Who we are – people of the HET research group

Research activities in HET research group are organized around thematic subgroups and teams formed by researchers working in the same HE research topic. Below you can find short introductions of the people belonging to the HET research group. If you want to hear more or would like to join the HET research group, please don`t hesitate to contact us!


VesaVesa Korhonen (PhD, Docent, HET group leader)

Expertise areas: Challenges of internationalisation in higher education (HE), questions of academic mobility, guidance and counseling in HE, pathways and routes to HE, student engagement and progression in HE, educational exclusion and drop-outs in HE, digital learning environments in university teaching, teacher’s and researcher’s identities in HE, generally questions of professional development and career paths (like mentoring and diversity management in organisations).

Current research and activities in HET-group: Researching student engagement, drop-out risks, international students’ academic and sociocultural integration and internationalisation in university strategies and teaching practice, supervising theses and dissertations, team leader of the “internationalisation” and “student experience and learning” teams.

Additional information: Data available for theses and dissertations: quantitative Nexus-questionnaire data from several years from the first year students’ engagement (more information from the Nexus-questionnaire in Finnish: http://blogs.uta.fi/nexus-opas/), also student interview data from disrupted pathways in HE (more information by request).

Contact details: vesa.a.korhonen@staff.uta.fi

Publications: see SoleCris


Marita_Makinen_130x170_sininenMarita Mäkinen (PhD, Professor, HET group leader)
Expertise areas: Teacher education, inclusive education, curriculum, teaching and learning, engagement, multiliteracies.
Current activities and research  in HET group: Leader of the HET group, member in the “curriculum and learning communities”, “student experience and learning” and “spaces of education” teams; conducting research on curriculum development, teacher education, inclusive education, multiliteracies; supervising theses and dissertations.
Contact details: marita.makinen@staff.uta.fi, http://www.uta.fi/edu/yhteystiedot/henkilokunta/makinenmarita.html
Publications: see SoleCris

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Pauliina Alenius (PhD, Post-Doctoral Researcher)
Expertise areas: Transnational learning environments, multicultural education.
Current research and activities in HET-group: Postdoctoral researcher, research on transnational educational and professional space. Member of the “internationalisation” team.
Contact details: pauliina.alenius@uta.fi
Publications: see SoleCris
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Johanna Annala (PhD, Docent, University Lecturer)
Expertise areas: Teaching and learning in higher education; curriculum studies, research-teaching nexus, student and staff engagement, guidance and counselling, personal development planning, communities of practice in higher education.
Current research and activities in HET-group: Working with ongoing curriculum research, team leader in the “curriculum and learning communities” team, coordinator of a multidisciplinary network of Tampere3 researchers, supervision of theses, dissertations and collaborative development projects.
Contact details: johanna.annala@uta.fi
Publications: see SoleCris

Yuzhuo Cai (PhD, Docent, Senior lecturer, School of Management)

Expertise areas: Main teaching and research areas are organization theory, higher education policy and management, internationalization of higher education and innovation studies, with 7 books/report and over 50 peer reviewed articles published in these fields. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Administrative Sciences and two Master’s degrees respectively in Comparative and International Education and in Psychology.
Current activities and research in HET group: Member and senior researcher in the “internationalisation” team.   He is a guest professor at the Institute of International and Comparative Education, Beijing Normal University, China and holds several positions of trust in international higher education networks.
Contact details: yuzhuo.cai@staff.uta.fi
Academic profile and publications:

JoukoJouseaJouko Jousea (MA, PhD Candidate)
Expertise areas: Digital learning environments, blogs as learning environment, self-regulation, pedagogic theory, didactics.
Current research and activities in HET-group: Under investigation are several cases in Finnish universities where blogs are used as triggering learning environments for supporting students’ active learning and citizenship. Subject of study includes three important factors for university students’ learning: teacher’s pedagogical practices, learning environments and student self-regulation. Member of “student experience and
learning” an “spaces of education” teams.
Contact details: Jousea.Jouko.O@student.uta.fi
 

anne jyrkiäinenAnne Jyrkiäinen (PhD, University Lecturer)

Expertise areas: Multiliteracy, curriculum, collaborative teaching and learning, teacher education.

Current research and activities in HET-group: Working with ongoing multiliteracy research, educational design research and teacher education research. Member of “spaces of education” team.

Contact details: anne.jyrkiainen@staff.uta.fi
http://www.uta.fi/edu/yhteystiedot/henkilokunta/jyrkiainen.html


Publications: see SoleCris


Tiina Kujala (PhD, Senior Lecturer)

Expertise areas: Curriculum, curriculum studies, parity and equality, physical education in teacher education.

Current research and activities in HET-group: Working with ongoing curriculum research, supervising theses. Member of the “curriculum and learning communities” team.

Additional information: Data available for theses: qualitative interviews on using technology in physical education, a model for content analysis in national core curriculum research, also quantitative data collected by Research Center for Sport and Health Sciences (LIKES in Jyväskylä). Ask for more information if you became interested.

Contact details: tiina.h.kujala@staff.uta.fi, http://www.uta.fi/edu/yhteystiedot/henkilokunta/kujala.html

Publications: see SoleCris


Jyri Lindén (PhD, University Lecturer)

Photo 14.10.2015 9.52.43Expertise areas: Academic practice courses (university pedagogy) at UTA, HE curriculum and technology enhanced learning environments.
Current research and activities in HET-group:  Contact person for the research group communications and a member of the steering group. Team leader of the “spaces of education” team and a member of the “curriculum and learning communities” team. Ongoing research: a) curriculum in higher education, b) research-teaching nexus, c) new generations and HE institutions.
Additional information: Data available for theses and dissertations: interview data on teachers’ and students’ perceptions of curriculum change in HE, teacher interviews (primary and secondary level), statistical data on the background, interests, and study expectations of the applicants for primary level teacher education.
Contact details: jyri.linden@staff.uta.fi

Juha Himanka (PhD, Docent, University lecturer)juha-himanka-pienempi
Expertise areas:Teaching and learning in higher education, history and philosophy of higher education
Current research and activities in HET -group: Member of spaces of education and curriculum team.

