After completing teacher training certificate, Lillemyr studied music and
education at the university (NTNU, Trondheim). Lillemyr holds the degree of
Magister Artium in Education (about equivalent to a Ph.D.).
He has taught at primary and secondary school, at the university (all
levels), and in the teacher training of early childhood education at
Queen Maud University College in Trondheim, Norway, mainly in master
programs. He was a Visiting Professor at University of Illinois in
1980/81. He is Professor of Education at QMUC.
He has written and co-authored 19 books and several research
articles, book chapters, and research reports. Primary research
interests are self-concept, motivation, curriculum development,
leadership, play, and learning.
1. Lillemyr, O.F. (2001) Play and Learning in School: A Motivational
Approach. In McInerney, D. & Van Etten,S. (Eds.) Research on
Sociocultural Influences on Motivation and Learning Greewich, CT:
Information Age Publishing Inc.
2. Lillemyr, O.F.; Fagerli, O. & Søbstad, F. (2001) A Global
Perspective on Early Childhood Care and Education.: Need of a New
Model. Monograph no. 17/2001, published by UNESCO, Paris.
3. Lillemyr, O.F. (2002) Reform 97 in Norway A new perspective on
motivation and learning? Nordic Educational Research, no. 1, 2002.
4. Lillemyr, O.F. (2003) Play in School - The Teacher’s Role In Saracho,
O.N. & Spodek,B. (Eds.) Contemporary Perspectives on Play in Early
Childhood Education. Greewich, CT: Information Age Publishing Inc.
5. Lillemyr, O.F., Søbstad, F., McInerney, D. & Valaas, H. (2004)
Learning and Self-Concept in Primary School: A Multicultural
Perspective. Article based on paper presented at the conference
Self-Concept, Motivation and Identity: Where to from Here? The 3rd
International Biennial SELF Research Conference in Berlin 4.–7. July.
Published in Conference Proceedings, ISBN 1 74108 073 8
6. Lillemyr, O.F. (2005) A Global Perspective on Early Childhood
Education: Characteristic Traits and Research in Norway. In Saracho,
O.N. & Spodek, B. (Eds.) International Perspectives on Research in
Early Childhood Education Greewich, CT: Information Age Publishing
7. Lillemyr, O.F. (2007) Social Learning through Social Motivation. In
Spodek, B. & Saracho, O.N. (Eds.) Contemporary Perspectives on
Socialization and Social Development in Early Childhood Education. In
the series Contemporary Perspectives in Early Childhood Education
Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing. ISBN 978-1-59311-633-0 eller
8. Lillemyr, O.F. (2007) Motivasjon og selvforståelse:. Hva ligger bak
det vi gjør? (Motivation and selfunderstanding: What is behind what we
are doing?) Oslo: Universitetsforlaget.
9. Lillemyr, O.F., Marder, K. Søbstad, F. & Flowerday, T. (2009)
Students’ Relatedness – A Neglected Aspect of Motivation and Learning?
Article based on paper presented at the AARE international conference in
Brisbane, Australia, 30 November – 4 December, 2008. Published in AARE
Conference Papers 2009 ISSN 1324-9339.
10. Lillemyr, O.F. (2009) Taking Play Seriously: Children and Play in
Early Childhood Education – An Exciting Challenge Charlotte, NC:
Information Age Publishing. ISBN 978-1-60752-114-3 (paperback) and ISBN
978-1-60752-115-0 (hard cover).
11. Lillemyr, O., Søbstad, S., Marder, K. & Flowerday, T. (2010)
Indigenous and non-Indigenous Primary School Students’ Attitudes on
Play, Humour, Learning and Self-Concept – A Comparative Perspective.
European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, vol. 18, (2010),
no. 2, 243-267
12. Lillemyr, O.F. (2011) Lek – opplevelse – læring, i barnehage og
skole. (Play- Experience – Learning, in Early Childhood Education and
Care) 3.ed. Oslo: Universitetsforlaget.
13. Lillemyr. O.F., Søbstad, F., Marder, K. & Flowerday, T. (2011) A
Multicultural Perspective on Play and Learning in Primary School,
International Journal of Early Childhood, vol. 43, issue 1 (2011), pp.
14. Lillemyr, O.F.; Dockett, S. & Perry, B. (2013) (Eds.) Varied
Perspectives on Play and Learning: Theory and Research on Early Years Education. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.