Juli-Anna Aerila

Juli-Anna Aerila
University of Turku | UTU · Department of Teacher Education

PhD, MA

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August 2012 - present
Satakunta University of Applied Sciences, Rauma
Position
  • Lecturer
Description
  • Teaching Finnish Communication Skills
August 2005 - present
University of Turku
Position
  • Senior Lecturer of the mother tongue and literature
Description
  • Teaching class teacher and kindergarten students. The head of all courses on practicing teaching in class teacher education. Courses in early childhood education.
August 1991 - May 2007
City of Rauma, Finland
Position
  • Lecturer
Description
  • Teaching the mother tongue and literature and drama.

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Publications (49)
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Tässä tutkimuksessa selvitettiin suomalaisten koulujen kirjavalikoimien monikielisyyttä sekä opettajien kokemuksia koulujensa luokka- ja koulukirjastojen laadusta. Kyselyyn vastasi ala- ja yläkoulujen opettajia ympäri Suomea (N = 83). Opettajat olivat koulukirjastoihin enemmän tyytyväisiä kuin luokkakirjastoihin: puolet alakoulun opettajista ja yli...
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Using literature in multilingual and second language classes promotes literacy skills and helps children to adapt to second language instruction. This chapter presents the theoretical framework and practical implementations for enhancing the use of literature in multilingual environments employing Stories Make Readers (StoRe)–project as an example....
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Artikkelissa kuvataan vuosiluokkien 1−3 oppilaiden kokemuksia etäopetuksesta. Tutkimus pohjaa Distant Learning -tutkimusryhmän keräämään aineistoon, johon on koottu eri-ikäisten oppilaiden, opettajien ja huoltajien kokemuksia kevään 2020 etäopiskelujaksosta. Tässä artikkelissa tutkimusaineistona käytetään perusopetuksen alimpien luokkien oppilaiden...
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This article aims to illustrate a 7-month trial of digital book subscription services in teacher education. Student teachers of the University of Turku in Finland were encouraged to implement the service as part of their free time reading. The experiences of the digital subscription service were investigated using a questionnaire, and data were ana...
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Narratives in diverse forms are strong forces in children’s lives. Children learn concepts and phrases closely connected to stories, consider moral dilemmas, and tell stories of their daily lives and significant events; they dance, play, dramatize, and develop fantasy worlds through stories while processing information and developing new skills. Th...
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Stories can play important roles in helping children cope with problems and overcome challenges. When young children make connections between themselves and story characters, they can use those connections to learn that other people face similar problems and gain inspiration for overcoming difficulties. Bibliotherapy, the therapeutic use of stories...
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Arts-based approaches can enhance understanding among all children in the group as well as the educators and can further develop children’s thinking while making learning more child-centered. Incorporating arts-based tasks with stories is both enjoyable and effective for all children. In different arts-based and holistic learning processes, stories...
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Stories and mathematics are often seen as incompatible. This misconception is arguably caused by the way mathematics is perceived only as a collection of formulae, largely abstract and void of meaningful context. However, many previous studies provide evidence that connecting stories and mathematics together is beneficial to both literacy and mathe...
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This study explores the characteristics of the teacher evaluation model in Finland. Highlighting the unique qualities of the Finnish case, we also compare these teacher evaluation practices with the increasingly applied value-added model (VAM) for teacher evaluation across the globe. Our analysis revealed that the Finnish Model prioritises teacher...
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This book is based on the power of stories to support children in all areas of their lives. It examines the role narratives can play in encouraging growth in contexts and domains such as personal and family identity, creative movement, memory and self-concept, social relationships, or developing a sense of humor. Each chapter describes innovative a...
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We have conducted several studies in Finland on primary school pupils’ reading skills and attitudes towards reading. Results show that girls have better reading skills and more positive attitudes than boys. However, boys’ confidence in their reading skills is high and they assess their skills better than they actually are. Boys have negative opinio...
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This study aims to examine how designing and making humorous craft products can be connected to storytelling. The study involved 17 preschoolers who were tasked to design a soft toy that would make others laugh. The brainstorming was supported by collaborative and individual activities (e.g., discussions and sketching). The preschoolers told humoro...
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Using and understanding humor is important for every child. Humor enhances well-being and helps children cope with different situations they face in social interaction. However, children’s humor is not widely researched. In this study, we investigate the humor of Finnish children and evaluate, whether there are gender differences in their individua...
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Artikkelissa kuvataan poikien lukutaitoa, lukemisen arvostusta ja lukuasenteita ja pohditaan syitä poikien tyttöjä heikompaan lukutaitoon, motivaation ja lukuasenteisiin. Tutkimusosuus perustuu useisiin lukutaitoa ja lukuasenteita koskeviin mittauksiin vuosina 2010–2015. Tutkimustulokset osoittavat, että poikien lukutaito on lähes kaikilla alakoulu...
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This study reports on pre-school age children becoming familiar with their hometown’s cultural history through children’s literature, personal stories, and craft products. The aim of this study is to discuss the educational value of arts-based activities and authentic learning environments from the perspective of visualizing children’s experiences....
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The Finnish school system will transfer to the new Core Curriculum for Basic Education 2014 in 2016. The new curriculum emphasizes integration of subjects. In Finland, mathematics and the mother tongue are the two subjects which are taught the most and therefore play a significant role in every primary teacher’s weekly routine. Unlike English-speak...
