In English

Dear participant at the Finnish Annual Congress of Educational Research,
you will find a list of presentations (abstracts) in English in the following file:
Presentations in English (251109)

In addition, the main panel of the opening day will be held in English.

”Education through Other Eyes”

The Finnish Annual Congress of Educational Research (Kasvatustieteen päivät) will take place on Thursday and Friday November 26 and 27 at the University of Tampere. It is organised by the Department of Education (Uni Tampere) and the Finnish Educational Research Association (FERA).

This year’s major educational gathering in Finland has been given the general topic ”Education through Other Eyes”. The slogan refers to the aim to seek different and diverse perspectives on today’s education and educational institutions. This aim and idea is clearly present in the opening panel ”Cultures in Education — Perspectives on differences & commonalities” which brings together participants from abroad and from Finland with expertise on crosscultural work and knowledge of different cultural settings. The second panel on the following day will discuss ”The Future of vocational and professional education in multicultural Finland” (in Finnish). By replacing traditional keynote presentations by panel discussions, the organisers have decided to emphasise the value of dialogues.

Multicultural exchange and diversifying contexts of education set new challenges for traditional ways and practices in education. Thus it has become essential to recognize, understand and assess different cultures in education. In addition to multicultural, multiethnic, inter- and transnational perspectives, and questions of social diversity and educational inclusion, looking at education through (an)other’s eye(s) calls also for cross- and multidisciplinary dialogues.



The site of the congress is the main campus near to the Tampere city center.

University of Tampere homepage:
Directions and maps:

City of Tampere:
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You should register for the conference by filling out the following registration form:

The form is unfortunately available in Finnish only.
If you have problems in completing the registration, please just send us the following details:
full name, postal address, email, affiliation, special dietary needs (the registration fee covers two coffee breaks, two lunches and the evening reception on Thursday).

Send this information to:

(Or call: +358 40 1904 073 / Ms. Riikka Salokangas)

Note that the deadline for the early bird registration, which entitles you to a reduced rate, is at the end of October.

Registration fees are:
70 euros for graduate and doctoral students (110 euros after October)
130 euros for members of the Educational Society (180 e)
160 euros for all others (200 e)

Please pay the registration fee to:
NORDEA 166030-117211.

Make sure that your name appears in the payment.
The recipient of the payment is the Department of Education, University of Tampere.
Please add also the index number (”viitenumero”):

If you are paying abroad, use the following international bank codes and details:
Nordea Bank Finland PLC
Aleksanterinkatu 36
FIN-00020 Nordea
Bank account number: 166030-117211
IBAN: FI8716603000117211

Please get in touch if these instructions are unclear.


Program and language

The general program will be in Finnish. However, the opening panel will be held in English (see the page on panels and visitors for details) and there is a possibility to present a paper in English in some of the thematic groups.

If you are interested in participating with an abstract proposal and paper presentation in English, Swedish or some other language, please see the thematic group list below and contact the group chair(s) through the given e-mail address to inquire on this and ask for guidelines.

There is no unitary language policy for all of the thematic groups. Finnish will be the main working language, but some will have sessions also in English. There is also a possibility to offer a single paper in English (and with discussion in English) even if the group is otherwise organised in Finnish.


Thematic groups (working groups)

Adult education (Aikuiskasvatus) / Petri Salo (ÅA)

Vocational and professional education (Ammattikasvatus) / Petri Nokelainen (TaY)

Ethnography (Etnografia) / Leena Rantala (TaY) & Anna Virkama (TaY)
leena.marjut.rantala(at), anna.virkama(at)

Inclusive diversity and differences in education (Inklusiivinen erilaisuus kasvatuksessa) / Marita Mäkinen, Esko Nikander & Tuula Pantzar (TaY)
marita.makinen(at), esko.nikander(at), tuula.pantzar(at)

Leadership and pedagogical development of professional communities (JOhtajuus ja työyhteisöjen pedagoginen kehittäminen) / Eeva Hujala (TaY) & Soili Keskinen (TY)
eeva.hujala(at), soili.keskinen(at)

Civic/citizenship education (Kansalaiskasvatus) / Riitta Korhonen (TY/ROKL) & Leena Lestinen (JY/KTL)
riitta.korhonen(at), leena.lestinen(at)

