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Opening soon: Call for FinEd scientific writing workshop

Attention, PhD researchers: the call for FinEd’s annual scientific writing workshop is about to open on Monday 25 March 2024.

What, where, when? The workshop focuses on the processes of academic and scientific writing, including individual and group work, mentor and peer feedback on participants’ texts, and interesting keynote speeches. Furthermore, it offers early career researchers an opportunity for networking, peer support, and making new friends. The workshop will be held at Hanaholmen Conference Hotel in Espoo, from 14–15 August 2024 (Wednesday – Thursday). FinEd will pay the expenses of successful applicants (accommodation and meals; remuneration of travel within Finland).

For whom? Doctoral researchers from the doctoral programmes on educational sciences of FinEd member universities, representing all paradigms, and writing either article-based or monograph dissertations, are invited to apply. Please note that while we welcome applicants at all stages of the PhD process, to get the most out of the workshop, you should have a textual part of your thesis (e.g., a section of an article, or chapter of your monograph/summary) to work on at the workshop. Participants will be asked to submit this for mentor comments before the workshop. 

Based on the applications, max. 25 participants will be chosen by a committee of five FinEd steering group members, with a view to facilitating diversity (aiming for equal representation of FinEd member universities, researchers from different paradigms and at different stages of the PhD process), and with specific importance given to the motivation letter.

How to apply? To apply, please fill in the application form https://link.webropol.com/s/FinEdworkshop2024 and include a motivation letter of max. 500 words, describing why you are applying to the workshop and why you think you would benefit from it in your PhD process. The application period is from 25 March – 19 April 2024. Successful applicants will be informed about the choice in mid-May, with binding enrolment requested by the end of May. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact FinEd coordinator Anna Rawlings (anna.rawlings@uef.fi). We look forward to receiving your applications, see you in August!

Spring 2024 season, FinEd Online Research Talks

We have another season of FinEd Online Research Talks (FORT) coming up! The FORT events cover current topics in educational sciences and showcase the varied research conducted in FinEd’s member universities. The FORT events are targeted particularly for PhD researchers, but other members of the scientific community, as well as all other interested parties, are also warmly welcome. Participation is free, details of the talks below!

28.3. 2024 (Thursday), from 12–13 o’clock:

Some examples of using Bayesian multilevel regression in educational research, Professor Petri Nokelainen (TAU)

This lecture introduces the use of Bayesian regression methods in the analysis of cross-sectional and longitudinal multilevel data sets. The presentation will begin with a brief comparison with frequentist methods. This is followed by a cross-sectional multilevel analysis using both frequentist and Bayesian methods. At the end of the presentation, the focus will be on the issues of longitudinal multilevel analysis from a Bayesian perspective. 

Link to prof. Nokelainen’s talk: https://uef.zoom.us/j/62820705335?pwd=V3ZOeUE3ekhCUnlZOXNQRFRMbFVoUT09, Meeting ID: 628 2070 5335, Passcode: 278656

8.5.2024 (Wednesday), from 12–13 o’clock:
Professor Kristiina Brunila (UH) – more info will be added soon!

Tulossa: OPPIVA2024

Oppimisen ja oppimisvaikeuksien tutkimuksen päivät järjestetään Itä-Suomen yliopiston Joensuun kampuksella (Yliopistokatu 2, Joensuu) 4.–5. kesäkuuta 2024. Abstraktien jättö on avoinna 15.3.–15.4. Järjestäjät toivottavat tervetulleiksi kaikenlaiset, oppimiseen ja oppimisvaikeuksiin liittyvää tutkimusta käsittelevät esitykset. Lue lisää OPPIVA2024-verkkosivuilta ja merkkaa päivät kalenteriisi!

FinEd-verkoston vuosikatsaus 2023

Vuonna 2023 FinEd-verkosto jatkoi työtään jäsenyliopistojen väitöskirjatutkijoiden työn tukemiseksi sekä fasilitoi jäsenyliopistojen välistä yhteistyötä tohtorikoulutukseen liittyen. Tässä uutiskirjeessä käymme läpi vuoden tapahtumia. Haluamme samalla kiittää kaikkia vuonna 2023 toimintaamme ja tapahtumiimme osallistuneita, sekä toivottaa hyvää alkanutta vuotta 2024.

