Professor Emeritus, Research Director

Director of the Center for Research on Activity, Learning and Development CRADLE

Research themes: Cultural-historical activity theory; theory and practice of expansive learning; methodology of formative interventions. 

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Learning in Productive Social Movements

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Email: yrjo.engestrom@helsinki.fi

Skype: yrjosaccount

Postdoctoral researcher, PhD

Research themes: Children’s agency and sense of agency, children’s learning, development and everyday life, children’s projects, co-participatory methodology in research with children, Cultural-Historical Activity Theory

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Current projects:

  • SPrEaD: Broadening implementation of an innovative STEAM learning environment: Scaling up FUSE Studios through two models of partnership engagement with industry and schools (2017-2019, National Science Foundation (USA))
  • CoCuCo: Constituting Cultures of Compassion in Early Childhood Education (2016-2020, Academy of Finland)
  • Children’s Projects: a Proposal for a Research Agenda
  • Vital Voices 2 Perspectives on (Educational) Equity on the Early Childhood Sector in Singapore: Mapping the Best Practices (Funded by Lien Foundation 01.01.2018 - 31.12.2018).

Contact information:

Email: jaakko.hilppo@helsinki.fi

Skype: Hilppo

TEL: +358 40 533 4643

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Postdoctoral Researcher, Docent, PhD

Reserch themes: Learning, development, organizational change, strategic change, organizational communication and collaboration, interprofessional working, sociocultural theories, activity theory and other practice based approaches, qualitative research methods, formative interventions and ethnography e.g. in the context of health care and social care, schools and entrepreneurship hubs.

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Current projects:

  • Learning by Making: The Educational Potential of School-Based Makerspaces for Young Learners' Digital Competencies (iMake) (Academy of Finland)
  • CO-LAB project: Improving collaborative working between correctional and mental health services (EU HORIZON 2020, MSCA-RISE, 2016-2020) 

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Contact information:

Email: anu.kajamaa@helsinki.fi

Skype: akajamaa

TEL: +358 40 8232358

University Lecturer, PhD

Research themes: Pedagogy in early childhood education, children's participation, participatory learning, best practices of early childhood education, child initiated play, pathways of play, play-based learning, multi-professional co-operation in early childhood education, ethics in research methods, dialogic development of education, media education in early years.

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Email: jonna.kangas@helsinki.fi

 

Docent (Adjunct professor), PhD (Adult Education)

Research themes: My current interests are on boundary crossing and development of knotworking in construction industry. Furthermore, I examine transformative agency in several fields of study. I use activity-theoretically oriented ethnographic and interventionist methodologies and methods in my research.

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    Email: hannele.kerosuo@helsinki.fi

     

     

    Expert Group Leader

    Professor, PhD

    Research themes: Sociocultural theories; Social interaction and learning and development; Human agency; Formal and informal Learning; Learning across contents; Digital learning; Multiliteracies; Pedagogy and leraning environments; Teacher professional develoment; Creativity and co-creation; Participatory research methods; Visual research

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    Contact information:

    Email: kristiina.kumpulainen@helsinki.fi 

    Skype: kristiinakkk

    TEL: +358 50 3185221

     

    University Lecturer, Docent, PhD

    Research themes:  Most of Arniika's research projects have been based on a mixed methods design. These cover her PhD works and the present projects, in which she places value learning trajectories in the center of her research interest. In her publised doctoral disseratation, Arniika examined young people’s value learning, socialization experiences and agency. She also carried out two projects on diversity in Early Childhood Education and the comprehensive school age groiup. At present, she is working on young children's value learning, and the value learning trajectories of an older participant age group. She is also working on various other smaller projects related to value learning trajectories and life histories. 

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    Current projects: 

    Nature or Nurture? Technology Assisted Multi-Method Autobiographical Approach to Value Learning during Transition to School

    Contact information:

    Email: Arniika.Kuusisto@helsinki.fi

    TEL: +358 2941 29339, +358 503187293

    Docent, ThD, MA (Ed.)

    Research themes: moral and religious education, more specifically - 1) moral sensitivities such as ethical sensitivity, intercultural sensitivity, interreligious sensitivity; 2) purposeful teaching and life purposes; 3) talent development and growth mindset.

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    Contact information:

    Email: Elina.kuusisto@helsinki.fi

    TEL: +358 2941 29865, +358 503180309

    Postdoctoral researcher

    Research themes: Learning, especially on the boundary of school and society; relationship between school and society, entrepreneurship, cultural-historical activity theory,

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    Recent projects:

    Entrepreneurship education and entrepreneurial learning as an epistemic object of research.

    Contact information: 

    Email: leena.kayhko@helsinki.fi

    Professor, PhD

    Research themes: Cultures of Compassion; Leadership in Early Childhood Education; Play Interactions; Social Interaction 

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    Current projects:

    Constituting Cultures of Compassion in Early Childhood Education, 2016-2020, Academy of Finland.

