Robert Lecusay

Avdelningen för pedagogik och psykologi , Högskolan för lärande och kommunikation

Robert is Associate Professor of Education (focus in Early Childhood Education) at Jönköping University's School of Education and Communication. He is a member of the Preschool Education Research group (within the Practice-based Education Research group) and  Sustainability Education Research group. His research examines the relationship between formal and informal learning in afterschool and preschool environments, focusing in particular on the tension between play and learning in processes of schoolification and pedagogization in early childhood education for sustainability.He is currently the principal investigator for a study examining children’s outdoor pretend and exploratory play in relation to a growing agenda in the Swedish preschool sector that emphasizes teaching (formal instruction) at an earlier age. This study is part of a  Swedish regional government funded intervention  to examine health and educational outcomes for preschools participating in workshops to sustainably develop their outdoor spaces.

Before leaving southern California for the south of Sweden, Robert was a doctoral student ( Interdisciplinary PhD Program  in  Communication  and  Cognitive Science  ) and lecturer at the  Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition,  where he collaborated with his colleagues on a variety of university-community informal learning research partnerships, and on a project for the MacArthur Foundation to survey the state of the art in methods for documenting and assessing informal learning . After earning his PhD, Robert combined his teaching and research at UCSD with work as Director of Education and Research at the San Diego Community Garden NetworkThis involved co-ordinating with university and community stakeholders to design and teach courses in which university students and community youth collaborated around urban agriculture projects as means of learning about methods and theories in sustainability and educational ethnography. This work was a direct extension of research conducted for his doctoral training: ethnographies or  informal science education in after-school settings , and of a  Swedish play pedagogy intervention in an American K-1 classroom .

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Lecusay, R., Nilsson, M. (2020). Lek i förskolan. In: G. Åsén (Ed.), Vad säger forskningen om svensk förskola? (pp. 77 -91). Stockholm: Liber
Ferholt, B., Nilsson, M., Lecusay, R. (2019). Preschool teachers being people alongside young children: The development of adults' relational competences in playworlds. In: Sophie Alcock & Nicola Stobbs (Ed.), Rethinking play as pedagogy (pp. 17 -32). New York: Routledge
Ferholt, B., Lecusay, R., Nilsson, M. (2018). Adult and Child Learning in Playworlds. In: J. Roopnarie and P. Smith (Ed.), The Cambridge Handbook of Play: Developmental and Disciplinary Perspectives
Downing-Wilson, D., Lecusay, R., Rosero, I., Cole, M. (2012). A cultural-historical approach to university/community collaborative interventions. In: Jaan Valsiner (Ed.), The Oxford handbook of culture and psychology (pp. 885 -898). Oxford: Oxford University Press


Nilsson, M., Ferholt, B., Lecusay, R. (2018). 'The Playing-Exploring Child': Re-conceptualizing the Relationship between Play and Learning in  Early Childhood Education Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 19(3), 231-245.
Nilsson, M., Lecusay, R., Alnervik, K. (2018). Undervisning i förskolan: Holistisk förskoledidaktik byggd på lek och utforskande Utbildning och Demokrati, 27(1), 9-32.
Nilsson, M., Lecusay, R., Alnervik, K., Ferholt, B. (2018). Iscensättning av undervisning: målrelationellt lärande i förskolan Barn, 36(3-4), 109-126.
Lecusay, R. (2014). Building zones of proximal development with computer games in a U-C Links after-school program International Journal of Research in Extended Education, 2(2), 13-26.
Cole, M., Lecusay, R., Rosero, I. (2012). Creating hybrid after-school enrichment activities LEARNing Landscapes, 5(2), 35-43.
Barkhuus, L., Lecusay, R. (2012). Social infrastructures as barriers and foundation for informal learning: Technology integration in an urban after-school center Computer Supported Cooperative Work, 21(1), 81-103.
Downing-Wilson, D., Lecusay, R., Cole, M. (2011). Design experimentation and mutual appropriation: Two strategies for university/community collaborative after-school interventions Theory & psychology, 21(5), 656-680.
Rosero, I., Lecusay, R., Cole, M. (2011). Ambiguous Coordination: Collaboration in Informal Science Education Research Versus: Quaderni di Studi Semiotici, 112/113, 215-240.
Ferholt, B., Lecusay, R. (2010). Adult and child development in the zone of proximal development: Socratic dialogue in a playworld Mind, culture and activity, 17(1), 59-83.
Lecusay, R., Rossen, L., Cole, M. (2008). Cultural-historical activity theory and the zone of proximal development in the study of idioculture design and implementation Cognitive Systems Research, 9(1-2), 92-103.
Shor-Posner, G. Lecusay, R. Miguez, M. Moreno-Black, G. Zhang, G. Rodriguez, N. , ... Wilkie F. (2003). Psychological burden in the era of Haart: Impact of selenium therapy International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine, 33(1), 55-69.
Wilkie, F. Goodkin, T. Khamis, L. van Zuilen, M. Lee, D. Lecusay, R. , ... Eisdorfer C. (2003). Cognitive functioning in younger and older HIV-1 - Infected adults Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, 33, S93-S105.
Burbano, X. Miguez-Burbano, M. McCollister, K. Zhang, G. Rodriguez, A. Ruiz, P. , ... Shor-Posner G. (2002). Impact of a selenium chemoprevention clinical trial on hospital admissions of HIV-infected participants HIV Clinical Trials, 3(6), 483-491.
Shor-Posner, G. Miguez, M. Pineda, L. Rodriguez, A. Ruiz, P. Castillo, G. , ... Baum M. (2002). Impact of selenium status on the pathogenesis of mycobacterial disease in HIV-1-infected drug users during the era of highly active antiretroviral therapy Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, 29(2), 169-173.
Shor-Posner, G., Lecusay, R., Morales, G., Campa, A., Miguez-Burbano, M. (2002). Neuroprotection in HIV-positive drug users: Implications for antioxidant therapy Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, 31, S84-S88.
Miguez-Burbano, M. Pineda-Medina, L. Lecusay, R. Page, J. Castillo, G. Burbano, X. , ... Shor-Posner G. (2002). Continued high risk behaviors in HIV infected drug abusers Journal of Addictive Diseases, 21(4), 67-80.
Miguez-Burbano, M., Burbano, X., Rodriguez, A., Lecusay, R., Rodriguez, N., Shor-Posner, G. (2002). Development of thrombocytosis in HIV plus drug users: Impact of antiretroviral therapy Platelets, 13(3), 183-185.
Valcour, V. Goodkin, K. Shiramizu, B. Shikuma, C. Asthana, D. Shapshak, P. , ... Linsk N. (2002). Aging, HIV-1 infection and neurocognitive function: Clinical correlates The Gerontologist, 42((Special issue I)), 81-82.
Burbano, X. Miguez, M. Lecusay, R. Rodriguez, A. Ruiz, P. Morales, G. , ... Shor-Posner G. (2001). Thrombocytopenia in HIV-infected drug users in the HAART era Platelets, 12(8), 456-461.
Shor-Posner, G. Lecusay, R. Miguez-Burbano, M. Quesada, J. Rodriguez, A. Ruiz, P. , ... Baum M. (2000). Quality of life measures in the Miami HIV-1 infected drug abusers cohort: Relationship to gender and disease status Journal of Substance Abuse, 11(4), 395-404.