Education and educational institutions from the perspective of children & childhood (Kasvatus ja kasvatusinstituutiot lapsen ja lapsuuden näkökulmasta) / Kirsti Karila (TaY) & Maarit Alasuutari (TaY)
maarit.alasuutari(at), kirsti.karila(at)

Methodologies of research in the theory of education (Kasvatustieteen teoriantutkimuksen metodologia) / Katariina Holma (HY) & Kaisu Luoma (HY)
katariina.holma(at), kaisu.luoma(at)

History and philosophy of education (Kasvatushistoria ja -filosofia) / Rainer Aaltonen (TaY), Anja Heikkinen (TaY) & Veli-Matti Värri (TaY)

Education for Sustainable Development, including Environmental Education in broad sense (Kestävän kehityksen ja ympäristökasvatuksen tutkimuksen teemaryhmä) / Mauri Åhlberg (HY) & Taina Kaivola (HY)
mauri.ahlberg(at), taina.kaivola(at)

Language and culture education (Kieli- ja kulttuurikasvatus) / Pauli Kaikkonen (JY) & Riitta Jaatinen (TaY)
riitta.jaatinen(at), pauli.kaikkonen(at) (voimassa 1.8. alkaen)

Pedagogy in higher education (university pedagogy) (Korkeakoulupedagogiikka) / Mari Käki (TaY)

Higher education and transition to world of work  (Korkeakoulusta työelämään) / Antero Puhakka (JoY), Juhani Rautopuro (JoY) & Päivi Vuorinen (JY)

Schools and teacher education in dialogue (Koulu ja opettajankoulutus vuoropuhelussa) / Tuula Laes (ROKL), Anna-Raija Nummenmaa (TaY), Tiina Soini (TaY) & Sari Yrjänäinen (TaY)

Evaluation of education (Koulutuksen arviointi) / Esko Korkeakoski (JY) & Heikki Lyytinen (JY)
esko.korkeakoski(at), heikki.k.lyytinen(at)

Educational sociology and policy research (Koulutussosiologia ja -poltiiikka) / Janne Varjo & Jaakko Kauko

Education, knowledge and time order (Koulutus, tieto ja ajan järjestykset) / Virve Kallioniemi-Chambers & Pia Vuolanto (TaY)
virve.kallioniemi-chambers(at), pia.vuolanto(at)

Critical pedagogy (Kriittinen pedagogiikka) / Tapio Aittola (JY) & Juha Suoranta (TaY)
tapio.aittola(at), juha.suoranta(at)

Critical arts education (Kriittinen taidekasvatus) / Jussi Mäkelä (TaY) & Jouko Pullinen (TaY)
jussi.p.makela(at), jouko.pullinen(at)

Intercultural and transnational communication in Finland — challenges in different vocations (Kulttuurienvälinen ja ylirajainen viestintä Suomessa — tarpeet eri ammateissa) / Niina Kovalainen (TaY) & Elisa Keski-Hirvelä (TaY)

Quantitative research (Kvantitatiivinen tutkimus) / Päivi Atjonen (JoY)

Research in physical culture and education (Liikuntakulttuurin ja -kasvatuksen tutkimus) / Tiina Kujala (TaY) & Liisa Hakala (HY)

Mathematics education (Matematiikkakasvatus) / Harry Silfverberg (TaY)

Media education (Mediakasvatus) / Reijo Kupiainen (TaY / Suomen Akatemia) & Timo Portimojärvi (TaY)
reijo.kupiainen(at), timo.portimojarvi(at)

Multiculturalism and education (Monikulttuurisuus ja koulutus) / Pauliina Järvinen-Alenius (TaY), Pirkko Pitkänen (TaY) & Nelli Piattoeva (TaY)
pauliina.jarvinen-alenius(at), pirkko.pitkanen(at), nelli.piattoeva(at)

Guidance and counselling in education and work (Ohjaus koulutuksessa ja työelämässä) / Vesa Korhonen (TaY) & Sauli Puukari (JY)
vesa.a.korhonen(at), puukari(at)

Family and education (Perhe ja kasvatus) / Ilse Eriksson (HY) & Eija Sevón (JY)
ilse.eriksson(at), eija.sevon(at)