FinEd-verkoston vetovastuu

Helsingin yliopisto on vastannut FinEdin toiminnan järjestämisestä kaksivuotiskaudella 2022–2023, jolloin verkoston puheenjohtajana on toiminut varadekaani, professori Auli Toom. Auli jatkaa verkoston johtoryhmässä Helsingin yliopiston edustajana vetovastuun siirtyessä Itä-Suomen yliopistolle vuosiksi 2024–2025. Kiitämme Aulia hänen työstään verkoston johdossa, ja toivotamme tervetulleeksi uuden puheenjohtajan, prof. Markku Niemivirran. FinEdin koordinaattorina jatkaa Anna Rawlings.

FinEd Online Research Talks – keynote-puheita verkossa

Vuonna 2022 aloitetut FinEd Online Research Talks- eli FORT-tapahtumat saivat jatkoa vuonna 2023. FORT-tapahtumissa jäsenyliopistojen professorit ja muut tutkijat kertovat vuorollaan tuoreista tutkimuksistaan. FORT-tapahtumat ovat mahdollistaneet uusia kohtaamisia väitöskirjatutkijoiden ja muiden akateemisen yhteisön jäsenten välillä, sekä tarjonneet tilaisuuden esitellä jäsenyliopistoissamme tehtyä tutkimusta ja tehdä myös FinEdin toimintaa laajemmin tunnetuksi. 

Kevätkaudella 2023 FORT-puhujiimme lukeutuivat professorit Pirjo Aunio (HY) aiheesta Relationships between children’s early numeracy, physical activity and motor skills learning; Tero Järvinen (UTU) aiheesta The significance of socioeconomic background for the educational dispositions and aspirations of Finnish comprehensive school leavers; ja Maija Lanas (OY) aiheesta Decentering the adult and problematising the production of child in education. Syyskauden puhujat olivat tutkimuskoordinaattori, TtT Milla Saajanaho (JYU) aiheenaan Agency and developmental regulation in late adulthood, sekä vanhempi yliopistonlehtori, dosentti Vesa Korhonen (TAU) aiheenaan Towards recognizing the possible interrelated connections between student engagement and well-being within higher education studies

Huom! Vuoden 2024 FORT-tapahtumat käynnistyvät maanantaina 22.1.2024 klo 12–13 prof. Sara Routarinteen (UTU) keynote-puheella Learning-in-interaction: what makes video observations powerful for studying teaching and learning? Prof. Routarinteen puheen abstrakti ja zoom-linkki löytyvät verkkosivuiltamme – lämpimästi tervetuloa seuraamaan!

Akateemisen kirjoittamisen työpaja väitöskirjatutkijoille, 15.–16. elokuuta

FinEdin vuotuinen kirjoitustyöpaja järjestettiin jälleen Hanasaaren kauniissa ja inspiroivassa konferenssikeskuksessa Espoon ja Helsingin rajalla, osallistujina 24 väitöskirjatutkijaa sekä mentoreina toimineet viisi vanhempaa tutkijaa. Työpajan ohjelmaan kuului kaksi keynote-puhetta, prof. Kirsi Pyhällön (HY) How to cultivate wellbeing during the doctoral studies? ja varadekaani, prof. Auli Toomin (HY) Writing the summary for the article-based PhD thesis, osallistujien artikkelikäsikirjoitusten ja -abstraktien työstämistä pienryhmissä mentorien johdolla, sekä vapaata verkostoitumista, kokemusten vaihtoa ja vertaisryhmän jäseniin tutustumista. Työpajasta saamamme palaute oli pääosin hyvin positiivista, mutta huomioimme toki kiitollisina myös saamamme parannusehdotukset suunnitellessamme ja järjestäessämme vuoden 2024 työpajaa. 

“Mentorointi oli timanttista! Pienryhmässä keskustelu oli omaa työtä edistävää ja mentorin paneutuminen teksteihin ja osallistujien kysymyksiin oli syvällistä ja suureksi avuksi.” 

