Doctoral Student 

Research themes: 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?

Contact information:

Email: leonardo.cedilloberber@helsinki.fi

M.Soc.Sci., Doctoral Student

Research themes: science-society interaction, societal impact of academic research, science, technology and innovation policy, public debate on science policy issues, science and technology studies

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Email: terhi.esko@helsinki.fi

Doctoral Student 

Research themes:

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

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merja.hautakangas@helsinki.fi

Doctoral Student 

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.  

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Email: nasibeh.hedayati@helsinki.fi

 

Doctoral student, MA (Educ.)

Research themes: Students's emergent leadership in a novel, digitally enhanced learning environment. The aim of my dissertation study is to depict ways in which leadership emerges in a novel school-based makerspace and analyze the ways in which socially constructed leadership mediates students’ collaboration and learning opportunities. In addition, the study aims to investigate how teachers can support productive leadership among students during their collaborative making and design activity.

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Current projects:

Learning by Making: The educational potential of school-based makerspaces for young learners’ digital competencies (iMake)

See poster presentation: Children's leadership and forms of collaboration in a novel learning environment

Contact information:

Email: jasmiina.korhonen@helsinki.fi

Doctoral Student

Research themes: Early Childhood Language Education, Second/Foreign Language Education, Learner Autonomy, Positive Psychology, Psychology of Language Learning, Self concept in SLA, multilingualism. My doctoral thesis which is a mixed method study aims at finding the effective ways of second language teaching and the pedagogies used in early childhood second language education in Finnish context.

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Email: selma.koyuncu@helsinki.fi

Doctoral Student

Research themes: 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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Email: tuulikki.kurtelius@helsinki.fi

Doctoral Student

Research themes: 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.

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Email: anne-mari.kuusimaki@helsinki.fi

Doctoral Student, MA 

Research Themes: Mindfulness, emotional intelligence, wellbeing, self- management, learning atmosphere and socioemotional skills.

Current Projects:

Mindful Education, Cultivating Well-Being in Students, Teachers and Principals (2015-)

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Email: hanne.laasala@gmail.com

Mobile: +358505417034

 

Doctoral Student

Research themes: Cultural-historical activity theory; collaboration between service providers and their clients; improving collaborative working between correctional and mental health services, ethnography and interventions.

Current projects:

CO-LAB project: Improving collaborative working between correctional and mental health services (EU HORIZON 2020, MSCA-RISE, 2016-2020)

Recent projects:

  • Concept Formation and Volition in Collaborative Work -project funded by Academy of Finland
  • Implementation Conditions of Integration Innovations in Health Care: Organizational Volition and the Voice of the Client funded by TEKES (Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation) 

Contact information: 

Email: paivikki.lahtinen@helsinki.fi

PhD Candidate

Reseach themes: 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.

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Recent projects:

  • Concept Formation and Volition in Collaborative Work-project. Funded by the Academy of Finland.

Contact information:

Email: monica.lemos@helsinki.fi

Skype: monicaflemos

TEL: +31626865889

Doctoral Student, M.Sc. (Tech.)

Research themes: Storytelling in education, especially the possibilities of non-linear stories; computational thinking; computer science education, especially programming skills; games and gamification.

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Digiosaajaksi työelämään

Contact information:

Email: mika.letonsaari@helsinki.fi

Doctoral Student, MA (Educ.)

Research themes: Policy instruments; policy planning; school development; institutional learning; Cultural-historical activity theory

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Current projects: 

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.)

Contact information:

Email: hongda.lin@helsinki.fi

Doctoral Student, M.Ed. in Adult Education

Research themes: Cultural-historical activity theory, agency, expansive learning, community and urban development, citizen participation.

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Mun Idea - Participatory Budgeting as an Instrument in the Development of an Urban Area (2017-18), funded by Helsinki Metropolitan Region Urban Research Program

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Contact information:

Email: virpi.lund@helsinki.fi

Doctoral Student

Research themes: 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.

