Researchers
Researchers of the LECI Expert Group
Kemal Ahson

Postdoctoral Researcher

Research themes

Assessing citizen engagement and participation in science and technology, exploring the use of 'space' and 'place' in different education and learning contexts, considering the role of digital (health) literacies and technologies, and investigating 'ecological imaginations' in children.

Find out more:

University of Helsinki Research Portal

Contact information

e-mail: kemal.ahson@helsinki.fi

Mareike Bacha-Trams

Postdoctoral researcher

Research themes

Social interaction, Critical thinking, Media Literacy, Perspective taking

Current projects

Studying news evaluation, peer feedback and critical thinking in adolescents

Contact

mareike.bacha-trams@helsinki.fi

Yrjö Engeström

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. 

Current projects

Learning in Productive Social Movements

Find out more:

University of Helsinki Research Portal

Contact information

E-mail: yrjo.engestrom@helsinki.fi

Skype: yrjosaccount

Jaakko Hilppö

University Lecturer, 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

Current projects

Compassionate projects: new forms of children’s civic engagement (2019-2020, Academy of Finland)

Find out more:

Research hub CHiLD

University of Helsinki Research Portal

ResearchGate

Twitter

GoogleScholar

Contact information

E-mail: jaakko.hilppo@helsinki.fi

Skype: Hilppo

Tel: +358 40 533 4643

Anu Kajamaa

Expert Group Co-Leader

PhD, Adjunct Professor, Principal Investigator

Research 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.

Current projects

  • The Playful Learning Center (PLC)
  • DigiChild
  • 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)

Find out more:

University of Helsinki Research Portal

ResearchGate

Twitter

Contact information

E-mail: anu.kajamaa@helsinki.fi

Skype: akajamaa

Tel: +358 40 8232358

Jonna Kangas

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.

Find out more:

University of Helsinki Research Portal

Contact information

E-mail: jonna.kangas@helsinki.fi

Hannele Kerosuo

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.

Current projects

Recent projects

Find out more:

DigIT Research Group

University of Helsinki Research Portal

ResearchGate

Contact information 

E-mail: hannele.kerosuo@helsinki.fi

 

 

Pia-Maria Koirikivi (née Niemi)

University lecturer, Postdoctoral researcher, PhD

Research Themes

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

Current projects

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

Find out more:

University of Helsinki Research Portal

Niemi's profile on ResearchGate

Contact information

E-mail: pia-maria.niemi@helsinki.fi

 

Kristiina Kumpulainen

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

Current projects

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University of Helsinki Research Portal

ResearchGate

Academia

Kristiina Kumpulainen's personal Webpage

LinkedIn

Twitter   

Contact information

E-mail: kristiina.kumpulainen@helsinki.fi 

Skype: kristiinakkk

Tel: +358 50 3185221

 

Arniika Kuusisto

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. 

Current projects

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

Find. out more:

University of HelsinkiResearch Portal

Contact information

E-mail: Arniika.Kuusisto@helsinki.fi

Tel: +358 2941 29339 / +358 503187293

Elina Kuusisto

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.

Current projects

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University of Helsinki Research Portal

ResearchGate

Contact information

E-mail: Elina.kuusisto@helsinki.fi

Tel: +358 2941 29865 / +358 503180309

Sonja Laine

Postdoctoral researcher, PhD

Research themes

Gifted education, conceptions of giftedness; differentiated teaching; teachers’ and students’ mindset about learning

Current projects

Find out more:

University of Helsinki Research Portal

ResearchGate

Contact information

E-mail: sonja.laine@helsinki.fi

Tel: +358 2941 29838, +358 5031 82182

Lasse Lipponen

Professor, PhD

Research themes

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

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).

Find out more:

University of Helsinki Research Portal

GoogleScholar

Contact information

E-mail: lasse.lipponen@helsinki.fi

Skype: lasse_lipponen

Reijo Miettinen

Professor Emeritus

Research themes

Cultural-historical activity theory; learning in technological innovations; teacher’s work and the relationship between schools and society.

Recent projects

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

Find out more:

University of Helsinki Research Portal

Contact information

E-mail: reijo.miettinen@helsinki.fi

 

Signe Juhl Møller

Postdoctoral researcher

Research themes

The art of theorisation and theory generating research - ethnographic experimental research. Technology and materiality. Creativity, learning and development. Change as interactants creative co-construction of culture. Cultural-historical theory and cognitive domain theories on moral development and ethics. Minority- majority categorization and transgression. Observation to study development, e.g. using tablets, sociometric badges or interaction-based video observation and the quantification of observation such as in-footage coding.

