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STEP Research

STEP is a subject teacher education programme where students from diverse educational, cultural and linguistic backgrounds study together in mixed Arts and Science groups. Therefore continuous research is carried out within the programme for its development. The goal of STEP is a coherent, intercultural, and interdisciplinary subject teacher education programme that relies on the strengths of Finnish teacher education while taking into account the multicultural student body and the demands of today's school.

Today's teacher needs to have the knowledge and tools to be a creative and supportive innovator of active learning and teaching in order to engage students in cross-curricular activities and projects that are tied to real-life contexts. Schools have also become increasingly multicultural in the last two decades. Besides the multicultural student group, one of STEP’s unique features includes studying didactics in interdisciplinary Arts and Science groups instead of subject-specific groups, and this requires much coordination and collaboration between different teacher educators. STEP offers an environment where cooperation and interaction between students and teachers of different disciplines are strengthened and encouraged. Future teachers of both humanities and science subjects have an opportunity to search for common interests and create learning environments across different subjects.

Kaisa Hahl has been involved in STEP since its planning stages in 2009 and has since the pilot courses gathered data in the programme and conducted research. Kaisa’s research activities have focused on teachers’ and students' perceptions and experiences of accommodating to English as a lingua franca, and teaching and studying in a multicultural group. Data are collected annually through various methods, for example online questionnaires, interviews, and learning diaries. STEP students’ feedback provides valuable information on the new programme and also directs improvement efforts.

Articles related to STEP research that Kaisa Hahl has co-authored:

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Hahl, K. (2016). Co-constructing meaning and context in international teacher education. Journal of English as a Lingua Franca 5(1), 83–105. DOI 10.1515/jelf-2016-0004 http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/jelf.2016.5.issue-1/jelf-2016-0004/jelf-2016-0004.xml

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Hahl, K. & Löfström, E. (2016). Conceptualizing interculturality in multicultural teacher education. Journal of Multicultural Discourses. DOI: 10.1080/17447143.2015.1134544 http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17447143.2015.1134544?journalCode=rmmd20

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Hahl, K. & Paavola, H. (2015). “To Get a Foot in the Door”: New Host Country Educated Immigrant Teachers’ Perceptions of Their Employability in Finland. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 40(3), 35–51. DOI: 10.14221/ajte.2014v40n3.3
http://ro.ecu.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2594&context=ajte

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Hahl, K., Järvinen H-M, & Juuti, K. (2014). Accommodating to English-medium instruction in teacher education in Finland. International Journal of Applied Linguistics. DOI: 10.1111/ijal.12093
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ijal.12093/abstract

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Dervin, F & Hahl, K. (2015). Developing a Portfolio of Intercultural Competences in Teacher Education: The Case of a Finnish International Programme. Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 59(1), 95–109. DOI: 10.1080/00313831.2014.904413
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00313831.2014.904413#.VI6W32PIaNi

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Dervin, F., Paatela-Nieminen, M., Kuoppala, K., Riitaoja, A.-L. (2012). Multicultural Education in Finland – Renewed Intercultural Competences to the Rescue? International Journal of Multicultural Education, 14(3), 1–13.
http://ijme-journal.org/index.php/ijme/article/view/564

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The results of a small-scale study conducted during the STEP pilots, Finnish Student Teachers’ Perceptions of Intercultural Learning in Subject Teacher Education in English, were presented in the meeting of SIG10 and SIG21 Moving through cultures of learning that took place in Utrecht, Netherlands on 2–3 September 2010.

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To view Kaisa Hahl’s full academic profile, see:
https://tuhat.halvi.helsinki.fi/portal/en/persons/kaisa-hahl%28695c2895-c4d5-4810-9aea-417509df20c7%29.html
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