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How is language related to power?

How is language related to power?

How is language, power, and language policy connected in the context of Finnish and Swedish schools? JustEd researcher Tuuli From (University of Helsinki) examines how national language policies in Finland and Sweden define spaces of education. In an article at the website Voices in Education, From shares her research findings on the roles of language policies in the construction of national […]

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School events are important for community spirit

By on 09.12.2016 in PhD thesis

News about celebrations and other events at Nordic schools often focus on a controversy over individual elements, such as whether a hymn can be sung or how the Christmas recital is organised. However,a new PhD thesis shows that when lower-secondary school pupils and teachers are asked about the significance of school-wide events, they take a broader […]

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Superior Westerners and inferior Others in Finnish school textbooks

By on 31.10.2016 in PhD thesis
Superior Westerners and inferior Others in Finnish school textbooks

How do Finnish school textbooks construct an understanding of the West and Western people as superior to others? This has been the main research question in JustEd member Pia Mikander’s doctoral dissertation ‘Westerners and Others in Finnish School Textbooks’ which she successfully defended at the University of Helsinki on October 28. JustEd member and Professor […]

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Students’ involvement in gender equality planning needs to be strengthened

Students’ involvement in gender equality planning needs to be strengthened

“Students in upper secondary educational institutions need to be more involved in the gender equality planning,” says JustEd member Elina Ikävalko, who will defend her dissertation on 2 September at the Institute of Behavioural Sciences, University of Helsinki. Currently, gender equality planning at upper secondary institutions, both general and vocational, is mostly focused on the […]

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“We need more nuanced knowledge about young immigrants in school”

By on 13.07.2016 in PhD thesis
“We need more nuanced knowledge about young immigrants in school”

Our schools play an important role in the integration of young immigrant children  into our Nordic s0cieties shows Michael Lindblad’s doctoral dissertation at the University of Umeå. Michael has studied problematic school-to-work transitions among young immigrant people in Sweden. The good news are that it would not have taken much investment of resources and effort to have prevented school […]

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Why projects crashes into speed bumps of teacher education

By on 15.06.2016 in PhD thesis
Why projects crashes into speed bumps of teacher education

“Considering how little we in fact know about teacher training’s impact on education, there seems to be a surprisingly strong tendency to think that teacher education is some sort of master key that can be easily used to change schools and society. Teacher education surely matters, but how and to what extent ­– that we […]

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Education as Finland’s hottest export?

By on 09.05.2016 in PhD thesis
Education as Finland’s hottest export?

In a new dissertation Finland’s newly emerging business sectors, education export, is critically investigated. In the dissertation “Education as Finland’s hottest export? A multi-faceted case study on Finnish national education export policies” JustEd member Monika Schatz combines three case studies that explore opportunities and challenges of Finland’s education export from different angles. Taken together, the three case […]

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Doctoral thesis about school choice appealed to media in Finland

Doctoral thesis about school choice appealed to media in Finland

The doctoral dissertation of Sonja Kosunen, member of JustEd team 1, has gained a lot of attention from the Finnish media in January. Her dissertation “Families and the social space of school choice in Urban Finland” sheds light on the school choices made by families in the city of Espoo in the Helsinki metropolitan area. […]

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Getting accepted into upper secondary education is challenging for young people with special needs

By on 03.12.2015 in PhD thesis
Getting accepted into upper secondary education is challenging for young people with special needs

“For many young people, regarded as having special educational needs, applying and being accepted into upper secondary education seems to be complex and challenging,” says Anna-Maija Niemi, member of JustEd team 4. She will defend her doctoral dissertation at University of Helsinki on 18 December at 12:00. In the dissertation she has focused on special […]

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Gender, body, desire, and technology

By on 29.10.2015 in PhD thesis
Gender, body, desire, and technology

Research on gender and technology often investigates the ‘failure’ of linking women/femininity to technology. “In my PhD thesis I, instead, adopt a perspective inspired by queer theory and focus on norms that articulate masculinity with technology,” says PhD Andreas Ottemo, University of Gothenburg, and member of JustEd team 6. “Considering the critique that research on gender […]

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