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:

E-mail: leonardo.cedilloberber@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

Links

Hautakangas's profile on Twitter 

Hautakangas's profile on LinkedIn

Contact information

E-mail: 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.  

Current projects

Links

Hedayati's profile on TUHAT - University of Helsinki    

Hedayati's profile on LinkedIn

Contact information

E-mail: 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 the 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 during student-led collaborative design and making activity.

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

Current projects

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

PLC - Playful learning center

Links

Korhonen's profile on TUHAT - University of Helsinki 

Korhonen's profile on ResearchGate

Contact information

E-mail: jasmiina.korhonen@helsinki.fi

Tel: +358503768481 

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.

Contact information

E-mail: 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?

Contact information

E-mail: 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.

Contact information

E-mail: 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-)

Contact Information 

E-mail: hanne.laasala@gmail.com

Tel: +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

E-mail: paivikki.lahtinen@helsinki.fi

Doctoral student

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.

Recent projects

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

Links

Lemos's profile on TUHAT - University of Helsinki 

Lemos's profile on Academia 

Lemos's profile on ResearchGate 

Lemos's profile on LinkedIn

    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.

    See poster presentation: Nonlinear storytelling in education

    Current projects

    Recent projects

    Digiosaajaksi työelämään

    Links

    Letonsaari's profile on TUHAT - University of Helsinki

      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

      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.)

      Links

      Lin's profile on TUHAT - University of Helsinki

      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.

      Current projects

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

      Recent projects

      Links

      Lund's profile on TUHAT - University of Helsinki

      Lund's profile on ResearchGate 

      Lund's profile on Twitter 

        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.

        Current projects

        Recent projects

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

        Links

        Mäki's profile on TUHAT - University of Helsinki    

        Mäki's profile on ResearchGate

        Contact information

        E-mail: 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

        E-mail: mikko.a.niemela@helsinki.fi

        Master Student, Research assistant

        Research themes

        "Teacher Interventions in Students’ Joint Work in a Novel Design and Making Environment". The study analyzes teacher interventions in students’ joint work in a novel digital design and making environment, focusing on which kind of situations caused teachers to intervene in students’ joint work and which intervention strategies teachers use when intervening. The data consists of video recordings that were filmed at a participating primary school, which had introduced a new design and making environment (called the FUSE Studio). 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

        E-mail: 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

        Contact information

        E-mail: 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.

        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)

        Links

        Ranta's profile on TUHAT - University of Helsinki  

        Ranta's profile on ResearchGate 

        Ranta's profile on LinkedIn  

        Ranta's profile on Academia 

        Ranta's webpage

        Contact information

        E-mail: 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.

        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.

        Links

        Riisla's profile on LinkedIn 

        Riisla's profile on ResearchGate 

        Riisla's profile on Academia

        Contact information

        E-mail: katrin.riisla@helsinki.fi

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

        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

        Recent projects

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

        Links

        Ristimäki's profile on TUHAT - University of Helsinki   

        Ristimäki's profile on LinkedIn  

        Ristimäki's profile on ResearchGate

        Contact information

        E-mail: paivi.ristimaki@helsinki.fi

        Doctoral Student (defended in January, 2018)

        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.

        Affiliations

        University of Bari, Italy and University of Helsinki 

        Contact information

        E-mail: 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

        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

        E-mail: 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.

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

        Current projects

        Links

        Sinquefield-Kangas's profile on TUHAT - Univesity of Helsinki   

        Sinquefield-Kangas's profile on ResearchGate  

        Sinquefield-Kangas's profile on LinkedIn  

        Sinquefield-Kangas's profile on Twitter

          Contact information

          E-mail: 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

          Links

          Toivola's profile on Academia 

          Toivola's profile on LinkedIn 

          Toivola's profile on Twitter  

          Toivola's homepage

          Contact information

          E-mail: 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

          E-mail: 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.

          Recent projects

          Links

          Vetoshkina's profile on TUHAT - University of Helsinki  

          Vetoshkina's profile on LinkedIn 

          Vetoshkina's profile on Academia 

          Vetoshkina's profile on ResearchGate 

          Vetoshkina's profile on Twitter

          Vetoshkina's Blog

            Contact information

            E-mail: 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.

            Funding 

            China Scholarship Council for doctoral studies

            Links

            Wang's profile on TUHAT - University of Helsinki

            Contact information

            E-mail:  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

            E-mail:  junfeng.zhang@helsinki.fi