Contact information:

Email: niina.manninen@helsinki.fi

Doctoral Student, MA (Adult Education), M. Sc. (Technology)

Research themes: 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.

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Learning from projects: Managing, organizing and coordinating of building information modeling in building projects (2015-2016)

Contact information:

Email: tarja.maki@mittaviiva.fi

Doctoral Student 

Research themes: Knowledge Integration in Education and Science. Core questions of the study are: a) what is integration in education, b) why integration is done, c) what kind of benefits and challenges are expected, d) how it is executed currently in Finnish schools, and d) how integration in schools is parallel and connected to practices of interdisciplinary science.

See poster presentation: Teachers’ Knowledge in Integrating the Curriculum

Funding: Finnish Cultural Foundation (Lauri Järvi Fund)

Contact information:

Email: mikko.a.niemela@helsinki.fi

Master Student (Research assistant)

Research themes:  Master’s Thesis: “The Changing Role of the Teacher in 21st Century Education: A Case Study on Teacher Interventions in a FUSE Studio Makerspace”. This qualitative case study examines teachers’ intervention strategies in student-driven STEAM learning. The data consists of video recordings that were filmed at a participating school during the FUSE Studio lessons. The results depict what it entails from a teacher to facilitate and further students’ engagement and development of relative expertise in interest-driven peer collaboration and learning.

Current project: Learning by Making: The Educational Potential of School-Based Makerspaces for Young Learners' Digital Competencies (iMake)

Contact information:

Email: riikka.olkinuora@helsinki.fi

Doctoral Student

Research themes: Political formation of vocational education: A comparative study of Finnish and Estonian vocational education systems. The emphasis of the research lies on a comparative study of Estonian and Finnish Vocational Education Training systems. The research adopts two methodological approaches: historical comparative approach, and critical policy analysis

Funding: Seed funding from Journal of Vocational Education and Training

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Email: heidi.paju@helsinki.fi

Doctoral Student

Research themes: Refugee education, teacher professional development, collaborative teaching, e-learning and peer learning. The aim of the study is to research peer learning between two or more teachers participating in collaborative teaching. The studies take place in refugee camps in Greece and Jordan and focuses on courses that take advantage of e-learning environments.

See poster presentation: Education in emergencies: The effect of collaborative teaching on teacher digital skills development

Contact information:

e-mail: lauri.pynnonen@helsinki.fi

Doctoral Student , MSocSc in Development Studies

Research themes: Learning in productive social movements related to housing and land rights; empowerment; cultural-historical activity theory; expansive learning.

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Current projects:

Learning in Productive Social Movements: Funded by the Academy of Finland, as part of The Academy Programme The Future of Learning, Knowledge and Skills TULOS, 2014-2017 (Instagram)

Contact information:  

Email: kukka.ranta@helsinki.fi

 

Doctoral Student, M.A. (Educ.), M.Sc. (Econ.)

Research themes: Knowledge creation and sharing in interventions, expansive learning, transitions between an individual and the collective, collaboration, cultural-historical activity theory, consequentiality, digital literacy.

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Current projects:

Exploring academics’ perceptions of effective teaching and assessing of Digital Literacy. Funded by a Central Research Grant by the Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University, Australia.

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Email: katrin.riisla@helsinki.fi

M.Sc. (Econ.&Bus.Adm.),  Doctoral Student

Research themes: Learning and Concept Formation in Digital Era, Transformation of Management Team´s Agency, Explorative and Exploitative Actions of a New Logic for Business Activity, Customer-oriented Development, Ethnographic Research Settings and Research-based Interventions.

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Recent projects:

Learning production concepts (OT) – Tools for the management of networked activity

Contact information:

Email: paivi.ristimaki@helsinki.fi

Doctoral Student (defended in January, 2018)

Affiliations: University of Bari, Italy and University of Helsinki 

Research themes: My main research interests are computer-supported collaborative learning, digital learning environment, professional training (especially for in service teachers), space–time organization (chronotope), collaborative sense-making,qualitative research, video analysis, dialogical theory, sociocultural research, and activity theory.

