Team 4 Analysing educational cultures and the construction of learner subjectivities

Analysing educational cultures and the construction of learner subjectivities

Team 4 is a multidisciplinary team. Its researchers represent the fields of education, sociology, social psychology, gender studies and disability studies and childhood studies. The research of the team members’ focuses on cultural processes and participants’ perspectives on the educational system, from early childhood education to higher education. It aims to analyse how different social and cultural factors, such as gender, ethnicity, social class and disability, are intertwined and constructed in institutional and in informal educational contexts and how they relate to the construction of learner subjectivities. The aim is to identify and describe cultural processes in relation to educational equality and inequality by making visible complex power relations in the cultural phenomena that are usually taken for granted.

Educational inequality is approached by studying the education and social situations of marginalized groups. Examples from current research include research with Roma, people with learning disabilities, migrant groups and individuals living in segregated and territorially stigmatized areas on the outskirts of our major cities and people living in isolated and thinly populated areas well away from the urban reach. However, as well as analyzing how these groups lead their educational lives and what affects their learning and learning possibilities we are also involved in studying the normativities which are considered natural, self-evident and inevitable about these groups and individuals and how these are constructed in educational practices and discourses.

Ethnography is a shared methodological interest for many team members. A special commitment of team 4 is therefore to develop new ways to conduct cross-cultural ethnography where participants’ experiences and narrations are reflected against current educational policies and politics in Nordic countries. Possibilities to extend the life cycle of and generalization possibilities for ethnographic data and analyses is another methodological commitment of the team.

Data generated in Finnish Academy funded projects as well as projects funded by the Swedish Research council have been archived and will be jointly re-analysed using a way of working with ethnographic materials that has been used before in the team.  Members of the team also seek to develop and broaden approaches within ethnography. This includes participatory ethnographic work, where knowledge is produced dialogically together with research participants. Participatory methodologies are also critically reflected on: what does it mean ethically and practically to involve participants in knowledge production and research.

Team  members

Dennis Beach, Professor (Team leader)
Department of Education and Special Education, University of Gothenburg
dennis.beach(a)ped.gu.se
Changing higher education: Reforms, effects, consequences

Joanna Giota, Professor in Education
Department of Education and Special Education, University of Gothenburg
University of Gothenburg
joanna.giota(a)ped.gu.se
Consequences of individualized teaching for students’ motivation to learn and achievements over 50 years – educational reforms and societal changes (IMP)

Hanna Guttorm, Postdoctoral researcher
Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Helsinki
hanna.guttorm(a)helsinki.fi
Lost and Found (and Lost again) in autoethnographic Writing

Katariina Hakala, PhD, researcher
Centre for Research and Development, FAIDD (Finnish Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities)
katariina.hakala(a)kvl.fi
Experiences of citizenship and inclusion /exclusion processes in society. Inclusive research with people living in disability services

Jenni  Helakorpi, PhD student
Faculty of Educational Sciences,  University of Helsinki
jenni.helakorpi(a)helsinki.fi
Subjectivities in the making in encounters between Roma families and schools in Nordic context

Riikka Hohti, PhD student
Department of Teacher Education, University of Helsinki
riikka.hohti(a)helsinki.fi
Children as ethnographers in classroom – making space for narrative voices of knowing

Aarno Kauppila, PhD student
Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Helsinki
aarno.kauppila(a)helsinki.fi
Citizenship, its ideals and differences.

Yvonne Karlsson, Postdoctoral researcher
Department of Education and Special Education, University of Gothenburg
Yvonne.karlsson(a)ped.gu.se
Organisational implications of special teaching groups

Sirpa Lappalainen, Docent, University Researcher
Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Helsinki
sirpa.lappalainen(a)helsinki.fi
Citizenship and ideals of the body: physical education in the life course, PI

Kristina Ledman, Senior research assistant
Department of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies
kristina.ledman(a)umu.se

Reetta Mietola, Postdoctoral researcher
Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Helsinki
reetta.mietola(a)helsinki.fi
Becoming subjects ‘with learning disabilities’: Young adults with learning disabilities, life histories and everyday living in the context of changing disability policy and society

Anna-Maija Niemi,  Postdoctoral researcher
Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Helsinki
anna-maija.niemi(a)helsinki.fi
Employability, education and diversities

Mattias Nylund, Postdoctoral researcher
Department of Education and Special Education, University of Gothenburg
mattias.nylund(a)ped.gu.se
Social class, education justice and vocational education and training

Elina Paju, Postdoctoral researcher
Department of Social Research, University of Helsinki
elina.paju(a)helsinki.fi
Becoming Autonomous? An Ethnography on Objects, Technologies and Children.

Antti Teittinen, Research Manager, Docent
Centre for Research and Development , FAIDD (Finnish Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities)
Categorizing and statistics of special education pupils in transitions from compulsory to post-compulsory level.

Touko Vaahtera, PhD student
Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Helsinki
evaahter(a)mappi.helsinki.fi
Governing the adultable-body: tracing the genealogy of the discourses on swimming skill

 

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