“…arvostan myös todella paljon sitä, että tunnelma oli rauhallinen. Liian paljon ja liian useissa konferensseissa on koko ajan kiire. Oli mahtavaa, että täällä kiireen tuntua ei kertaakaan ollut. Todella sydänlämpöinen kiitos mahdollisuudesta osallistua työpajaan! Sain tästä niin paljon itselleni, erityisesti uusia kollegoita ja verkostoja sekä ideoita omaan työhön.” – Osallistujilta saatuja palautekommentteja 

FinEdin esiseminaari Kasvatustieteen päivillä Åbo Akademissa, 22. marraskuuta

Vuoden 2023 esiseminaarin teemana oli Focus on Open Science in the Field of Educational Sciences. Nimensä mukaisesti esiseminaarissa paneuduttiin tieteen ja tutkimuksen avoimuuden eri ulottuvuuksiin. Sami Syrjämäki Tieteellisten seurain valtuuskunnasta avasi esiseminaarin tieteelliseen julkaisemiseen keskittyvällä keynote-puheellaan Contemporary Trends in Scholarly Publishing. Avoimen tieteen eettisyyteen liittyvän keynote-puheen Open science – open ethics? piti prof. Erika Löfström (HY), joka myös veti tauon jälkeen työpajan, jossa osallistujat hahmottelivat omaa avoimen tieteen suunnitelmaansa. 

Olemme tulleet huomaamaan, että monille väitöskirjatutkijoille muiden väitöskirjatutkijoiden tapaaminen ja verkostoituminen ovat yksi tärkeimmistä asioista, joita voimme FinEd-verkoston kautta tarjota:

“I found the seminar interesting, actually more interesting than I had thought in advance because many of the issues are already familiar to me. I wish that there would have been more time for interaction and discussion with other doctoral researchers because that is what made to attend the preseminar in the first place.” – Osallistujalta saatu palautekommentti

Pidämmekin vertaisryhmätoiminnan tärkeyden mielessä, kun suunnittelemme ja toteutamme tulevia tapahtumia.

“Tohtorikoulutus tulevaisuudessa” -lounastapaaminen

FinEdin jory tarkasteli ja vertaili jäsenyliopistojen artikkeliväitöskirjalle asettamia kriteerejä vuonna 2022, ja jatkoimme tätä työtä vuonna 2023 keräämällä pienimuotoisen “benchmarking”-aineiston myös ulkomaisilta kollegoiltamme. Kerätty kansallinen ja kansainvälinen data vedettiin yhteen ja esiteltiin jäsenyliopistojen tohtoriohjelmien johtajille, tutkimusvaradekaaneille sekä paljon ohjanneille professoreille suunnatussa lounastapaamisessa Kasvatustieteiden päivien yhteydessä 23. marraskuuta 2023. Lounastapaamisessa pohdittiin yhdessä myös sitä, miten akateemisena yhteisönä suhtaudumme ja reagoimme kaavailtuihin muutoksiin suomalaisessa tohtorikoulutuksessa. Suunnitelmissamme on vakiinnuttaa lounastapaaminen osaksi vuotuista toimintaamme, osana jäsenyliopistojen välisen avoimen keskusteluyhteyden ja yhteistyön fasilitointia.

Muuta vuoden varrella tapahtunutta

FinEd rahoitti nuoren tutkijan keynote-puheen Kasvatustieteen päiville Åbo Akademiin 24.11.2023. KT Anne-Elina Salo PhD (UTU, JYU) piti puheen aiheesta Sosiaalisesti kestävää tulevaisuutta rakennetaan yhdessä: Miten jokainen kasvatuksen kentillä voisi tulla nähdyksi, kuulluksi ja ymmärretyksi? 

FinEd lähetti myös tervehdyksen Lapin yliopiston Media Education Hubin järjestämän Media Education Conference MEC2023 -kongressin avajaisiin 25.9.2023.

FinEd Online Research Talks, Autumn 2023 – Winter 2024

We are pleased to announce the 2023–2024 season of FinEd Online Research Talks (FORT). The FORT events cover current topics in educational sciences and showcase the varied research conducted in FinEd’s member universities. The FORT events are targeted particularly for PhD researchers, but all members of the scientific community, as well as all other interested parties, are also warmly welcome. Participation is free, details on the talks below!

