English publications

This list is confined to what I have written in English, but for a long while I wrote only in Icelandic and that is still true of some of my work. My full CV is in the Icelandic section.


Björk Ólafsdóttir, Jón Torfi Jónasson, and Anna Kristin Sigurðardóttir. (2022). Use and impact of external evaluation feedback in schools. Studies in Educational Evaluation (74), September 2022, 101181 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.stueduc.2022.101181

Björk ÓlafsdóttirJón Torfi JónassonAnna Kristin Sigurðardóttir , and Thor Aspelund. (2022). The mechanisms by which external school evaluation in Iceland influences internal evaluation and school professionals’ practices. Nordic journal of studies in education. Ahead print. https://doi.org/10.1080/20020317.2022.2076376 

Pascale Mompoint-Gaillard, Guðrún Ragnarsdóttir, Jón Torfi Jónasson. (2022). The key role of moderators in online communities of teachers: How presences support co-construction of knowledge in asynchronous discussions  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tate.2022.103751

Volmari, S., Sivesind, K., Jónasson, J.T. (2022). Regional Policy Spaces, Knowledge Networks, and the “Nordic Other”. In: Karseth, B., Sivesind, K., Steiner-Khamsi, G. (eds) Evidence and Expertise in Nordic Education Policy. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-91959-7_12

Magnúsdóttir, B.R., Jónasson, J.T. (2022). The Irregular Formation of State Policy Documents in the Icelandic Field of Education 2013–2017. In: Karseth, B., Sivesind, K., Steiner-Khamsi, G. (eds) Evidence and Expertise in Nordic Education Policy. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-91959-7_6

Jónasson, Jón Torfi. Re-thinking and reimagining education. Elm magazine, 18.3.2022. "Essay. The recent UNESCO report is calling us all to rethink our understanding of what education and lifelong learning mean."


Jónasson, Jón Torfi, Ragnarsdóttir, Guðrún, Bjarnadóttir, Valgerður S. (2021). The Intricacies of Educational Development in Iceland: Stability or Disruption? In J. B. Krejsler & Moos, L. (Eds.), What Works in Nordic School Policies? Mapping Approaches to Evidence, Social Technologies and Transnational Influences, (pp 67-86). Cham (CH): Springer (see: https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783030666286   https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-66629-3_4

Jónasson, Jón Torfi, Bjarnadóttir, Valgerður S., & Ragnarsdóttir, Guðrún. (2021). Evidence and Accountability in Icelandic Education – An Historical Perspective? In J. B. Krejsler & Moos, L. (Eds.), What Works in Nordic School Policies? Mapping Approaches to Evidence, Social Technologies and Transnational Influences (pp 173-194). Cham (CH): Springer (see: https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783030666286   https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-66629-3_9


Ragnarsdóttir, Guðrún, & Jónasson, Jón Torfi;  The Impact of the University on Upper Secondary Education through Academic Subjects According to School Leaders’ Perceptions. In Lejf Moos, Elisabet Nihlfors, Jan Merok Paulsen (Eds.), Re-centering the Critical Potential of Nordic School Leadership Research, Fundamental, but often forgotten perspectives, pp 191-207. Springer book series

Ragnarsdóttir, Guðrún, Jóhannesson, Ingólfur Ásgeir, Jónasson, Jón Torfi &
Halldórsdóttir, Brynja E. (2020). Evidence-based publications on upper
secondary education in Iceland, 2003–2012. Icelandic Review of Politics and Administration Vol. 16, Issue 1 (43-64). http://www.irpa.is/article/view/a.2020.16.1.3/pdf doi.org/10.13177/irpa.a.2020.16.1.3   

Jónasson, Jón Torfi. (2020). Etterord. [Epilouge - postscript to the study written in English, while the chapters in the book are written in Norwegian.]. In Oldervik, Heidun; Saur, Ellen; Ulleberg, Hans Petter (Eds.), Et mangfold av kvaliteter i videregående utdanning,  pp 207-222.Universitetsforlaget.  ISBN 978-82-15-03184-2. 


