Lauri Hietajärvi

M.Ed. (Educational Psychology), class teacher, Ph.D. Student.

Areas of interest: socio-digital participation, creative learning, technology-mediated learning, knowledge practices, motivation & emotion, well-being, person-oriented approaches

Lauri Hietajärvi is a doctoral student at the Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland, and currently working mostly with Mind the Gap -project data.

At the moment he is busy with exploring the various ways young people engage in socio-digital participation also outside of educational contexts, and further how these are interconnected with adolescents other spheres of life, such as academic and emotional functioning. Methodologically he is interested in combining various approaches from content-rich qualitative methods to longitudinal and person-oriented statistical methods.

Lauri Hietajärvi

The debate on Digital Natives vs Digital Immigrants has been going on for a while now. This is our contribution from the viewpoint of what engages digital natives, published in new edition of the International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences. Surveying the research literature, we present findings as to what pursuits digital natives […]

A new paper has just been published by the Mind the Gap -crew in The Finnish Journal of Education. The aim of this study was to examine how sixth-graders engage in socio-digital participation and whether there are differences between gender or students with different interests. Also, the aim was to investigate the relationships between socio-digital […]

A new study from the educational psychology research group in University of Helsinki has been published in Creative Education Journal. In their study, Iida Vedenpää and Kirsti Lonka explored what kinds of conceptions of creativity and learning do Finnish teachers and teacher students express. The study also aimed to find out do teachers and student […]

Learning researcher, psychologist and professor Kai Hakkarainen wants to shake up the notion of learning as a permanent, intrinsic ability or talent which predetermines the level of achievement attainable for a person. Professor of Education Kai Hakkarainen will give his inaugural lecture on 3 December from 14.45 in the Runeberg hall. The Finnish-language lecture will […]

Markus Talvio (M.Ed), will defend the doctoral dissertation entitled “How do teachers benefit from training on social interaction skills? – Developing and utilising an instrument for the evaluation of teachers’ social and emotional learning” in the Faculty of Behavioural Sciences, University of Helsinki, on 29 November 2014 at 12:00. The public examination will take place […]

A question that we get frequently asked (as we happen to work with issues related to young people’s technology mediated practices), is that what good does adding technology to classrooms do? Or more precisely, does technology have an positive impact on learning? However, as i see it, that question is quite irrelevant. In this post i will shortly explain why.