Tuesday 14.11.2023, at 12–13 o’clock

Research coordinator Milla Saajanaho (University of Jyväskylä):

Agency and developmental regulation in late adulthood

Developmental regulation is a way for people to direct their lives through three mechanisms: proactive coping (i.e., planning the future and preventing future losses), primary control (i.e., goal striving and tenacity), and secondary control (i.e., adjustment and accommodation of one’s goals). This research talk will shed light on the theoretical basis of developmental regulation, its connections to agency, as well as its relevance in the lives of older people.  Moreover, empirical results on preparation for aging and goal setting and goal adjustment in late adulthood is presented.

Milla Saajanaho, PhD (Health Science), MA (education), is a research coordinator in the Doctoral Programme in Education at the University of Jyväskylä (JYU). Prior, she worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Gerontology Research Center at JYU, first in the ERC-funded AGNES-project (PI Taina Rantanen) and, second, in the TRAILS-project (PI Katja Kokko, funded by the Academy of Finland), which forms the latest follow-up for the Jyväskylä Longitudinal Study of Personality and Social Development. Saajanaho’ s main research interests include aging, personal goals, and developmental regulation across the life span.

Link to Dr. Saajanaho’s talk https://helsinki.zoom.us/j/63121102874?pwd=YmlUUkwvZ1h4NFUyaTUzSU1vcCtsQT09

Meeting ID: 631 2110 2874, Passcode: 477467

Thursday 14.12. at 12–13 o’clock

Assoc. Prof. Vesa Korhonen (Tampere University):

Towards recognizing the possible interrelated connections between student engagement and well-being within higher education studies?

The starting point of this lecture is the identification and modeling of the key characteristics and dimensions of two extensively studied topics in higher education, namely student engagement and well-being. Furthermore, their potential common dimensions are discussed for an empirical framework. The factors related both to student engagement and well-being can be seen as integral to supporting comprehensive pedagogical well-being and agency within higher education teaching and learning communities. The presentation will include an examination of the application of the modeled framework, for instance, to analyze positive and negative remote learning experiences during exceptional circumstances in a university setting, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. The lecture aims to stimulate discussion and thinking about integrating different traditions and theoretical backgrounds to diversify interpretations.

Vesa Korhonen is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Education and Culture, Tampere University, Finland. His main research interest has focused on teaching and learning in higher education. In this context, he has conducted research related to both students and teachers in the field of higher education for over two decades, as well as research related to the effects of digitalization of learning environments. He is a co-leader of the Higher Education in Transition (HET) research group at Tampere University and acting as co-convener in Research in Higher education network within the European Education Research Association (EERA). The most recent ongoing research focuses on a comparative perspective on the impact of assessment culture on the agency of higher education students in two different cultural contexts. Twitter @vakorhonen

Link to Assoc. Prof. Korhonen’s talk https://helsinki.zoom.us/j/69778742501?pwd=Q1dEbUh2RnVYem1GWk56bHhleEE2Zz09

Meeting ID: 697 7874 2501, Passcode: 096281

Monday 22.1.2024 at 12–13 o’clock

Professor Sara Routarinne (University of Turku):

Learning-in-interaction: what makes video observations powerful for studying teaching and learning?

