Maarit Hannele Virolainen

Maarit Hannele Virolainen
University of Jyväskylä | JYU · Finnish Institute of Educational Research

PhD, adult education
Projects 2022-26: MFG4.0 https://mfg40.fi/| Wisdom in Practice Academy of Finland Project| Future of VET Cedefop, cases

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Introduction
The Finnish Institute for Educational Research, University of Jyväskylä has been the scholarly environment for research that I have been involved in since 1996. In this context I have had the privilege to participate both in Finnish and international, comparative studies about the development of Finnish upper secondary education, learning from work experience in universities of applied sciences (workbased learning, workplace learning), and educational transitions.
Additional affiliations
February 1996 - present
University of Jyväskylä
Position
  • Researcher
Description
  • Research interests focus on learning from work experience, cooperation and collaboration between the working world and educational institutions, educational careers and transitions from education to working life.
Education
September 2005 - March 2014
University of Jyväskylä
Field of study
  • Adult education

Publications

Publications (38)
Thesis
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This doctoral thesis explores the internships of Finnish universities of applied sciences (UAS). The purpose of the study is to contribute to the discussion on developing internships, and to redefine the concept of connectivity on the basis of the findings. The overarching research questions investigated in this summary are: (1) How do teachers per...
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The chapter discusses the redefinitions of VET policies in the Nordic countries since the 1990s and how related reforms have effected transitions and progression from VET to higher education in Denmark, Finland, Sweden and Norway.
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The Nordic countries are often referred to as a group even though their education systems and training models are very different. The aim of this study is to advance understanding of those differences and compare the developments and organisation of initial vocational education and training (IVET) in Finland and Sweden since the 1990s as examples o...
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Open access->http://urn.fi/URN:NBN:fi-fe2021101450991 Vaikuttava ammatillinen pedagogiikka on Haaga-Helia ammattikorkeakoulussa uusi tutkimusalue, josta intressi tälle artikkelille sai alkunsa. Ammatillisen koulutuksen tutkimuksen nykytilakatsaukselle on kuitenkin laajempi tarve. Vaikuttavan ammatillisen pedagogiikan tutkimuksella tarkoitetaan työ...
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Työelämäpedagogiikka korkeakoulutuksessa-Asiantuntijuus, toimijuus ja työelämätaidot (TYÖPEDA) oli opetus-ja kulttuuriministeriön vuosina 2018-2020 tukema korkeakoulutuksen kehittämishanke. Tähän Jyväskylän yliopiston koordinoimaan hankkeeseen osallistui 10 yliopistoa ja 6 ammattikorkeakoulua. Hankkeen avulla on vahvistettu korkeakoulutuksen työelä...
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Tervetuloa tutustumaan työelämäpedagogiikan moninaisuuteen! Tämä kirja on toteutettu opetus- ja kulttuuriministeriön tukeman Työelämäpedagogiikka korkeakoulutuksessa (Työpeda) -hankkeen lopputuotoksena. Tarkoituksena on jakaa hankkeessa pilotoituja toimintatapoja, välineitä ja malleja kaikkien korkeakoulujen käyttöön. Työelämäpedagogiikka on määrit...
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This chapter aims to increase current understanding of adults’ individual learning pathways and needs when adapting to new technology. We review adults’ overall technology skills and depict, through chosen examples, how adults have adapted to technological change in their working lives. We present prior research on the challenges that the Fourth In...
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Oppimisen ekosysteemin käsitettä on alettu käyttää viime aikoina yhä useam-min puhuttaessa koulutuksen ja työelä-män yhteistyöverkostoista. Ekosystee-min määrittely jää kuitenkin usein avoi-meksi. Tarkoituksemme on tässä artikke-lissa kartoittaa 'oppimisen ekosysteemi'-käsitteen historiaa, taustaa ja siihen liit-tyviä lähikäsitteitä sekä käsitteen...
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This article analyses and compares the evolving role of general subjects in the curricula of initial upper secondary vocational education and training (VET) in Finland and Sweden during the 1990s and 2010s. The research illustrates how Bernstein's concept of 'pedagogic code' supports comparative studies on principles guiding changes to curricula an...
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The chapter discusses how the on-going Finnish VET reform (2015-2018) possibly effects transition patterns from VET to higher education.
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Vocational Education in the Nordic Countries: Learning from Diversity is the second of two books that disseminates new and systematic knowledge on the strengths and weaknesses of the different models of vocational education and training (VET) in four Nordic countries. Vocational education in Europe has resisted standardisation to a higher degree th...
Research
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http://nord-vet.dk/indhold/uploads/Innovations-in-VET-in-Finland-2015.pdf A research report published 2015 by Nord-VET - the Future of Vocational Education and Training in Nordic Countries. A research project supported by NordForsk programme "Education for Tomorrow". Keywords: educational trends, initial vocational education and training, IVET, pa...