Susanna MikkonenSusanna Mikkonen (MA, PhD Candidate)

 

Expertise areas: Educational inheritance, social mobility, student engagement, narrative research.

Current research and activities in HET-group: Working on my doctoral dissertation “working class first generation university students in Finland”, team member in the “student experience and learning” team.

Contact details: mikkonen.m.susanna@student.uta.fi


terhimantylaTerhi Mäntylä (PhD, Docent, University Lecturer)
Expertise areas: Science and mathematics education, especially didactical physics.
Current research and activities in HET-group: Pre-service science and mathematics teacher education, conceptual change and concept learning at the university level. Co-leader of the “student experience and learning” team.
Contact details: terhi.mantyla@uta.fi
 Publications: see SoleCris

Sirpa Mäkinen (PhD, University Lecturer)
Expertise areas: Open university as a learning, studying and teaching context; marginality in education, learning and work.
Current research and activities in HET-group: Analyzing learning diaries written by Open University students in 90’s and 2010’s from the points of views of learning orientations, meanings and experiences. Member in the “student experience and learning” team.
Contact details: sirpa.h.makinen@uta.fi
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Anne Tornberg (PhD Candidate)
Expertise areas: Acculturation, higher education, immigrant teacher, multiculturalism, teachers’ professional development, tertiary education.
Current research and activities in HET-group: Working with ongoing doctoral thesis articles focusing on immigrant University of Applied Sciences (UAS, higher education) teachers’ acculturation path and professional development in Finland. Member of the “internationalisation” team.
Contact details:tornberg.anne.m@student.uta.fi

Kuva1Gaoming Zheng (MA of Research and Innovation in Higher Education (MARIHE) Programme, PhD Candidate, School of Management)

Expertise areas: Her main research area are doctoral education, internationalisation of higher education, quality assurance, EU-China collaboration and institutional theory.

Current activities and research in HET group: Member in the “internationalisation” team. Currently she is working on her doctoral research on quality assurance of doctoral education collaboration between Europe and China. She is also involved in a European-Commission-funded ‘Erasmus +’ project, the ‘EU-China-Doc Project’.

Contact details: Zheng.Gaoming.X@student.uta.fi

Publications: https://uta-fi.academia.edu/gaomingzheng


tanja-hautala-2016-muutettu-kokoTanja Hautala (MNSc, PhD Candidate)

Expertise areas: Guidance and counselling, professional agency, expertise development, mixed method –research.

Current research and activities in HET-group: Working on my doctoral dissertation “The experience of professional agency and guidance expertise of the guidance counsellors in Finnish universities of applied science”, team member in the “student experience and learning” team.

Contact details: hautala.tanja.m@student.uta.fi

 

 


 

Tahani Fourah (MA, PhD candidate)tahani-photo

Expertise areas: Technology in Education, Technology Acceptance, Learning Motivation, Professional Development, Higher Education

Current research and activities in the HET -group: Member in “internationalisation” team. Working on my doctoral research “Investigating Cloud Computing Acceptance and Adoption at Tampere3 Universities”

Contact details: Al.Dahdouh.Tahani.Z@student.uta.fi
Publications:  https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Tahani_Fourah

 


Satu Niittylahti (PhD Candidate)satu-niittylahti-rajattu

Expertise areas: student engagement, vocational upper secondary education

Current research and activities in HET-group: Working on my doctoral dissertation “student engagement in vocational education”, member of the “spaces of education” team.

Contact details: niittylahti.satu.m@student.uta.fi

 


Suvi Taipale (PhD Candidate)suvi-muotokuva2-pienempi

Expertise areas: Teacher education, induction of teaching

Current research and activities in HET-group: Professional learning of beginning teachers and pre-service teachers.
Member of the “spaces of education” team

Contact details: taipale.suvi.t@student.uta.fi

 


Jaana Alajoki (PhD Candidate)jaana-muotokuva-pieni

Expertise areas: Inclusive education, engagement
Current research and activities in HET-group: Working on my doctoral dissertation “Towards an inclusive pedagogy at junior high school”, member in the “spaces of education” team.
Contact details: alajoki.jaana.s@student.uta.fi
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Vesna Holubek (MA, PhD Candidate)
Expertise areas: Internationalisation in higher education, student identities, neoliberal reforms in higher education
Current research and activities in HET-group: Member of the “internationalisation” team. Currently working on her doctoral research “Crafting student identities in the context of neoliberal reforms in higher education: focus on Tampere3 merger process”. Also involved in development cooperation project “Online Training of Trainers: Initiative to Develop Pedagogical Practices in Palestinian Higher Education (eTraining FinPal)”.

Contact details: Vesna.Holubek@uta.fi

 


Virva Törmälä (PhD Candidate)

Expertise areas: technology integration in primary school, multiliteracies related pedagogics, design-based educational research, new national core curriculum and transversal competence areas

Current research and activities in HET-group: Working on my doctoral dissertation “Multiliteracies within teaching contexts: ePortfolio in integrative Craft and Mother tongue education”, member of the “Spaces of education” team.

Contact details: tormala.virva.k@student.uta.fi