Blöndal, Kristjana Stella; Jónasson, Jón Torfi and Hafthórsson, Atli. (2019). Student Disengagement in Inclusive Icelandic Education: A question of School Effect in Reykjavík. In Demanet, Jannick & Van Houtte, Mieke (Eds.), Resisting Education: A Cross-National Study on Systems and School Effects, pp 117-133. Springer. https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783030042264#aboutBook


Lundahl, Lisbeth; Arnesen; Anne-Lise  & Jónasson, Jón Torfi. (2018). Justice and marketization of education in three Nordic countries: can existing large-scale datasets support comparisons? Nordic Journal of Studies in Educational Policy Volume 4, 2018 - Issue 3: Comparative perspectives on Nordic education policy. Pages 120-132 Published online: 11 Dec 2018 https://doi.org/10.1080/20020317.2018.1542908

Isopahkala-Bouret, Ulpukka ; Börjesson, Mikael ; Beach, Dennis ; Haltia, Nina ; Jónasson, Jón Torfi ; Jauhiainen, Annukka ; Jauhiainen, Arto ; Kosunen, Sonja ; Nori, Hanna ; Vabø, Agnete. (2018). Access and stratification in Nordic higher education. A review of cross-cutting research themes and issues. Education Inquiry, 02 January 2018, Vol.9(1), p.142-154

Jón Torfi Jónasson. (2018). Forward to Kent den Heyer. Next Acts: Educational Impasse, Events and a One-Legged Magpie. A Resource to Support Curriculum Inquiry and Educational Development. ATA

Jón Torfi Jónasson. (2018).  Are we circling the drain of global competencies or will we realize the meaning of "public" in public education?   Twin Peaks—Exploring the Boundaries of Public Education, 37-40. ATA


Anna Ólafsdóttir and Jón Torfi Jónasson (2017). Quality Assurance in a Small HE System. Is the Icelandic System in Some Ways Special? In S. Georgios, K.M. Joshi and S. Paivandi (eds), Quality Assurance in Higher Education, Chapter 11, (pp. 203-226). © Studera Press 2017 Iceland Quality assurance in HE 2017


Jón Torfi Jónasson. (2016). Educational change, inertia and potential futures. Why is it difficult to change the content of education? European Journal of Futures Research,  4: 7  doi:10.1007/s40309-016-0087-z JTJ Published version

Jón Torfi Jónasson. (2016). Connecting the Past, Present and the Future: A Story about the Travel of Education through Time. In Peter J. Mitchell and Marie McNaughton (Eds.), Storyline. A Creative Approach to Learning and Teaching. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Lady Stephenson Library, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.  http://www.cambridgescholars.com/storyline   JTJ Story line book chapter

Jón Torfi Jónasson og Gunnhildur  Óskarsdóttir. (2016). Iceland: Educational structure and development. In T. Sprague (Ed.), Education in non-EU countries in Western and Southern Europe, pp. 11-36. Series: Education Around the World. London: Bloomsbury. ePub: 978-1-4725-9250-7  Book chapter JTJ-GÓ


Gunnhildur Óskarsdóttir og Jón Torfi Jónasson. (2015). Quiet pupils can be effective learners. Nordic Studies in Science Education, 11(3), 238-248.https://www.journals.uio.no/index.php/nordina/article/view/968


Gyða Jóhannsdóttir og Jón Torfi Jónasson. (2014). External and internal influences on the development of Icelandic higher education. Nordic Studies in Education, 34, 153-171. Johannsdottir Jonasson Nordic Studies 2014


Gyða Jóhannsdóttir og Jón Torfi Jónasson. (2013). The Development Dynamics of a Small Higher Education System Iceland: a case in point. Netla – Online Journal on Pedagogy and Education. University of Iceland – School of Education. http://netla.hi.is/introduction-in-english



Jónasson, Jón Torfi & Blöndal, Kristjana Stella. (2011). The development in Icelandic education: the situation in 2011 in the perspective of a century. In Piotr Mikiewicz (Ed.), Social capital and education. Comparative research between Poland and Iceland (pp. 52-95). Wrocław: University of Lower Silesia.

Mikiewicz, Piotr & Jónasson, Jón Torfi. (2011). Is social capital policy through education possible? In Piotr Mikiewicz (Ed.), Social capital and education. Comparative research between Poland and Iceland (pp. 153-159). Wrocław: University of Lower Silesia.

Gyða Jóhannsdóttir and Jón Torfi Jónasson. (2011). What Characterises the Public-Private Distinction in HE in a Nordic Perspective? Comparison of the Essential Features of Private Universities in Denmark, Iceland and Norway. Í Teixeira, Pedro, & Dill, David, D. (Ritstj.), Public Vices, Private Virtues? (bls. 67 – 89). Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.