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The Finnish curriculum for crafts emphasises the creative problem-solving skills of the student, the completion of different design tasks and the implementation of designs, while seeking to nurture the student's self-esteem. Furthermore, students should draw up the designs for their artefacts, plan their work, and also develop designs when needed....
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Cultural heritage education promotes children's interest in society, especially their immediate surroundings and history. Traditionally in Finland, history is learned through visits to local historic house and city museums, where the learners' role might be quite passive and their only activity a worksheet. However, evidence indicates that visits a...
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This research explores the learning outcomes of preschool children produced through visits to an historic house museum environment. The new Finnish preschool curriculum identifies the importance of arts-based approaches for children and that these approaches should be closely aligned to experiential and holistic education. The aim of the research w...
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Multicultural education presents many challenges. In Finland, one of the largest challenges is the fact that the distribution of the immigrant population is highly imbalanced: almost 90 percent of immigrants live in metropolitan areas while in other areas of Finland there are few or none at all. For this reason, schools’ and teachers’ experiences w...
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In this study the development of literacy skills is connected to outdoor learning, visual arts, and the thinking skills method. The study represents design research where the teachers and the researchers actively work together pursuing for more child-centered and motivating pedagogical approaches for learning literacy. The teaching experiment descr...
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Tutkimuksen tavoitteena on selvittää luokanopettajaopiskelijoiden käsityksiä opettajuudesta. Tutkimuksen aineistona käytetään Turun yliopiston opettajankoulutuslaitoksen Rauman yksikön opiskelijoiden monialaisten opintojen päättymisvaiheessa koottua aineistoa. Tutkimukseen on osallistunut kahtena eri vuotena (2012 – 2013) yhteensä 162 opiskelijaa....
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Art-related learning should be the central way of doing and playing in preschool, because the high quality of art-related education has a positive effect on children’s well-being, identity development, and creative thinking. In our study we tested an integrated learning process where reading literature and telling stories is combined with the makin...
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In a holistic craft process, the same person designs a visual and technical appearance, produces the design with craft materials and technologies, make necessary changes to the design during its production and finally assesses the process and the finished product. Similarly, in the educational context, students should make craft products starting w...
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Literature supports children's literacy growth in many ways. It helps children extend their understanding and clarify different situations in their lives, recognize and deal with feelings, and be more empathetic. Hands-on activities based on stories support children in giving shape to their thoughts. These creative activities not only empower the c...
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This study presents a case study about using a blog as a tool supporting and reflecting teachers practice concerning the development of technological, pedagogical, and content knowledge (TPACK) of teacher in-service course participants. The participating teachers were studying the contents of Finnish crafts for one and a half years between the Augu...
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In Finland, basic education embraces a number of cross-curricular themes, including sustainable development. These cross-curricular themes cannot be confused with discrete school subjects, but are to be taught via the principle of integration through the contents of established class-subjects. Pre-school education in Finland establishes sustainable...
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This paper traces the presentation of these traditional minority groups in Finland and the emergence of literature incorporating the more recently arrived groups of immigrants in the history of Finnish language children´s literature. We contextualize the development of multicultural themes in children´s literature within the history of Finnish nati...
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Bridges to Understanding: Envisioning the World through Children’s Books is the fourth volume of the bibliography of children’s books sponsored by the United States Board on Books for Young People (US BBY). Each bibliography is an individual work, but they all aim to introduce international literature for young people to young Americans. The former...
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Varhaiskasvatus muodostaa merkittävän osan ihmisen oppimishistoriasta ja-kokemuksista. Institutionaalinen kasvatus varhaislapsuudessa on alku lapsen oppimiselle, ryhmässä toimimiselle sekä eri sisältöaluesiin tutustumiselle. Pienten lasten kasvatuksessa ja opetuksessa opettajien ja muiden aikuisten on hallittava ja tunnettava sekä lapsen kehityksel...
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Varhaiskasvatus muodostaa merkittävän osan ihmisen oppimishistoriasta ja-kokemuksista. Institutionaalinen kasvatus varhaislapsuudessa on alku lapsen oppimiselle, ryhmässä toimimiselle sekä eri sisältöaluesiin tutustumiselle. Pienten lasten kasvatuksessa ja opetuksessa opettajien ja muiden aikuisten on hallittava ja tunnettava sekä lapsen kehityksel...
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Tutkimuksessa selvitetään fiktiivisen kirjallisuuden lukemisen ja monikulttuurisen arvokasvatuksen yhteyksiä perusopetuksessa. Tutkimus on suunnattu oppiaineen äidinkieli ja kirjallisuus ainedidaktiikkaan, erityisesti kirjallisuudenopetukseen. Tavoitteena on kehittää helposti opetuskontekstiin siirrettävä menetelmä fiktiivisen kirjallisuuden pohjal...

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Rinnalla-(Side by side) aims at inventing and further developing arts-and narrative-based approaches to support the social-emotional learning of children. Project tries to create a model for further education that is implemented in an authentic environment and promotes both learning and performance of the staff and increases networking of early childhood researchers and teachers. Methods investigated and developed during the project are Deep Talk, Pritney, StoRe, Silkway and Learning Stories. Rinnalla-project is based on the National Core Curriculum for Early Childhood Education and Care (2018) which emphasizes different artistic experiences and their ability to promote social skills, interaction skills and positive self-image. Rinnalla-project is funded by the National Board of Education in Finland from December 2018 until the end of December 2020. Key actors in the project are the Universities of Turku and Oulu. The lead of the project is Marita Neitola from the University of Turku (marita.neitola@utu.fi). (https://sites.utu.fi/rinnalla/en/)