Information about reasearchers
Sociology of higher education (gender, disability, influence of students’ parental background and other social origin variables on access, equity and success in higher education, immigrants and other minority groups), higher education financing, student support services.
Name and link to Current projects:
1. Socio-economic Status and Access to Higher Education: A Cross-cultural Approach to Understanding the Experiences of Immigrants in Finnish Higher Education.
I am a doctoral student conducting research in the fields of sociology and university pedagogy. The focus of my dissertation is the importance of supervision and social support for doctoral students within the academic learning environment and researcher communities. My special interest lies within international comparison. My research interests also include the conception of the Nordic countries as a model and an identity.
I am conducting research in two research projects. The first project is a comparative JustEd project (http://www.justed.org) with the aim to investigate young peoples’ views on their Nordic identity. The Nordic project is carried out by using photography and photo-elicitation interviews as research methods.
I am also involved in the research project ”From PhD. Student to Academic expert” (https://researchondoctoraleducation.wordpress.com/research-group/). The primary areas of interest are early career researchers’ learning, well-being, supervision and researcher communities.
Siltavuorenpenger 5 A, 00014 Univeristy of Helsinki Gsm: +358 50 373 3934 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
My ethnographic dissertation focuses on the manifestation of language policy in the physical and social spaces of schools in Finland and Sweden. My research interests cover sociology of language and critical language policy studies, ethnography, visual methods, and theorisation of space in social sciences and human geography.
Nordic Centre of Excellence (NCoE) Justice in Education (JustEd)
My primary research areas are within the domains of sustainability education and relational pedagogy in early childhood education and care (ECEC). In my current research I explore how sustainability is understood and implemented in educational contexts, and how relational professionalism is developed and supported among educators.
Communication and Relation in Arts and Aesthetics (KORESKA)
Relational Professionalism in Teachers (PRP
Sustainability in Early Childhood Education and Care (SEC) (together with university lecturer Lili-Ann Wolff)
Storytelling as a tool for sustainability education in ECEC
ENJOY: Preschool teachers’ work environment, emotional labor, and the role of professional supervision for work engagement. (together with university lecturer Nina Santavirta, university lecturer Marina Lundkvist, and post doc researcher Cecilia Heilala)
emotional labor and work engagement, mental health, early childhood education, separation, evacuation, trauma, aging
ENJOY: Preschool teachers’ work environment, emotional labor, and the role of professional supervision for work engagement.
In my PhD-project, I study policies and practices that aim to promote the education of Roma and Travellers in Finland, Sweden, and Norway. The study draws on poststructural feminist theories and critical theories on race and whiteness. I have also worked with developing teacher education from a gender perspective as well as studied marginalisation and special education.
diversity and social justice in education; ethnicity, race, gender, and social class issues in education; marginalisation; photography as a research method.
Nordic Centre of Excellence in Education ‘Justice through Education’ www.JustEd.org;
PeCMaBe - Perceptions and constructions of marginalization and belonging in education: negotiating possibilities for actions and change between pupils and staff?
My PhD thesis investigates discourses on multiculturalism and multicultural education in Finnish teacher education, as well as practices of multicultural education in schools. The aim is to analyse how these discourses and practices of multicultural education in Finland relate to promotion of social justice. Other research interests are norm critical education and antiracism education.
Construction of normality in schools and in education. My doctoral thesis concerns how normality is constructed in school and how it is connected to marginalization. I also consider themes of racialization and bullying as part of constructions of normality.
Research interests are Aesthetic Approaches and Contemporary Art-led methods in Education, Multimodal Literacy and Rhizomatic Aspects of Art Practices in Educational Settings. Research-based Development of Digital Learning Spaces, Cross Curriculum Teaching Practices and Teacher Identity Construction. Research methods of interest are Visual Ethnography, Hermeneutics, Critical approaches and Artography.
Her research interests include themes of educational choice, reproduction and distinction in the frame of urban education. Kosunen has recently studied school choice and urban segregation, politics of comprehensive education, and inequalities in access to higher education through international comparisons.
Interested in questions concerning democracy, children’s participation, value education, social justice, children’s rights in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Educational settings as kindergartens and preschools. Interested also in educational leadership in ECEC.
In my dissertation (2016), titled:” What is meant by being democratic? – Dimensions of democracy in the meeting between children and educators”, I investigated what dimensions of different forms of democratic approaches are made visible in the meetings between young children aged 1–5 and educators. The purpose of the study was to examine the dimensions of democracy as it emerges in the meeting between young children and educators, more specifically on the basis of participation, equality, reciprocity and respect as direct learning objects. The study is written within an educational context but works at the intersection of other scientific disciplines such as philosophy and sociology. I’ll continue with different topics of research related to my dissertation.
Explorative inquiries: Analytical Tools for Reflecting on Oneself, Others and the World in Kindergarten.
Research project together with docent Camilla Kronqvist (PI) and senior lecturer Birgit Schaffar-Kronqvist
ENJOY: Preschool teachers’ work environment, emotional labor, and the role of professional supervision for work engagement.