Kristjana Stella Blöndal, Jón Torfi Jónasson, og Anne-Christine Tannhäuser (2011). Dropout in a Small Society: Is the Icelandic Case Somehow Different? Í S. Lamb, E. Markussen, R. Teese, N. Sandberg and J. Polesel (ritstj.) School Dropout and Completion. International Comparative Studies in Theory and Policy, bls. 233-251. London: Springer.


Kristjana Stella Blöndal og Jón Torfi Jónasson (2010). Frafall i skolen og tiltak mot frafall på Island: Ulike perspektiver (Norwegian). In E. Markussen (ritstj.)  Frafall i utdanning for 16-20 åringer i Norden  bls. 91-121. København Nordisk ministerråd. TemaNord 2010:517.

2009Inventing Tomorrow´s University - Who is to Take the Lead?


Jón Torfi Jónasson. (2008). Inventing tomorrow’s university. Who is to take the lead? Bologna: The Magna Charta Observatory.


Kristjana Stella Blöndal and Jón Torfi Jónasson (2008). Education of 15-20 year olds, with special reference to those who drop out of school. In Carlemo Majorana (Ed.) The future of learning and teaching (pp. 195-217). Venice: Formazione & Insegnamento.

Jón Torfi Jónasson (2007). Increasing Employment of Older Workers through Lifelong Learning. EU Peer Review, 10.-11. desember 2007. Sjá heimasíðu.

Jón Torfi Jónasson (2006). Frá gæslu til skóla. Um þróun leikskóla á Íslandi. Reykjavík: Rannsóknarstofa um menntakerfi. Félagsvísindastofnun Háskóla Íslands.
Can credentialism help to predict the convergence of institutions and systems of higher education? CHER 19th Annual Conference Systems Convergence and Institutional Diversity? Centre for Research on Higher Education and Work, University of Kassel, Germany. September 7th-9th 2006. Paper


Jón Torfi Jónasson. (2005). We know about them, but how do we deal with them? On the weaknesses inherent in the development of the idea of the university. Counterpoint from an educationist. Managing University Autonomy. University autonomy and the institutional balancing of teaching and research. Proceedings of the Seminar of the Magna Charta Observatory 15 September 2005. Pp. 179-197. Bologna: Boonina University Press.

Jón Torfi Jónasson og Kristjana Stella Blöndal. (2005). Early school leavers and the dropout issue in Europe. Í Margrét Jóhannsdóttir (Ritstj.), Back on Track (bls. 6-9). Reykjavík: The Icelandic Leonardo da Vinci National Agency.

Cathy Lewin, Fernand Mesdom, Jón Torfi Jónasson, Andrea Gerður Dofradóttir, Candido de Freitas, Donatella Nucci, Andrew Moore, Peter Scrimshaw, David Wood, Harpa Hreinsdóttir, Roger Blamire, Anne Gilleran (2004). ValNet Consolidated Report. Brusseles: EUN.

Jón Torfi Jónasson. (2004). Higher education reforms in Iceland at the transition into the twenty-first century. Í Ingemar Fägerlind og Görel Strömqvist (Ritstj.), Reforming Higher Education in the Nordic Countries. Studies of change in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden (bls. 137-188). Paris: International Institute for Educational Planning.

Jón Torfi Jónasson. (2004). What determines the expansion of higher education? Credentialism, academic drift, and the growth of education. Í Ingjaldur Hannibalsson (Ritstj.), Rannsóknir í félagsvísindum V. Viðskipta og hagfræðideild. Erindi flutt á ráð stefnu í október 2004 (bls. 275-290). Reykjavík: Félagsvísindastofnun Háskóla Íslands, Háskólaútgáfan.

Jón Torfi Jónasson. (2004, June 28th). Does national policy govern the expansion of higher education? CESE, Comparative Education Society in Europe. The Danish University of Education, Copenhagen. [Handrit.]

Jón Torfi Jónasson and Andrea Gerður Dofradóttir. (May 2004). A European Schoolnet project. ValNet. Validation of the ITALES project. May 2004. Centre for the Development of Education. Social Science Research Institute. University of Iceland Jón Torfi Jónasson. (2004). [Skýrsla].

Jón Torfi Jónasson. (2004). Why does the higher education sector expand in the way it does? Credentialism, academic drift, and the growth of education, Society for Research in Higher Education (SRHE), Bristol. [Handrit.]

