Åsa Hirsh

Assistant Professor education

Department of Pedagogy and Psychology , School of Education and Communication

Doctor of Philosophy


Assessment and its impact on learning and instruction are more emphasized than ever in Swedish schools. In a new assessment paradigm teachers are encouraged to develop the formative aspects of assessment, at the same time as formal grading, high stake testing, documentation and accountability are increasingly accentuated issues.

In her thesis, Åsa Hirsh studies the Individual Education Plan as part of teachers' assessment practice. In four studies, she problematizes different aspects of the IEP as a tool for learning and assessment. Together the studies form an entity, in which the IEP is understood as document as well as practice. A sociocultural perspective is central to the studies, where a basic assumption is that there are a number of factors influencing how teachers are given the opportunity to form IEP documentation and practice.

Åsa Hirsh defended her doctoral thesis 29 November 2013 in Education on the dissertation The Individual Development Plan as Tool and Practice in Swedish compulsory school.


Åsa Hirsh has for several years worked as a secondary school teacher. After completing a Master degree in Educational Work in 2007, she has worked with school development focusing on assessment issues. Åsa is frequently engaged in lecturing within the area of assessment and IEP, and is also giving courses in assessment at the university.


Segolsson, M. Hirsh, Å. Bäcklund, J. (2017). The Flipped Classroom and Student Learning at Compulsory School in Sweden. : International Institute for Science, Technology & Education More information
Hirsh, Å. Segolsson, M. (2017). Enabling teacher-driven school-development and collaborative learning. : Sage Publications More information
Hirsh, Å. (2015). IUP i praktiken. More information
Hirsh, Å. (2015). IDPs at Work. More information
Hirsh, Å. (2014). The Individual Development Plan: supportive tool or mission impossible?. More information
Hirsh, Å. (2012). IUP – verktyg för lärande?. More information
Hirsh, Å. (2012). The individual education plan. More information
Hirsh, Å. (2011). A tool for learning? An analysis of targets and strategies in Swedish Individual Education Plans. More information


Hirsh, Å. (2017). Formativ undervisning. Stockholm: Natur och kultur More information
Hirsh, Å. (2016). Skolans dokumentation. Stockholm: Liber More information

Chapter in book

Hirsh, Å. Wiberg, M. (2007). Det kan bli skillnader, det kan det, men vi kan inte göra något åt det. Eller?. Jönköping: Högskolan för lärande och kommunikation More information

Conference paper

Lindberg, V. Hirsh, Å. (2016). Exploring Students’ Knowing by Pre and Post-tests in Learning Studies. More information
Hirsh, Å. Lindberg, V. (2016). Exploring Students’ Knowing by Pre and Post-tests in Learning Studies. More information


Hirsh, Å. (2013). The individual development plan as tool and practice in Swedish compulsory school. Dissertation. School of Education and Communication. Jönköping: School of Education and Communication More information

Other publications

Hirsh, Å. (2017). Bedömning i skolan – vad och varför?. Stockholm: Skolverket More information


Hirsh, Å. (2017). Perspektiv på skolans pedagogiska dokumentation – den skriftliga individuella utvecklingsplanens roll och relation till annan dokumentation. Stockholm: Skolverket More information
Hirsh, Å. (2016). Nationella prov i grundskolan. Stockholm: Skolverket More information
Hirsh, Å. Lindberg, V. (2015). Formativ bedömning på 2000-talet – en översikt av svensk och internationell forskning. Stockholm: Vetenskapsrådet More information
Lindberg, V. Hirsh, Å. Wallander, A. Udin, A. Garay, J. (2015). Att ge röst åt de yngre barnen. Stockholm: Information Tools Scandinavia More information

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