Artikel, forskningsöversikt

Goodkin, K. Heckman, T. Siegel, K. Linsk, M. Khamis, I. Lee, D. , ... Eisdorfer C. (2003). "Putting a face" on HIV infection/AIDS in older adults: A psychosocial context.
Ardila-Ardila, A. Goodkin, K. Concha-Bartolini, M. Lecusay-Ruiz, R. O'Mellan-Fajardo, S. Suarez-Bustamante, P. , ... Wilkie F. (2003). HUMANS: una batería neuropsicologica para la evaluación de pacientes infectados con VIH-1: [Humans: a neuropsychological battery for evaluating HIV-1 infected patients].


Lemke, J., Lecusay, R., Cole, M., Michalchik, V. (2015). Documenting and assessing learning in informal and media-rich environments. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press



Rainio, A., Lecusay, R., Ferholt, B. (2020). They needed the chaos to learn: Exploring Playworlds as Real Utopias. Exploring Ethnography, Language and Communication 8 (EELC8), 24-25 September 2020, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway.
Ferholt, B., Lecusay, R., Rainio, A. (2020). Using Playworlds and Film-play to Study Experience. First International Symposium on Cultural-Historical Psychology, Novosibirsk, Russia, November 17-19, 2020.
Lecusay, R., Mrak, L., Aktaş, V. (2019). Rethinking the Relation between Pedagogy and Sustainability: The Views of Preschool Teachers in Sweden. Symposium: Barn, lek, lärande och hållbarhet i utomhusmiljöer, 28 augusti, 2019, Jönköping.
Lecusay, R., Mrak, L., Nilsson, M. (2018). Teachers Making Sense of Children’s Sense-making: Negotiating Pretense, Exploration, and Teaching in Sustainable, Multi-functional Preschool Environments.. VIII Conference on Childhood Studies: Childhood and Materiality 7–9 May 2018, Jyväskylä, Finland.
Anderstaf, S., Lecusay, R., Nilsson, M. (2017). "Sometimes we have to clash": How Swedish preschool teachers' engage with cultural value differences. 27th Annual Conference of the European Early Childhood Education Research Association, Bologna, 29th August–1 st September, 2017..
Lecusay, R., Nilsson, M., Ferholt, B. (2017). Exploratory playworlds: Reconsidering the relationship between pretend play and exploration in early childhood education. 5th International Congress of the International Societyfor Cultural-HistoricalActivity Research, Quebec, August 28th-September1st, 2017..
Nilsson, M., Ferholt, B., Lecusay, R. (2016). Professional development through participation in playworld. 26th EECERA Annual Conference, 'Happiness, Relationships, Emotion & Deep Level Learning', Dublin, Ireland, 31st August – 3rd September 2016.
Nilsson, M., Lecusay, R., Mrak, L., Ferholt, B., Alnervik, K. (2015). Toddlers and Teachers in Aesthetic Communication. European Early Childhood Education Research Conference, Barcelona, Spain, September 7-10 2015.
Nilsson, M., Lecusay, R., Ferholt, B., Alnervik, K. (2015). Preschool Didactics from Within. European Early Childhood Education Research Conference, Barcelona, Spain, September 7-10, 2015..
Cole, M., Lecusay, R., Rosero, I. (2013). Social Imaginaries about digital technologies and education in the afterschool hours: The reality is more interesting than the dream. 2013 Biennial Meeting of the Society for Psychological Anthropology, San Diego, CA, USA, April 4-7, 2013.
Barkhuus, L., Lecusay, R. (2011). Technologies and social learning in an urban after-school center. ACM annual conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Extended Abstracts.