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http://nord-vet.dk/indhold/uploads/report1a_fi.pdf Research report published 2014 by Nord-VET - the Future of Vocational Education in Nordic Countries. A research project supported by NordForsk programme "Education for Tomorrow"
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http://nord-vet.dk/indhold/uploads/report1b_fi.pdf Research report published 2014 by Nord-VET - the Future of Vocational education and training in Nordic countries. A research project supported by the NordForsk programme "Education for Tomorrow". Keywords: educational trends, initial vocational education and training, IVET, participation, access t...
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Nord-VET – The future of Vocational Education in the Nordic countries The purpose of the Nordic research project, Nord-VET, is to generate new knowledge on the strengths and weaknesses of the different models of vocational education and training (VET) at upper secondary level in the four Nordic countries. This research is expected to strengthen the...
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The study investigates how the Finnish model of providing initial vocational education and training (IVET) has succeeded in terms of enhancing educational progress and employability. A relatively high level of participation in IVET makes the Finnish model distinctive from those of three other Nordic countries: Denmark, Norway and Sweden. All four N...
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The study investigates how the Finnish model of providing initial vocational education and training (IVET) has succeeded in terms of enhancing educational progress and employability. A relatively high level of participation in IVET makes the Finnish model distinctive from those of three other Nordic countries: Denmark, Norway and Sweden. All four N...
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The study investigates how the Finnish model of providing initial vo-cational education and training (IVET) has succeeded in terms of enhancing educational progress and employability. A relatively high level of participation in IVET makes the Finnish model distinctive from those of three other Nordic countries: Denmark, Norway and Sweden. All four...
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This article examines the goals of employers when they organise work placements for students. It explores how far, in cooperating with polytechnics, employers adhere to a connective model of students’ work experiences within their organisations. The paper makes use of a quantitative study based on employers’ responses to a questionnaire (n = 269)....
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This article examines internships as part of the apprenticeship model of learning adopted in higher education. We focus on employers´ views on internships, which have hitherto received only limited attention. Our study explores employers´ experiences in organizing internships, and their collaboration with one University of Applied Sciences, through...
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This article examines the goals of employers when they organise work placements for students. It explores how far, in cooperating with polytechnics, employers adhere to a connective model of students’ work experiences within their organisations. The paper makes use of a quantitative study based on employers’ responses to a questionnaire (n = 269)....
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This publication is an attempt to open new perspectives for topical education policy discussion about student careers. Drawing on extensive databases of Statistics Finland, this report looks at occurrence of different types of student careers and educational transitions in vocational upper secondary education and higher education (including polytec...
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This article examines internships as part of the apprenticeship model of learning adopted in higher education. We focus on employers’ views on internships, which have hitherto received only limited attention. Our study explores employers’ experiences in organizing internships, and their collaboration with one University of Applied Sciences, through...
Chapter
This chapter discusses the role of the connective model of work experience (Griffiths & Guile, 2004; Guile & Griffiths, 2001) in the context of higher education and identifies some of the limits and challenges that may be encountered in seeking to implement connectivity in practice. The question considered here is that of organising placements thro...
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The study is part of the larger research project WORKLEARN (see www.peda.net/veraja/worklearn), funded by the Academy of Finland. The study also received financial support from the Ministry of Education, Finland. This article is based on a paper presented at Seventh International Conference on HRD Research and Practice Across Europe, hosted by the...
Technical Report
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http://www.oph.fi/download/49122_ammatillisen_peruskoulutuksen_naytot_englannissa_saksassa_hollannissa_ja_tanskassa.pdf Selvityksen tavoitteena oli tarkastella kohdemaiden ammatillisen peruskoulutuksen näyttöjä. Erityisesti tarkasteltiin sitä, miten opiskelija-arviointi ja oppilaitosten työelämäyhteistyö on järjestetty kohdemaissa, miten näytöt osa...
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https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/37588 (Abstract in English below the Finnish abstract). The publication is in Finnish) Tiivistelmä Koulutukseen osallistumisen muodot ja nuorten koulutusodotukset ovat muuttuneet. Muutosten taustalla ovat koulutuksen massoittuminen, eriytyminen, globalisaatio, tietoyhteiskuntakehitys ja työelämän jatkuva muutos s...