Jón Torfi Jónasson. (2003). Does the state expand schooling? A study based on five Nordic countries. Comparative Education Review, 47(2), 160-183. CER 2003 JTJ


Jón Torfi Jónasson og Kristjana Stella Blöndal. (2002). Ungt fólk og framhaldsskólinn. Rannsókn á náms gengi og afstöðu '75 árgangsins til náms. {Young people and secondary education. An investigation into the academic achievement and attitude towards school of the cohort born in 1975.}. Reykjavík: Félagsvísindastofnun og Háskólaútgáfan.

Jón Torfi Jónasson. (2002). Comparison of educational systems and student flow in Denmark, Iceland and Sweden. [Written in Icelandic. A part of a report commissioned by the Icelandic ministry of education as a part of the decision process to shorten the normal time spent in compulsory and secondary education.]. Reykjavík: The University of Iceland Social Science Research Institute and the Research Institute at the Iceland University of Education.

Jón Torfi Jónasson. (2002a). Den kritiske overgangen. Fræðileg álitsgerð um eðli og vanda brottfalls úr skólakerfinu unnin fyrir vinnuhóp á vegum norrænu ráðherranefndarinnar. [Handrit.]

Jón Torfi Jónasson. (2002b). Policy and reality in educational development: an analysis based on examples from Iceland. Journal of Education Policy. 17(6), 659-671.

Jón Torfi Jónasson, og Albert Tuijnman. (2001a). The Nordic model of adult education: Issues for discussion. Í A. Tuijnman & Z. Hellström (Ritstj.), Curious Minds. Nordic adult education compared (bls. 116-128). Copenhagen: TemaNord & Nordic Council of Ministers.

Jón Torfi Jónasson og Albert Tuijnman. (2001b). Nordic Adult Education Compared: Findings and Interpretation. Golden Riches. Nordic Adult Learning, 2, 6-11.


Jón Torfi Jónasson. (2000). Þróun háskólastigs á Íslandi. Í Friðrik H. Jónsson (ritstj.), Rannsóknir í félagsvísindum III (bls. 147-169). Reykjavík: Félagsvísindastofnun HÍ, Hagfræðistofnun HÍ, Háskólaútgáfan.

Jón Torfi Jónasson. (1999a). Education, self-esteem and entrepreneurialship. Developing Self-esteem and Entrepreneurialship. A Leonardo da Vinci Monitoring Seminar held in Reykjavík 26-29 February 1999. Reykjavík: The Icelandic Leonardo da Vinci Co-ordinating Unit.

Jón Torfi Jónasson. (1999b). Traditional University Responds to Society? LLine, 4, 235-243.

Jón Torfi Jónasson. (1999c). The Predictability of Educational Expansion: Examples from Secondary and Higher Education. Í I. Fägerlind, I. Holmesland, & G. Strömqvist (ritstj.), Higher Education at the Crossroads. Tradition or Transformation? (bls. 113-131). Stockholm: Institute of International Education. Stockholm University.


Jón Torfi Jónasson. (1998c). The Foes of Icelandic Vocational Education at the Upper Secondary Level. Í Arild Tjeldvoll (ritstj.), Education and the Scandinavian Welfare State in the Year 2000 (bls. 267-304). New York: Garland Publishing. The Foes of Icelandic Vocationall Education

Jón Torfi Jónasson. (1997a). Students Passing the Icelandic University Entrance Examination (UEE) 1911-94. European Journal of Education, 32, (2) 209-220  JTJ 1997 Students Passing the Icelandi University Entrance Examination (UEE) 1911 -94


Jón Torfi Jónasson. (1992e). Some important components in reading? A variant of component skills analysis. [MS]


Jón Torfi Jónasson. (1980). What's in a word? Óbirt doktorsritgerð:Háskólinn í Reading.

Coltheart, M., Besner, D., Jonasson, J.T. and Davelaar, E. (1979). Phonological recoding in the lexical decision task. Quarterly Journal of Psychology, 31, 489-508.

Davelaar, E., Coltheart, M., Besner, D. and Jonasson, J.T. (1978). Phonological recoding and lexical access. Memory and Cognition, 6, 391-402.

Coltheart, M., Davelaar, E., Jonasson, J.T. and Besner, D. (1977). Access to the mental lexicon. Í Dornic, S. (Ritstj.), Attention and Performance, VI (bls. 535-555). Hillsdale, N.J.: Erlbaum.