This presentation delves into the role of videorecordings in unraveling the intricate dynamics of teaching and learning as interactional accomplishment. The basis of the presentation is the collaborative efforts of the CERLIs Learning-in-interaction research team, centering on the dynamics and processes inherent in teaching and learning within social and interactive contexts. Video-observations serve as a means to capture “thick descriptions” (Geerts, 1973) of real-time interactions. In this presentation I will critically analyze video documentation method in relation to other methods such as school ethnography, observation protocols, surveys, and interviews particularly focusing on its ability to capture subtleties of teaching and learning in various educational settings. To provide a comprehensive context, I will briefly review the development of documentary recording methods (from audio to video) tracing their origins back to Sinclair’s and Coulthard’s (1975) classroom discourse analysis and Mehan’s seminal work on “Learning lessons” (1979). I will also explore recent developments in research utilizing video data (e.g. Gardner, 2019). Furthermore, recent research has expanded its focus to encompass various dimensions, such as the professional embodiment of teachers (as seen in Jakonen, 2020), professional vision (as explored by Pouta et al., 2021), language socialization (examined in Burdelski & Howard, 2020), emotional support for students (see Salo et al, 2022), metacognitive regulation (as evidenced in Iiskala et al,. 2020), pedagogical touch (as demonstrated in Heinonen et al., 2020; Routarinne et al., 2020), and the use of video as a tool for professional development of both pre- and in-service teachers (e.g. Lepola et al., 2022). In conclusion, video observations hold a significant role in advancing our understanding of teaching and learning. The unique ability to unveil and go back to the subtleties and granularity of these interactions makes video analysis an indispensable tool in educational research with profound implications for professional development and understanding processes of teaching and learning.

Sara Routarinne is Professor at the Department of Teacher Education at the University of Turku, Finland. Her research interests include classroom interaction; Finnish language education; Conversation Analysis; Content Analysis; and Interactional linguistics.

Link to Prof. Routarinne’s talk https://uef.zoom.us/j/64772855098?pwd=YU91Ny9hU1p6c0g5dFBTVDBia1RDUT09

Meeting ID: 647 7285 5098, Passcode: 326909

More information on the FinEd preseminar at FERA 2023 conference

As previously announced, FinEd is organising another preseminar at the 2023 FERA Conference on Education (kasvatustieteen päivät), on 22 November 2023. The preseminar, entitled Focus on Open Science in the Field of Educational Sciences, will comprise keynote speeches by Professor Erika Löfström (University of Helsinki) and Dr Sami Syrjämäki (Head of Publications, Federation of Finnish Learned Societies). We are pleased to share the abstracts for the keynotes (below).

The schedule for the preseminar has also been decided. Taking into consideration the travel times and train schedules, we will be starting at 2PM with the keynote speeches, and the workshop will run from 4PM – 6PM. Register for the preseminar here https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/124740/lomake.html by 14 November at the latest. Details will be sent to registered participants prior to the preseminar.

We look forward to seeing you there! Should you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact FinEd coordinator Anna Rawlings at anna.rawlings@helsinki.fi.

Our speakers:

Professor Erika Löfström (UH): Open science – open ethics?

While ethics is a cornerstone in all research, navigating the ethics of your PhD research in the age of Open Science may sometimes involve difficult considerations, even challenges. There are demands of transparency and openness, not only about one’s results, but also practices, procedures and data. International and national expectations and guidance on research ethics have increased to support researchers in maintaining high ethical standards in their research. At the same time, researchers may struggle to get a sense of how to match expectations, some of which may even seem contradictory, such as opening data and protecting the identities of the participating individuals. In this talk, I will discuss some of the recent changes in the landscape of research and relate these to the expectations of transparency and openness, and their implications for research and researchers. I also provide suggestions and tools for handling ethical questions and dilemmas in research.

Dr Sami Syrjämäki PhD (Federation of Finnish Learned Societies): Contemporary Trends in Scholarly Publishing

Do you ever wonder about Elsevier, Green/Gold/Diamond Open Access, CC licenses, and predatory journals and how they are interconnected? Is there more to scholarly publishing than simply knowing how to craft an exceptional research article? The landscape of scholarly publishing is evolving swiftly, making it challenging to stay abreast of these developments. In this presentation, I will provide a concise overview of the key trends and the broader context of rapidly changing world of scholarly publishing.

Registration for the 2023 FinEd preseminar is open!

As in previous years, FinEd is arranging a preseminar in conjunction with the FERA Conference on Education. This year’s preseminar, Focus on Open Science in the Field of Educational Sciences, will take place at the Åbo Akademi University in Vaasa, on 22 November 2023. The preseminar explores the role of research in society and the legitimacy of scientific knowledge, and is targeted at PhD researchers writing their theses in the field of educational sciences in our member universities, with the aim of stimulating early-career researchers’ thinking and supporting their professional development as scientists. 