    Vital Voices 2 Perspectives on (Educational) Equity on the Early Childhood Sector in Singapore: Mapping the Best Practices (Funded by Lien Foundation 01.01.2018 - 31.12.2018).

    Contact information:

    Email: lasse.lipponen@helsinki.fi

    Skype: lasse_lipponen

    University lecturer, Post-doctoral researcher, PhD

    Reserach Themes: Young people’s sense of belonging; peer relations; construction of worldviews; didactics. 

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    Current projects:

    Radical nationalistic worldviews of young people in Finland and Canada (starting in autumn 2017)

    Contact information:

    Email: pia-maria.niemi@helsinki.fi

     

    Lecturer at Viikki Teacher Training School, PhD

    Reserach themes:  My work focuses on developing participatory pedagogy through narrative learning projects, as well as methodological issues of pedagogical action reserach.  I have developed visual participatory research methods in order to perceive children’s meaningful learning experiences. My research has also centered on understanding how children’s meaningful experiences can help teachers to develop their practical theories and pedagogical actions in classrooms.

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    Contact informaiton:

    Email: reetta.niemi@helsinki.fi

    Associate Professor (tenure track), Docent, PhD

    Research themes: Technology mediated collaborative learning, inquiry and work; theories of learning; trialogical learning; practice methodologies - cultural-historical activity theory, pragmatism; abductive methodologies of discovery

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    Current projects:

    CO-LAB - Improving collaborative working between correctional and mental health services (2016-2020).

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

    Contact information:

    Email: sami.paavola@helsinki.fi

    Skype: samipaavola

    Senior University Lecturer, Docent

    Research themes:

    • Research on educational interaction: The development of student agency, ambivalence and engagement in early education and youth work contexts
    • Cultural-historical research on adult-child joint play and play-based pedagogies
    • Research on educational change and interventions, teachers’ professional development, particularly discursive methodologies

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    Recent projects:

    Longitudinal study on children taken into care in Finland. Responsible researcher in the sub study Art-based Activities With Youth in Foster Care. (Academy of Finland, 2010-2013)

    Contact information:

    Email: anna.rainio@helsinki.fi

    TEL: +358 50 3180 306

    Postdoctoral researcher, PhD

    Research themes: Learning, Collaborative learning, Social interaction, Peer interaction

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    Contact information: 

    Email: Antti.Rajala@helsinki.fi

     

     

     

    Academy Research Fellow, Docent, PhD

    Research themes: My work focuses on the emergence and enactment of transformative agency from the perspective of cultural-historical activity theory, how this type of agency relates to learning and how it can be identified, supported and enhanced through formative interventions within communities, educational and work settings. 

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    Current projects

    Academy Research Fellowship project on “The Emergence of Agency: Foundations for Educational Change from Below” (2012-2017)

    Contact information:

    Email: annalisa.sannino@helsinki.fi

    Skype: ansannino

    TEL: +358 04 51 35 6343

     

    Senior Researcher, DSc (Agr. & For.), Adjunct Professor

    Finnish Institute of Occupational Health

    Research themes: Learning and development in platform economy work; service networks and relational agency in many fields of work. Proactivity, e.g. interpretive practice in robotic surgery. Collaborative tools and developmental intervention methodologies in activity theories and other practice-based approaches.

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    Email: laura.seppanen@ttl.fi

    Skype: leseppa1

    Tel: +358468514752

     

    Senior Lecturer, Docent, PhD

    Research themes: Media education, arts (sound, music) education. Recent research focus in teaching and learning in digital cultures (especially student as producers, developing multimodal literacy), and in creative pedagogy: prolific author of research based pedagogical materials, which are widely used in Finnish learning institutions.

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    Contact information:

    Email: sara.sintonen@helsinki.fi

     

    Professor

    Dr. Kirsi Tirri is a full Professor of Education and a Research director at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies at the University of Helsinki. She serves as a President of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters. She is also a Visiting Professor at the St. John's University, New York, USA. Tirri has been the President of ECHA (European Council for High Ability) for the years 2008-2012 and the President of the SIG International Studies at AERA (American Educational Research Association) for the years 2010-2013.

    Research themes:  School pedagogy; moral and religious education; gifted education; teacher education and cross-cultural studies.

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    Contact information:

    Email: kirsi.tirri@helsinki.fi

    Tel: +358 2941 29838, +358 5031 82182

    University lecturer, Docent, PhD (Doctor of theatre and Drama)

    Research themes: Developing drama and theatre education; Creativity in drama and theatre education; Creative teaching, Interaction and learning; Playfull learning

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    Current projects: :

    Challenge of the Empty Space (2011-).  Part projects 1) What is creativity in drama and theatre education?  2) What is quality in drama and theatre education? 3) Developing Teachers' Body Awareness and Holistic Interactions Using Theatre Based Methods.

    Contact information:

    Email: tapio.toivanen@helsinki.fi

    Professor Emeritus

    Research themes: cultural-historical activity theory; developmental work research; work-related learning.

    Contact information: 

    Email: jaakko.virkkunen@helsinki.fi