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Tony Burner


Fakultet for humaniora, idretts- og utdanningsvitenskap
Institutt for språk og litteratur
Campus Drammen (5609)
My main research interests are English education, classroom assessment, R&D work (including formative interventions), and teacher mentoring. I wrote my PhD dissertation on formative assessment of writing in English. I have published scholarly articles about student-centered learning, writing assessment, portfolio assessment, peer assessment, classroom management and diversity/multilingualism, in addition to writing book chapters about formative assessment in foreign languages, classroom observation techniques, and teacher mentoring in the context of English language teaching. Currently, I work as a Professor of English at the University College of Southeast Norway.


  • Head of the research team PASIE (2016-to date)
  • Head of the research team Kompetanse for mangfold (2015-to date)
  • Course leader: English 1 and English 2, Teacher Education, campus Drammen (2007-2013, 2017-to date)
  • Course leader: English 2 professional development program (2015-2017)
  • Course leader: English as an International Language, ITEPS (2015-2016)
  • Course leader: English Education, PGCE (PPU) (2007-2011)


Areas of interest:
English education, theories of learning, curriculum studies, assessment, second language acquisition, diversity, multilingualism, Cultural-Historical Activity Theory, interventionist research, research methods (quantitative, qualitative, mixed), school development, teacher professional development
English and English education
Subject areas:
English, Norwegian as a second language, History



Work experience:

  • 2017-         : Professor, HSN
  • 2015-2017: Associate Professor, HSN
  • 2013-2014: Visiting Scholar, QUT, Brisbane, Australia, w/Professor Val Klenowski
  • 2011-2015: PhD Candidate, HBV/NTNU
  • 2008-2012: Assistant Professor II, HiT (online teaching)
  • 2007-2011: Assistant Professor, HiBu
  • 2007-2010: English teacher at various high schools 
  • 2006-2007: Teacher at Bjertnes senior high school (Norwegian, Social Science and English)
  • 2004-2005: Teacher at Nordberg junior high school (Social Science and English)
  • 2003-2005: Teacher at Rosenhof and Folkeuniversitetet Adult Education (Norwegian as a Second Language)
  • 2003: Teacher at Sogn senior high school (English in vocational programs)

Professional tasks and memberships:

  • trade union representative and member of the local trade union board at HSN, campus Drammen (2011-to date)
  • member of the editorial board, Tidsskriftet FoU i praksis (2017-to date)
  • member of the program committee, CIES Language Issues SIG (2016-2019)
  • guest editor of special issue on diversity, Nordic Journal of Comparative and International Education (2017-2018)
  • member of the Equality and Social Inclusion Board at HiBu (2011-2013)
  • organizer and trainer for Council of Europe's Pestalozzi program
  • consultant for textbooks and national exams in junior high school
  • co-author of Global Visions, textbook for International English in senior high school 
  • reviewer for nine scientific journals, among others Language Teaching and Educational Action Research
  • guest speaker for the Directorate of Education and Training, kindergartens and high schools on topics such as school development, English language teaching in Norway, multilingualism, assessment etc. 
  • supervisor for MA Pål Helland (2014), MA Gro Synnøve Bergsland and Kjersti Nerhus Larsen (2017), MA students Nora Elisabeth Ødegård, Eli Wium and Anne Grønsleth (submitting fall 2017), PhD candidates Sissil Lea Heggernes (submitting in 2020) and Selma Dzemidzic Kristiansen (submitting in 2021)


  • 2017-          : Implementing formative assessment through digital portfolios, w/HVL, funded by Norgesuniversitetet
  • 2015-          : Kompetanse for mangfold Buskerud, Telemark and Vestfold
  • 2016-2017 : Ungdomstrinn i utvikling, Buskerud
  • 2011-2015 : Formative assessment of writing in English (PhD)
  • 2009-2011 : Veiledning for nyutdannede lærere
  • 2008-2011 : Utvikling av samarbeidsformer mellom universitets- og høyskolesektoren og skole- og barnehageeier (project leader 2009-2011)
  • 2007-2010: ITEPS (International Teacher Education for Primary Schools)
  • 2004-2005: The teaching and learning of English grammar (MA)

Popular press and interviews:


Recent publications:

Burner, T., Madsen, J., Zako, N., & Ismail, A. (2017). Three secondary school teachers implementing student-centered learning in Iraqi Kurdistan. Educational Action Research, 25(3), 402-419.

Burner, T., & Carlsen, C. (2017). English instruction in introductory classes in Norway. In Kverndokken, K., Askeland, N., & Siljan, H. H. Quality and creativity in the classroom - Different perspectives on teaching [Kvalitet og kreativitet i klasserommet - Ulike perspektiver på undervisning], pp. 193-208. Bergen: Fagbokforlaget.

Burner, T. (2016). Ethical dimensions when intervening in classroom research. Problems of Education in the 21st Century, 73, 18-26.

Burner, T., & Biseth, H. (2016). A critical analysis of an innovative approach: A case of diversity in Norwegian education. SAGE Open. Special issue on student diversity, 1-11.


For a complete list of publications, see Cristin