The preseminar will be a full-day session, including two keynote speakers with expertise in aspects of open science especially related to conducting research and publishing, and a structured workshop on the topics covered in the keynotes.  Our speakers:

Prof. Erika Löfström (University of Helsinki) is a member of the Diversity, Multilingualism and Social Justice (DIMISO) research group. Her research activities include, among others, the VIRT2UE project. Prof. Löfström’s talk will focus on ethics and research integrity.  

Sami Syrjämäki PhD is Head of Publications at the Federation of Finnish Learned Societies. Dr. Syrjämäki’s talk will focus on open-access publication within science and research. 

Register for the preseminar here https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/124740/lomake.html by 14.11.2023. More information, including the abstracts for the talks, will be published in early October, and a detailed schedule will be sent to registered participants after registration closes.

Apply now for FinEd scientific writing workshop for PhD researchers

We are pleased to announce the call for our annual scientific writing workshop for doctoral researchers!

What? A workshop focusing on the processes of academic and scientific writing, including individual and group work, mentor and peer feedback on participants’ texts, and interesting keynote speeches.

When? 15.–16.8.2023 (Tuesday – Wednesday).

Where? Hanaholmen Conference Hotel in Espoo.

For whom? Doctoral researchers from the doctoral programmes on educational sciences of FinEd member universities, representing all paradigms, and writing either article-based or monograph dissertations. NB while we welcome applicants from all stages of the PhD process, to get the most out of the workshop, you should have a textual part of your thesis (e.g., a section of an article, or chapter of your monograph/summary) to work on at the workshop. Participants will be asked to submit this for mentor comments before the workshop.

How to apply? The call is open from 1.–31.3.2023. To apply, please fill in the application form, including a motivation letter (max. 500 words) describing why you are applying to the workshop and why you think you would benefit from it in your PhD process. Based on the applications, max. 25 participants will be chosen by a committee of five FinEd steering group members, with a view to facilitating diversity (aiming for equal representation of FinEd member universities, researchers from different paradigms and stages of work), and with specific importance given to the motivation letter.

How much will it cost? FinEd will pay the expenses of successful applicants (accommodation and meals; remuneration of travel within Finland). Successful applicants will be informed about the choice in mid-April, with binding enrolment requested by 1.6.2023.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact FinEd coordinator Anna Rawlings (anna.rawlings@helsinki.fi). We look forward to receiving your applications, see you in August!

Spring 2023 season of FinEd Online Research Talks

Coming soon: another season of FinEd Online Research Talks (FORT), covering current topics in educational sciences and showcasing the varied research conducted in FinEd’s member universities. The FORT events are targeted particularly for PhD researchers, but other members of the scientific community, as well as all other interested parties, are also warmly welcome. Participation is free, details of the talks below!

10.2.2023 (Friday), from 10-11 o’clock:

Relationships between children’s early numeracy, physical activity and motor skills learning, Professor (Special Education) Pirjo Aunio (University of Helsinki)

My talk focuses on the latest research findings in my group about young children’s early numeracy learning and possible learning difficulties in it.  We aim to produce new scientific evidence about developmental dynamics in early numeracy, executive functions, motor skills and physical activity. The study line started with an observation that children’s physical activity, motor skills and the knowledge of mathematical skills have been decreasing during the last decade. Is it so that an inactive lifestyle causes problems for learning?   So far we have collected longitudinal data from three measurement points, approximately 300 children aged 3-6 years. We have also used the interventions to manipulate the developmental trajectories. In my FinEd talk, I will present our new results. I will also discuss about challenges to conduct longitudinal and intervention studies with preschoolers.

