Tag: dissertation

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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Challenging ‘common sense’ at Nordic youth conference

Challenging ‘common sense’ at Nordic youth conference

“This is an excellent opportunity for us to share our research and exchange knowledge with an active and engaged group of Nordic youths,” says Fritjof Sahlström, JustEd team leader and Professor, Åbo Akademi. Together with several top researchers from the JustEd centre, Fritjof will lead a special 7 hour long workshop on social justice and social […]

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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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“This is a good read for anyone interested in knowing ‘what’s going on’ in the Finnish field of urban studies in education”

“This is a good read for anyone interested in knowing ‘what’s going on’ in the Finnish field of urban studies in education”

JustEd members Sonja Kosunen and Piia Seppänen have together with Venla Bernelius edited a special issue of the Finnish Journal of Education (Kasvatus) on school choice, urban schooling and educational outcomes. Researchers from several different fields and universities have joined forces in creating bridges between different disciplines and research traditions in this special issue of the journal. “There are dramatic variations in […]

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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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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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Classroom matters: Children as ethnographers in the classroom

Classroom matters: Children as ethnographers in the classroom

A new laptop in the classroom led to ten months of diaries written by children. The diaries are the important data of JustEd member Riikka Hohti’s doctoral dissertation. “I used to teach on the third grade in elementary school. I wanted to listen to the children, but there were no time, no space. There were […]

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Two intensive and succesful days – the JustEd Conference gathered 150 participants

Two intensive and succesful days – the JustEd Conference gathered 150 participants

“We are part of a silent social movement,” said Professor Heidi Safia Mirza in her opening keynote speach at the JustEd pre-conference “Actors for Social Justice in Education” on the International Women’s Day 8 March in Helsinki. Approximately 120 professionals and students who had gathered in Helsinki 8-9 March to take part in the JustEd Conference. Issues […]

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Heteronormativity, ethnicity and social hierarchies under scrutiny in recently published doctoral dissertations

By on 16.06.2014 in PhD thesis

Several JustEd members have successfully defended their doctoral dissertations in the last couple of weeks. Jón Ingvar Kjaran defended his dissertation “Queering the Icelandic upper secondary schools: Heteronormative discourse and the experiences of queer students in Icelandic upper secondary schools” at the University of Iceland on 3 June 2014. In his dissertation, Kjaran focuses on […]

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