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Department of Teacher Education
PO Box 9 (Siltavuorenpenger 5)
FI-00014 University of Helsinki

Home Economics and Home Economics teacher education,
Craft Science and Textiles teacher education

PO Box 8 (Siltavuorenpenger 10)
FI-00014 University of Helsinki

Special education
PO Box 9 (Siltavuorenpenger 3 A)
FI-00014 University of Helsinki

Centre for Educational Assessment
PO Box 9 (Siltavuorenpenger 3 A)
FI-00014 University of Helsinki

tel. +358 294 1911 (switchboard)
fax +358 2941 29611


Research in Craft Studies

Research in Craft Studies includes a wide range of areas of craft, such as designers and makers of craft products, designing and making processes and product development, and the machines, tools and materials used in crafts.

Craft Studies is a multidisciplinary field of research. A research object can be approached from a psychological, physiological, social, cultural, economical or technological point of view.
Craft studies analyses the creative and productive activities of human beings.

Craft Education investigates teaching and learning crafts as well as educational systems. The research focuses on teaching and learning skills, interaction and collaboration in craft.

Research themes are
• designing and making craft products,
• virtual collaborative designing,
• craft as a cultural activity,
• the future of craft,
• craft skills and knowledge,
• the teaching and learning of crafts.

The research group is directed by Professor Pirita Seitamaa-Hakkarainen and Professor Erja Syrjäläinen.

Research group's website In Finnish.