Link to Prof. Aunio’s talk, Meeting ID:     684 2273 6018

15.3.2023 (Wednesday), from 13-14 o’clock:

The significance of socioeconomic background for the educational dispositions and aspirations of Finnish comprehensive school leavers, Professor Tero Järvinen (University of Turku)

In the Bildung review by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture published in January 2023, the concern is raised about the increase of educational inequalities related to the socioeconomic background of children and young people. Differences between socioeconomic groups can be seen in students’ school performance and learning results as well as in their selection into different educational pathways after comprehensive school. According to research, even students from different socioeconomic backgrounds with equal school success will end up on different educational paths.  This lecture examines the significance of socioeconomic background for students’ educational dispositions and aspirations.  By drawing on a study of 15-year old lower secondary school students (N=1.058) in Turku sub-region, the lecture aims to answer the following questions: what is the effect, if any, of the socioeconomic background of Finnish comprehensive school leavers on their educational dispositions and aspirations, and how does the relationship change when controlling for the effects of individual ability and gender?  If it turns out that many gifted students from low-socioeconomic backgrounds who have positive educational dispositions ‘voluntarily’ give up achieving higher levels of education, it means that many occupational fields will lose potentially talented and skilful employees. It also means that Finnish education system is not able to encourage and support students to set themselves educational goals that differ from their family tradition. By not succeeding in this, the system functions towards the social inheritance of education and reproduction of the social divisions and hierarchies of a society.

Link to Prof. Järvinen’s talk, Meeting ID:     679 5989 6948

20.4.2023 (Thursday), from 12-13 o’clock:

Decentering the adult and problematising the production of child in education, Professor Maija Lanas (University of Oulu)

The lecture discusses critically the position of a child in education. In sociologically based childhood studies, youth studies, and also in educational philosophy, the position of a child has been critically discussed and theorised for some decades now. However, these discussions have not made their way to the majority of educational practice and empirical research about education. The lecture argues that the normalised position of a child in education is ethically problematic, and showcases why.

Link to Prof. Lanas’ talk, Meeting ID:     668 6173 9737

FinEd-verkoston uutiskirje 2022 – Vuosikatsaus

Vuoden 2022 alusta FinEdin toiminnan vetovastuu siirtyi Lapin yliopistolta Helsingin yliopistolle seuraavaksi kahdeksi vuodeksi. Tänä vuonna saatoimme palata verkkoseminaareista reaalimaailman kohtaamisiin, ja aloitimme myös joitain uusia toimintamuotoja. Tässä uutiskirjeessä käymme läpi vuoden tapahtumia. Haluamme samalla toivottaa kaikille toiminnassamme mukana olleille, niin puhujille, mentoreille, työpajoihin osallistuneille, kuin kaikille muillekin, hyvää joulunaikaa ja onnellista uutta vuotta 2023!

FinEd Online Research Talks – keynote-puheita verkossa

Keväällä käynnistimme akateemisen lukukauden aikana noin kerran kuussa järjestettävän verkkopuheiden sarjan. Tapahtumassa jäsenyliopistojen professorit pitävät vuorollaan valitsemastaan aiheesta keynote-puheen. FinEd Online Research Talks -sarja on mahdollistanut uusia kohtaamisia väitöskirjatutkijoiden ja muun akateemisen yhteisön kanssa, sekä tarjonnut tilaisuuden tehdä FinEdin toimintaa laajemmin tunnetuksi ja esitellä verkostossamme tehtävää tutkimusta. Tänä vuonna puheen pitivät professorit Markku Niemivirta (Itä-Suomen yliopisto) aiheenaan The role of goals in motivation and well-being; Päivi Rasi-Heikkinen (Lapin yliopisto) aiheenaan Media literacies among senior citizens; Niina Rutanen (Jyväskylän yliopisto) aiheenaan Ethics in research with young children; Annalisa Sannino (Tampereen yliopisto) aiheenaan Challenges of transformative agency for equity and sustainability: A perspective from the learning sciences; sekä Kristina Ström ja Mia Porko-Hudd (Åbo Akademi) aiheenaan Special Education and Sloyd Education at ÅAU. Puheet ovat herättäneet kiinnostusta ja niihin on osallistuttu ahkerasti, ja tulemme jatkamaan niitä vuonna 2023, joten pysyttehän kuulolla!