Social education and its methodologies — perspectives from Latin America and other Romanic-speaking areas (Sosiaalinen kasvatus ja sen metodologiat — näkökulmia Latinalaisesta Amerikasta ja muulta romaaniselta kielialueelta) / Leena Kurki & Sanna Ryynänen (TaY)

Gender in education (Sukupuoli kasvatuksessa ja koulutuksessa) / Hanna Ojala & Marjo Vuorikoski  (TaY)

Narrative research and methodological diversity (Tutkimusotteet toisin silmin) / Hannu L. T. Heikkinen (JY)  & Leena Syrjälä (OY)

Comparative education (Vertaileva kasvatus ja koulutustutkimus) / Johanna Kallo (TY) & Nelli Piattoeva (TaY)
johanna.kallo(at), nelli.piattoeva(at)

Interaction research in education (Vuorovaikutustutkimus) / Anna-Maija Puroila (OY) & Inger Österlund (ÅA)

Entrepreneurship education (Yrittäjyyskasvatus) / Heleena Lehtonen (TaY) & Helena Lehkonen (TaY)


Some thematic group descriptions:

Multiculturalism and Education / Pauliina Järvinen-Alenius (TaY), Pirkko Pitkänen (TaY) & Nelli Piattoeva (TaY)
pauliina.jarvinen-alenius(at), pirkko.pitkanen(at), nelli.piattoeva(at)

The group deals with issues concerning multiculturalism and education as well as educational challenges related to transnational mobility. Finland is a multicultural country not only due to increasing immigration but also because of traditional cultural and linguistic minorities. Transnational mobility is nowadays more diverse than before: some migrants adopt transnational lifestyles while some transmigrate between countries and some are seasonal migrants. Education also faces new challenges and opportunities related to transnational lives of migrants and multicultural student groups. How education can assist in building a truly multicultural and plural society?

In the group, it is discussed how one should take into account the effects of transnational mobility and multiculturalism to education — or how these issues are dealt with in education? What kind of competences are needed in nationally, linguistically and culturally diverse working environments? How the special needs of multicultural groups should/are addressed in educational policies, and how these policies support the development of multicultural societies? The conveners of the working group invite papers regarding multiculturalism, education (in all fields) as well as transnational mobility.

Comparative education / Johanna Kallo (TY) & Nelli Piattoeva (TaY)
johanna.kallo(at), nelli.piattoeva(at)

National educational policies have become ever more interconnected with global economy and competitiveness. At the same time, it has been stated that national educational policies and practices can no longer be adequately explored without addressing the global context. Thus a fundamental challenge for comparative research lies in constructing a viable analytical framework which incorporates local, national, regional and international dimensions. After all, national educational policies comprise interdependent and often contradictory policies whose actors differ in terms of their geopolitics, ideology and power positions.

The convenors of the working group invite papers from a wide scope of comparative research into education. We welcome papers which analyze the spread of supranational policies and their recontextualization in national settings; supranational educational governance, ideologies and the agendas of international agencies, such as the OECD, the World Bank, the EU and others. The conference papers may also present critical evaluation of the uneven distribution of supranational educational ideals and their coupling with educational aid, drawing, for instance, upon the concept of policy loan. We also invite methodological and theoretical papers and those which address the role and utilization of comparative research for political purposes in light of the rise of evidenced based policy and international assessment studies.

The language of the working group is Finnish and English.

History and philosophy of education (Kasvatushistoria ja -filosofia) / Rainer Aaltonen (TaY), Anja Heikkinen (TaY) & Veli-Matti Värri (TaY)

Trans-nationalization of qualification frameworks, like the EQF for lifelong learning in the EU, indicates the globalisation of competence markets, where people are classified according to their learnability and employability. Can historical and philosophical research valorise the underpinning politics and educational implications of contemporary transformations?
We welcome historically and philosophically oriented presentations, which also question the role of research and researchers in shaping the future and political determination of education.


General submission guidelines for abtracts:

– Body text font Times New Roman 12 with a max. length 200 words.
– Title font 14 (in bold)
– Author’s contact details (institutional affiliation, postal address, telephone number and email)
– Please indicate whether you present research findings or a starting project.
– Submit your abstract by email as an rtf-, doc- or pdf attachment. When saving the document, please begin the file name with your surname.

Submission deadline is September 10, 2009.



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