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http://amktoteemi.fi/ Toteemi researches and develops practical models to combine work and higher education studies. Many Finnish higher education students work in job positions matching their education already during their studies. However, work and studies do not always meet. How could workplaces make direct use of their experts‘ studies in workplace development? How could higher education institutions utilise students’ competence as part of the studies and enhance their graduation? You can find us in Facebook facebook.com/amktoteemi
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In English -->Roll down. Työelämäpedagogiikka korkeakoulutuksessa -hankkeen tavoitteena on uudistaa korkeakoulutuksen toimintakulttuuria siten, että työelämänäkökulma ja työelämätaitojen kehittäminen ovat luonnollinen osa koulutusta. Tutkimusten mukaan koulutuksen ja työelämän yhteistyö voi parantaa valmistuneiden työllistymismahdollisuuksia ja nopeuttaa siirtymistä työelämään. Korkeakoulutuksessa työelämäkokemusta saadaan kuitenkin usein vasta opintojen lopussa tapahtuvassa, muusta opetuksesta irrallisessa työharjoittelussa. Korkeakouluihin tarvitaankin sellaisia toimintamalleja, joissa korkeakoulut ja työelämä yhdessä luovat oppimisympäristöjä teorian ja käytännön yhdistämiseksi. TYÖPEDA-hankkeen tarkoituksena on yhteistyössä ammattikorkeakoulujen ja yliopistojen kanssa luoda toimintamalleja opiskelijoiden työelämätaitojen kehittämiseen, opetussuunnitelmien uudistamiseen, työelämäpedagogiseen ohjaukseen sekä TKI-toiminnan kytkemiseen korkeakoulutukseen. Hankkeen kivijalkana on tutkimustieto koulutuksen ja työelämän yhteistyöstä sekä työpaikalla oppimisesta. Hanke pohjautuu integratiivisen pedagogiikan malliin, jossa työelämäkokemusta reflektoidaan teoriatiedon valossa. Työkokemuksen opinnollistaminen palvelee tätä tarkoitusta. Tavoitteena on tuottaa asiantuntijuutta, jossa yhdistyvät syvällinen ymmärrys, aktiivinen toimijuus ja monipuoliset taidot. Vaikka työelämätaitoja opitaan parhaiten työelämässä, niitä on mahdollista kehittää myös oppilaitoksen sisällä monipuolisia opetus- ja oppimismenetelmiä hyödyntäen. Tämän vuoksi hankkeessa kehitetään työelämässä tapahtuvan oppimisen lisäksi kampuksella tapahtuvaa opetusta. TYÖPEDA-hanketta rahoitetaan opetus- ja kulttuuriministeriön erityisavustuksella vuosina 2018–2020, ja siinä on mukana yhteensä kymmenen yliopistoa ja kuusi ammattikorkeakoulua. Work-Integrated Pedagogy in Higher Education (WORKPEDA) WORKPEDA is transforming learning The Work-integrated Pedagogy in Higher Education project brings the working-life perspective more strongly into education. Research findings indicate that cooperation between education and the world of work can improve graduates’ employment and speed up their transition to working life. In their work practice periods, students also learn versatile skills, their understanding gains depth and professional identity becomes clearer. Traditionally in higher education, workplace experience has often been offered at the end of the studies only and in the form of work practice periods separate from other tuition. The WORKPEDA project develops operational models where higher education institutes together with the workplace create learning environments in order to integrate theory and practice. Practical periods, project studies, graduation theses, and various workplace contexts are connected with theoretical teaching. Although working –life skills are learnt best at work, these skills can also be developed within educational institutes by means of diverse teaching and learning methods. Therefore, the WORKPEDA project seeks to develop not only workplace learning but also teaching on campus. WORKPEDA creates operational models for the development of students’ working-life skills, for curricular reforms, for work-integrated pedagogy and guidance as well as for the linkage between research, development and innovation (RDI) activities and education. The project is founded on research knowledge about the cooperation between education and the world of work and about learning at the workplace. Further, the project is based on the model of integrative pedagogy, in which working-life experience is reflected on in the light of theoretical knowledge. Taking an educational approach to work experience serves this purpose. The aim is to produce expertise that combines in-depth understanding, active agency, and versatile skills.
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Is to paln and implement year-round digital studies for students at Universities of Applied Sciences. Studies that are based on the profiles of the UASes and are open to all the UAS students in Finland. In addition, the project improves working-life cooperation in learning ecosystems and develops digital guidance and counseling in UASes.