Akateemisen kirjoittamisen työpaja väitöskirjatutkijoille, 17.-18. elokuuta

Seitsemäntoista väitöskirjatutkijaa seitsemästä jäsenyliopistostamme osallistui kaksipäiväiseen kirjoitustyöpajaan kauniissa ja inspiroivassa Hanasaaren konferenssikeskuksessa Espoon ja Helsingin rajalla. Työpajan osallistujille pidettiin kaksi keynote-puhetta: Helsingin yliopiston yliopistonlehtori Elina Ketonen puhui aiheesta How to understand and optimize the process of academic writing ja professori Auli Toom aiheesta Summary of the PhD Thesis. Lisäksi osallistujat työskentelivät pienryhmissä lukien ja kommentoiden toistensa abstrakteja ja artikkelikäsikirjoituksia, joihin he olivat saaneet myös mentorikommentteja FinEdin senioritutkijoilta. Aikaa riitti myös tutustumiselle, verkostoitumiselle ja kokemusten jakamiselle vertaisryhmässä. Saimme työpajasta paljon myönteistä palautetta ja myös parannusehdotuksia, jotka tulemme huomioimaan ensi vuoden työpajan suunnittelussa ja järjestelyissä.

“All together, kiitos mahtavasta mahdollisuudesta. Sain uskoa omaan tekemiseen ja inspiraatiota jatkaa, jota tulin hakemaankin. Samoin sain niitä keskusteluja, joita väikkäriä tehdessä kokonaan korona-aikana, olen jäänyt kaipaamaan. Kaikki hakemani rahoitushakemukset ovat olleet tuottamattomia, joten usko omaan tutkimukseen ja uraan on ollut koetuksella. Tämä vahvisti uskoa itseen, tutkijan uraan ja tutkimukseeni todella paljon ja sain monta kivaa uutta kontaktia! Kiitos tosi paljon hyvin organisoidusta työpajasta ja jään odottamaan uusia kivoja tapahtumia!” – Palautekommentti osallistujalta

FinEdin esiseminaari Kasvatustieteen päivillä Oulun yliopistossa 23. marraskuuta

FinEdin esiseminaarin Values matter in education and research – Exploring the philosophical foundations of Educational Sciences aihe valittiin syksyllä 2021 väitöskirjatutkijoille osoitetun kyselyn vastausten pohjalta. Nimensä mukaisesti seminaari keskittyi arvoihin ja etiikkaan kasvatustieteellisen tutkimuksen tekemisessä. Esiseminaari rakentui kahdesta osasta, joista Oulun yliopiston professori Katariina Holman keynote-puhe Science, theories, and values järjestettiin hybridinä, jotta osallistuminen mahdollistuisi myös niille aiheesta kiinnostuneille, jotka eivät päässeet paikan päälle Ouluun. Keynote-osuuteen osallistui nelisenkymmentä kuulijaa, joista viitisentoista verkossa zoomin välityksellä. Lounaan jälkeen jatkoimme työpajaosuudella, johon osallistui kaksitoista väitöskirjatutkijaa eri jäsenyliopistoistamme. Palaute molemmista osista oli kiittävää. Erityismaininnan arvoinen on termi “Empathic-Relational-Dialogical Science”, jonka kehitti yksi työpajaan osallistunut pienryhmä!

“I think we need an interesting keynote who directs participants’ thoughts and reflection towards the topic. The keynote was a spot on.” – Palautekommentti osallistujalta

“I think workshop working as a whole is something we need as doctoral students. In workshops we get to know each other properly and get to share our thoughts on doing a PhD. There could even be more of such activity.” – Palautekommentti osallistujalta

Muuta vuoden varrella tapahtunutta

Kesäkuussa FinEd tuki Oppimis- ja oppimisvaikeustutkijatapaaminen 2022 -päivien järjestämistä rahoittamalla FinEd -keynotepuhujaksi ansioituneen nuoremman tutkijan KT Anna Widlundin Åbo Akademista. Anna puhui aiheesta Developmental dynamics between academic well-being and educational outcomes.

Syyslukukauden aikana FinEdin johtoryhmä on paneutunut tarkastelemaan yhteneväisyyksiä ja eroja artikkeliväitöskirjalle asetetuissa vaatimuksissa eri jäsenyliopistoissamme. Tämä vaatimusten yhtenäistämistä mahdollisesti tavoitteleva työ jatkuu edelleen.

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