Anna, Agnes)
  • Explorations of campus based learning environments (2011-2015, PhD project Per Palmgren)
  • Change facilitators in medical education (2014-2018, PhD project Cormac McGrath)
  • Enactment of educational policy in medical education (2009-2015, PhD project Linda Barman)
  • Explorations of academic leadership through multiple models (PhD project Teresa Söderhjelm, Masters project Radja Dawoud)
  • A realist review on initiatives to integrate basic science and clinical knowledge in medical education (BEME review 2012-2014)
  • Development of communities of practice around teaching and learning in medical education (PhD project 2007)


Exploring chiropractic students' experiences of the educational environment in healthcare professional training: a qualitative study
Palmgren Pj, Laksov Kb
BMC medical education 2015;15():128-

Identifying keys to success in clinical learning: a study of two interprofessional learning environments
Laksov Kb, Boman Le, Liljedahl M, Björck E
Journal of interprofessional care 2015;29(2):156-8

Participation in a clinical learning environment
Liljedahl M, Boman Le, Björck E, Laksov Kb
The clinical teacher 2015;12(4):284-5

Physiotherapists' stories about professional development
Pettersson Af, Bolander Laksov K, Fjellström M
Physiotherapy theory and practice 2015;31(6):396-402

Reassessing the educational environment among undergraduate students in a chiropractic training institution: A study over time
Palmgren Pj, Sundberg T, Laksov Kb
The Journal of chiropractic education 2015;29(2):110-26

What students really learn: contrasting medical and nursing students' experiences of the clinical learning environment
Liljedahl M, Boman Le, Fält Cp, Bolander Laksov K
Advances in health sciences education : theory and practice 2015;20(3):765-79

Exploring perceptions of the educational environment among undergraduate physiotherapy students
Palmgren Pj, Lindquist I, Sundberg T, Nilsson Gh, Laksov Kb
International journal of medical education 2014;5():135-46

Let's talk about integration: a study of students' understandings of integration
Laksov Kb, Mcgrath C, Josephson A
Advances in health sciences education : theory and practice 2014;19(5):709-20

Outcome based education enacted: teachers' tensions in balancing between student learning and bureaucracy
Barman L, Silén C, Bolander Laksov K
Advances in health sciences education : theory and practice 2014;19(5):629-43

Policy enacted - teachers' approaches to an outcome-based framework for course design
Barman L, Bolander-laksov K, Silen C

Is there a chilly climate? An educational environmental mixed method study in a chiropractic training institution
Palmgren Pj, Chandratilake M, Nilsson Gh, Laksov Kb
The Journal of chiropractic education 2013;27(1):11-20

Enhancing meaningful learning and self-efficacy through collaboration between dental hygienist and physiotherapist students - a scholarship project
Johannsen A, Bolander-laksov K, Bjurshammar N, Nordgren B, Fridén C, Hagströmer M
International journal of dental hygiene 2012;10(4):270-6

The application of Item Response Theory on a teaching strategy profile questionnaire
Brodin U, Fors U, Laksov Kb

Developing a community of practice around teaching: a case study
Laksov Kb, Mann S, Dahlgren Lo

Does teacher thinking match teaching practice? A study of basic science teachers
Laksov Kb, Nikkola M, Lonka K
MEDICAL EDUCATION 2008;42(2):143-51

How do medical teachers address the problem of transfer?
Laksov Kb, Lonka K, Josephson A

Strategic educational development
Laksov Kb

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