Current projects

  • Changing conversations: Study on exploring children’s reasoning and perspective-taking when booklets containing illustrative stories on peer rejection are digitalized and displayed on tablets.

  • How to foster awareness rather than biases? A wholeness perspective on the development of conventional beliefs. Designing an interactive app/computer game to support a playful attitude towards social conventions and challenge young people’s beliefs about gender and ethnicity building on moral questions based wihin an interview frame similar to studies on peer rejection and moral reasoning.

Collaborators: Erika Löfström University of Helsinki, Harriet Tenenbaum University of Surrey, Anna Stetsenko, City University of New York.

Find out more:

University of Helsinki Research Portal

Contact information

E-mail: signe.moller@helsinki.fi

Reetta Niemi

Lecturer at Viikki Teacher Training School, PhD

Research themes  

My work focuses on developing participatory pedagogy through narrative learning projects, as well as methodological issues of pedagogical action research.  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.

Find out more:

University of Helsinki Research Portal

Contact information

E-mail: reetta.niemi@helsinki.fi

Sami Paavola

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

Current projects

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

Recent projects

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

Find out more:

DigIT Research Group

University of Helsinki Research Portal

GoogleScholar   

Academia.edu   

ResearchGate   

Twitter   

LinkedIn    

Contact information

E-mail: sami.paavola@helsinki.fi

Skype: samipaavola

Anna Rainio

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

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)

Find out more:

University of Helsinki Research Portal

Academia  

GoogleScholar

Contact information

E-mail: anna.rainio@helsinki.fi

Tel: +358 50 3180 306

Antti Rajala

Postdoctoral researcher, PhD

Research themes

Learning, Collaborative learning, Social interaction, Peer interaction

Current  projects

Find out more:

University of Helsinki Research Portal

Contact information 

E-mail: Antti.Rajala@helsinki.fi

Giuseppe Ritella

Postdoctoral researcher, PhD

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

E-mail: giuseppe.ritella@helsinki.fi

 

 

Mohsen Saadatmand

Postdoctoral researcher, PhD

Research themes

technology enhanced learning, online/blended learning environments, online courses and MOOCs, learning design, learning technologies, open education, networked learning.

Current projects

Find out more:

University of Helsinki Research Portal

GoogleScholar 

Twitter  

LinkedIn 

ResearchGate 

Academia  

Contact information

E-mail: mohsen.saadatmand@helsinki.fi

Skype: saadatm1

 

Annalisa Sannino

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. 

Current projects

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

Find out more:

University of Helsinki Research Portal

Academia   

GoogleScholar

Contact information

E-mail: annalisa.sannino@helsinki.fi

Skype: ansannino

Tel: +358 04 51 35 6343

Laura Seppänen

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.

Current projects

Find out more:

LinkedIn

Contact information

Email: laura.seppanen@ttl.fi

Skype: leseppa1

Tel: +358468514752

 

Kirsi Tirri

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.

Current projects

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University of Helsinki Research Portal

ResearchGate   

LinkedIn   

Tirri's profile on Academia

Contact information

E-mail: kirsi.tirri@helsinki.fi

Tel: +358 2941 29838, +358 5031 82182

Tapio Toivanen

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

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.

Find out more:

University of Helsinki Research Portal

Contact information

E-mail: tapio.toivanen@helsinki.fi

Jenni Vartiainen

Postdoctoral researcher, PhD

Research themes

Small children’s science education; science learning environments; children’s multiliteracy skills; inquiry-based education; ICT and technology enhanced learning; non-formal education.

Current projects

The Joy of Learning Multiliteracy (MOI)

Find out more:

University of Helsinki Research Portal

LinkedIn

Contact information

E-mail: jenni.vartiaine@helsinki.fi

Skype: jenni-vartiainen

Tel: +358 50 311 66 60

Liubov Vetoshkina

Postdoctoral Researcher, PhD  

Research themes

The role of objects and technologies in work activities, communities, and networks; cultural-historical activity theory (CHAT);  application of ethnography for studying work, work change, and digitalization. 

Affiliations

The DigIT research group.

Recent projects

Find out more:

University of Helsinki Research Portal

LinkedIn 

Academia 

ResearchGate 

Twitter

Liubov Vetoshkina's Blog

Contact information

E-mail: liubov.vetoshkina@helsinki.fi

 

Jaakko Virkkunen

Professor Emeritus

Research themes 

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

Contact information

E-mail: jaakko.virkkunen@helsinki.fi