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

Doctoral Student, M.Soc.Sci

Research themes

 Young children’s engagement and participation, multiliteracy, emotions, social construction,  interaction, literacy practices and pedagogical moves.

See Alexandra Nordström's poster presentation here:

Current projects

Joy of Learning Multiliteracies / Monilukutaitoa Opitaan Ilolla (MOI)

Links

Nordström's profile on TUHAT - University of Helsinki    

Nordstrom's profile on LinkedIn 

Contact information

E-mail: alexandra.nordstrom@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

Initial teacher education; education policies; teacher educators; critical social theory, comparative research.  My study aims to compare the professional agency of Chilean and Finnish teacher educators in the managerial university. Its main questions are: How do academic teacher educators construct their professional agency in teacher education departments of Chilean and Finnish universities? How do they exercise agency within managerial work environments? How does this agency impact their professional agency negotiations and their career path expectations?

Links

Hinostroza Paredes' profile on LinkedIn

Contact Information

E-mail: yenny.hinostrozaparedes@helsinki.fi

Doctoral Student

Research themes

My research investigates non-formal digital game-based learning (GBL) with refugee children in Bangladesh and Pakistan. Within the scope of the project digital GBL is used to teach early-grade children the basics of numeracy and literacy with tablet computes and selected mobile applications. The children learn to read in their native language, basics of English and basic numeracy without a teacher at their own pace following learning goals that mimic those of the national curriculums of their respective countries.

See project website: Digital Game-Based Learning in Emergency Contexts

See poster Lauri Pynnönen's poster presentation here:

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

Research themes

Young children and emergent literacy, multiliteracies, environmental education, digital literacy, interaction, peer dialogue, meaning making, aesthetic dimensions of learning, equal learning opportunities

Current projects

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

Digital mediation of children’s interactions with the more-than-human world: Perezhivaniya and literate practices funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC)

PLC - Playful learning center

Contact information

E-mail: jenny.renlund@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

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 

See Heidi Sairanen's poster presentation here:

Current projects

Learning Multiliteracy With Joy / Monilukutaitoa Opitaan Ilolla (MOI)

Links

Sairanen's profile on TUHAT - University of Helsinki  

Contact information

E-mail: 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

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

    Research themes

    Changing collaborative work and learning as well as social assessment of valuation-tied decisions in and out of virtual environments. My research project applies activity theory and pragmatism. The aim of my dissertation is to study valuation as a part of organizational learning in the context of virtual environments, from augmented and mixed reality to full immersive virtual surroundings.  In singular work-life projects, the aim is to form knowledge and tools for practical use.

    Links

    DigIT research group
    Vasarainen's profile on LinkedIn

    Contact information

    E-mail: minna.vasarainen@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.

    See Yan Wang's poster presentation here:

    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

    Engaging young children in sustainability education through applying design practices: ecological literacy, climate change education, playful learning, multiliteracies, design thinking, pedagogical creativity, co-creation and participatory methods. 

    Links

    Playful Learning Centre – PLC 

    The Joy of Learning Multiliteracies – MOI 

    Chinny’s profile on LinkedIn 

    Chinny’s profile on ResearchGate  

    Contact information

    Email: chin.wong@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