Contact information:

Email: giuseppe.ritella@helsinki.fi

 

 

Research Assistant (Master Student)

Research themes: Master Thesis "Growth mindset appearing in a didactic relationship". This qualitative case study examines first grade teacher's growth mindset in teaching. The data includes theme interview, observation and stimulated recall interviews. The final results describes how teacher’s growth mindset appears in planning and reflection of teaching and how growth mindset actualize in teaching. 

Contact information:

Email: rina.ronkainen@helsinki.fi

 

Doctoral Student, MA (Educ.)

Research themes: Young children and learning, agency and sense of agency, meaning making, motivation for learning, multiliteracy, children’s media and digital literacies, children’s voice, children as co-researchers 

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Current projects:

Learning Multiliteracy With Joy / Monilukutaitoa Opitaan Ilolla (MOI)

Contact information:

Email: heidi.sairanen@helsinki.fi

Doctoral Student

Research themes: New forms of capability building and HRD practices, changes in work organizations and work practices, learning, generalization and concept formation, cultural-historical activity theory.

Contact information:

Email: marika.schaupp@helsinki.fi

Doctoral Student, M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction

Research themes: Creativity and artistic practices as faculties for empathy development during adolescences. Critically pedagogy, aesthetic development and Identity. Visual culture, augmented & virtual reality in education. Arts based education research methods.

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See poster presentation: The socio-cultural interpretations that lie between us: Exploring empathy in 21st century visual arts pedagogy

Contact information:

Email: rachel.sinquefield-kangas@helsinki.fi

Skype: Live: rkangas_4

Doctoral Student 

Research themes:

Teacher’s agency and identity in Flipped learning. The study contributes to existing research knowledge in two ways: On the one hand, it helps understand the process of conceptualization of the phenomenon of Flipped learning particularly from math teacher perspective. On the other, the study is contributing in particular to efforts at promoting a change in the teaching of mathematics.

See poster presentation: Teachers’ Agency and Identity in Flipped Learning

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Email: marika.toivola@helsinki.fi

Master student (Research assistant)

Research themes: Master Thesis "Mindsets at the university of Helsinki Viikki normal school – a case study in teaching first graders".  This qualitative case study examines first grade teacher’s mindsets in teaching. The data includes observation and stimulated recall interviews with a class teacher whose mindsets were first identified with a mindset inventory. The final results depict how mindsets reflect on teacher’s understanding about learning and how mindsets actualize in teaching. 

Contact information:

Email: moona.tuominen@helsinki.fi

Doctoral Student, Grant-funded Researcher, M.Psych. 

Research themes: the role of objects in various work activities and communities, specifically in craft and artesan work, cultural-historical activity theory.

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Email: liubov.vetoshkina@helsinki.fi

 

Doctoral Student

Research themes:  Comparative studies on the Finnish and Chinese science curriculum. The doctoral thesis is an article-based one to investigate how aims for scientific literacy and 21st century competencies are implemented in National Primary Science Curricula in Finland and China. Further empirical research would be done based on the analysis results of the intended curriculum.

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Funding: China Scholarship Council for doctoral studies

Contact information:

Email:  yan.wang@helsinki.fi

Doctoral Student 

Research themes: Teachers' and students' mindsets in learning. Empirical research on mindset has indicated that mindset could predict individual multiple achievement including academic, cognitive, motivational, affective and even socioeconomic through the mediation of social-cognitive approaches. In the light of the current research, we hypothesize that both students’ and teachers’ mindsets have an impact on students’ learning outcomes.

This research aims to illustrate: 1) review of current research for teachers’ and students’ mindsets in learning; 2) whether mindset in learning is culturally bound by comparing mindsets both in different backgrounds; 3) cross-culture predictors to growth mindset in learning.

Contact information:

Email:  junfeng.zhang@helsinki.fi