Young children and environmental education, multiliteracy, digital literacy, emotions, aesthetic dimensions of learning, equal learning opportunities, teacher’s perspective.
Learning gratitude in school environment. My doctoral thesis aims to exploring gratitude’s meaning and the ways it is promoted by teachers in first grade students in Finland. This is realized through the following research questions: what is the meaning of gratitude in school setting in Finland? What are the different psychological components of gratitude in school environment? What are the educational methods used by teachers to assist students understanding gratitude?
science-society interaction, societal impact of academic research, science, technology and innovation policy, public debate on science policy issues, science and technology studies
Socio-cultural theory; Muksuoppi/Kids’ Skills; Strength-based learning; Positive psychology; Early childhood education and Pre-school education; ethnography and intervention; mixed methods case study
The aim of my thesis is to find out how Muksuoppi (Kids’ Skills) relates to the development of children’s self-regulation skills in the context of daycare.
See poster presentation: The development of a child's self-regulation skills in Kids'Skills-intervention
Research themes: Morality in Iranian schools. This study investigates Iranian students’ life purposes and purpose profiles. Further moral dilemmas in Iranian schools from teachers’ and students’ point of view are studied using both qualitative and quantitative research methods.
Cultural-historical activity theory (CHAT) and its applications, especially the Change Laboratory method. I study the emergence and modelling of shared leadership in an elementary school’s teacher community. My thesis explores the collective and interpersonal structures of organizational activity, such as collective creativity, transformative agency and distributed leadership.
Early Years of Foreign/Second Language Education; Sociocultural theory; Participatory pedagogies; Learner Autonomy. My doctoral thesis aims to explore the second language education in early childhood years. Specifically, I search for the teacher-child interaction, teachers’ scaffolding children’s attempts in second language learning process and teaching practices in early second language education.
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Construction of evil in the context of education during the age of sustainability crises. In my doctoral thesis, I approach evil as a socially constructed phenomenon which is defined, resisted and transformed in the context of education. From the perspective of holistic sustainability, I interpret especially how definitions of evil are contested in interactions between multiple moral systems contributing to the moral sustainability of education.
Experiences of children's loneliness in primary and secondary school. The aim of this study is to improve understanding of children's loneliness and to make visible children's own voice and expressions of loneliness by analyzing their writings, pictures, Playback Theatre performances and interviews. Research questions: How the children perceive loneliness? Are there differences between how boys and girls and different age groups experience loneliness? How the lonely ones position themselves in relation to peers? What are the interventions methods used by teachers to prevent children's loneliness?
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The aim of her thesis is to build a positive interaction model between teachers and parents based on positive psychology and character strengths- teaching. The main focus is in improving all positive communication between teachers and parents and the tool highlighted in this study is the daily used digital platform.
Cultural-historical activity theory; collaboration between service providers and their clients; improving collaborative working between correctional and mental health services, ethnography and interventions.
CO-LAB project: Improving collaborative working between correctional and mental health services (EU HORIZON 2020, MSCA-RISE, 2016-2020)
Worldview education in Early Childhood Education. Teachers professionalism and its`s development in the current matter. Worldview and cultural diversity. My study examines the topical question of implementation of worldview education in Finnish Early Childhood Education and Care. The goal is to produce new knowledge on theoretical conceptualization for worldview education and pedagogical models of implementing WE in the ECEC. The study aims to identify the crucial cornerstones to make WE possible in diverse ECEC contexts; What are the elements required in the implementation of curriculum-based worldview education as a part of the childrens`s holistic growth and development? Methodologically the study anchors on Action Research tradition. The study will follow a group of BA students and local ECE teachers who construct the data as a part of the research process which takes place in the ongoing project called Creating Spaces for Diversity of Worldviews. In addition the study aims to investigate teachers' competences and follow their developing ability to verbalize and implement WE during the research process.
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cultural-historical activity theory; theory of expansive learning; methodology of formative interventions, agency, critical collaboration, education beyond school walls, educational management, social media, productive social movements.
My research interests include social interaction and learning, playful learning, maker education, and socio-cultural theory. My current research focuses on primary school students' emergent leadership and social processes of leadership distribution within a primary school's makerspace. I also teach in the bachelor and master programmes at the Faculty of Educational Sciences, in the University of Helsinki. I am currently the JURE coordinator of EARLI SIG 10 - Social Interaction in Learning and Instruction.
Storytelling in education, especially the possibilities of non-linear stories; computational thinking; computer science education, especially programming skills; games and gamification.
See poster presentation: Nonlinear storytelling in education
Policy instruments; policy planning; school development; institutional learning; Cultural-historical activity theory
Exploring accumulation of professional capital of teachers' community of practices: An approach of actor-network theory (08.2016-07.2017, Ministry of Science and Technology, R.O.C.)
Cultural-historical activity theory, agency, expansive learning, community and urban development, citizen participation.
Empowering People towards Socially Inclusive Society (2022-24) funded by Ministry of Education and Culture
Social services students’ life purposes – a case study from Finland.This exploratory mixed methods case study aims to find out what kind of self- and other-focused life purposes Finnish social services students identify themselves with and how service during their studies affects their life purposes and helps them to develop their professional interactional competence.
my current interests are on implementing of new technology (e.g. building information modelling) and collaborative working methods (e.g. Lean construction, knotworking) in construction industry. I use activity-theoretically oriented ethnographic and interventionist methodologies and methods in my research.
The implementation of a new project management system in a construction company. Duration: 1.2.2017 - 31.9.2017, carried out by Mittaviiva Oy.
Development of a new web-based worksite induction for construction industry. Duration: 1.8.2016 - 31.3.2018, carried out by Rateko, funded by Suomen Rakennusmedia / The Confederation of Finnish Construction Industries RT.