Research project together with professor Nina Santavirta, post doc researcher Cecilia Heilala and senior lecturer Ann-Christin Furu
Research ethics and integrity, teaching/learning research ethics/integrity, values education, supervision, academic writing, plagiarism, teacher education, teacher beliefs, teacher identity, teaching and learning in higher education.
Horizon 2020 –funded project ENERI - European Network for Research Ethics and Research Integrity (2016-2019). University of Helsinki is leader of the training work package.
Horizon 2020 –funded project VIRT²UE – Virtue based ethics and Integrity of Research: Train the Trainer program for Upholding the principles of the European code of conduct (2018-2021). University of Helsinki is a partner.
Erasmus + Strategic Partnership in Higher Education –project “Researcher Identity Development”, (2017-2020)
Broad and diverse research interests, with research articles in the fields of Multicultural education, Philosophy of education, Early childhood education, Art education and alternative educational movements, especially Waldorf education (which was the topic in the PhD). Teaching mainly in the program of Early Childhood Education, with a growing research interest in this particular field.
I am interested in social science teaching and values in education. My PhD thesis concerns how Westerners and the concept of West are constructed in school textbooks in history, social studies, and geography. A current research interest is developing the concept of critical thinking in education as well as furthering its applied use in schools.
PI in a project investigating the long-term effects of evacuating Finnish children to Sweden for temporary foster care during WW II. We analyse the effects of early childhood social environment and upbringing (nurture effects) on later life outcomes such as educational attainment, risky behaviour, mental and physical health, and mortality, exploiting the intervention into children’s early life family environment and quasi-random assignment of foster families.
My research concerns philosophical and ethical questions in education. I have written about the educational relationship, the role of higher and vocational education, the didactics of philosophy, and about methodological and basic conceptual questions in education. In my research, I have made use of and often return to the notion of Bildung, the Continental and Existential traditions of education, and Wittgenstein’s later philosophy. Currently, one of my main interests lies in the question of what it is to think, and whether or not thinking can be taught.
Explorative inquiries: Analytical Tools for Reflecting on Oneself, Others and the World in Kindergarten
Research project together with docent Camilla Kronqvist (PI) and senior lecturer Marina Lundkvist
My research concerns learning and language development in multilingual settings in school- and everyday life of children and youth. Other interests include: language across the curriculum, digital literacy practices and other text practices related both to mother tongue education (L1) and other subjects. Methodologically I mostly do video ethnography and I often link my research to development projects in collaboration with schools or spare time activity providers.
UPS- HIFK. Research and developmental project about multilingual language use and awareness in junior sport. PI.
Documentation, analyses and models for, and experiences of, multilingual models in spare time youth project related to the special programme “Young in Swedish”, Senior researcher.
Multimodal literacy practices in L1 – a Nordic perspective. Teaching and learning of multimodal literacy practices. http://www.sdu.dk/en/Om_SDU/Institutter_centre/Ikv/Forskning/Forskningsp... Senior researcher
My research interests address affect, engagement, and the social and contextual aspects of learning in mathematics education. I am currently active in the following research projects:
The Social Essentials of Learning - project aims to identify and explain the social essentials of learning;
MathTrack uses mobile gaze tracking to study attention and emotion in collaborative mathematical problem solving;
Autonomous assessment in mathematics learning, wherein modern technology-based teaching is administered and adaptive assessment practices developed.
Autonomous assessment in mathematics learning
Her research interests lie in development and individual learning capabilities of children, youth and adults presenting both typical development and special needs. Aside from doing highly multidisciplinary research on learning she has studied different pedagogical methods including ideologies of inclusion in the following projects:
Children’s Development and Learning: Developmental Progression, Executive Functioning, and the Role of Learning Environments.
Research-based interventions and children with typical development or learning disabilities: Background factors and comorbidity
Multidisciplinary Special Music Education: Cognitive Processing in Developmental Disabilities & Inclusion, Equality and Interaction
Interactional linguistics, Language learning in immersion, Finnish as a second language, Child language learning, Multimodal resources in interaction, Understanding and understanding problems.
Art as work and a working tool www.urbduuni.fi
Återkoppling i handledningssamtal i Sverige och i Finland
Repair practices and understanding in interaction
Grammatiken växer fram
My pedagogical and research interests include the implementation of digital literacy in language teaching and learning, teacher reflection and teacher education in today’s increasingly linguistically and culturally diverse society.
Multidisciplinary education, sustainability education, environmental education, science education, outdoor education, nature aesthetics, philosophy of education (e.g. ethics of sustainability), Bildung, educational history of ideas, social innovations, sustainable leadership, teacher education, educational policy, digital competence
Nature and Sustainability as Educational Challenges (NaSEC)
Sustainability in Early Childhood (SEC)
My research focuses on diversity, identity, and minorities in education. My principal research interests include intercultural and multilingual education as well as questions on identity and inclusion in worldview education.
MINTED - Multilingual and intercultural education in Sweden and Finland