Maija Lanas

Maija Lanas
University of Oulu · Department of Educational Sciences and Teacher Education

PhD, Docent

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36
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18 Research Items
233 Citations
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Additional affiliations
May 2018 - present
University of Oulu
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
August 2016 - January 2017
University of Helsinki
Position
  • Researcher
August 2013 - August 2016
Academy of Finland
Position
  • PostDoc Position

Publications

Publications (36)
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This article discusses how needs for loving relationships are met for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children in Finland. The data was collected through a focused ethnography with 13 unaccompanied children. The findings show that institutional protocols and practices fail to consider the need for love of these children, hindering their possibilities...
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This article looks at contexts in bullying discourses. We use the “concept as method” -analysis and analyse bullying literature with the concept of decontextualisation. We suggest that when challenges in peer relations at school are recognized as bullying, they are decontextualised from their societal contexts and social contexts at school. Context...
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This research focuses on the subjectification of young asylum-seeking men. By subjectification, we mean the effort an individual invests in detecting, negotiating, meeting and contesting the surrounding discursive expectations. The underlying question is: if someone wants to fulfil the position ascribed to them, that is be a ‘good asylum seeker’ an...
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Bad student behaviour is argued to be one of the major challenges for schools today. In response to the challenge, there is a strong body of literature aiming at fixing student behaviour. In this paper, we look into professional knowledge discourses regarding ‘bad student behaviour,’ focusing on one national context, Finland, to explore how disturb...
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This research considers the waiting and confinement experienced by young asylum seekers during and after their stay at a temporary shelter in Finland. The data for this research consists of interviews and ethnographic ‘hanging out’ with nine young asylum seekers throughout their asylum process. In order to generate new knowledge about the situated...
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Tutkijatohtori Tuuli Kurki, Helsingin yliopisto (kasvatustiede): Miten eriarvoisuus näyttäytyy jatkuvan oppimisen kentällä? Nuorten syrjäytymisen syyt ovat syvällä yhteiskunnan rakenteissa-tutkijat pitävät yksilökeskeistä lähestymistapaa ongelmallisena Yhteiskunnasta syrjäytyneiksi määriteltyjen nuorten ongelmia pyritään korjaamaan lyhytkestoisin r...
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Artikkelissa käsitellään neljän hätämajoitusyksikössä asuvan nuoren turvapaikanhakijamiehen kokemuksia osallisuudesta omassa arjessaan. Tulosten perusteella osallisuus muotoutuu suhteessa tulevaisuuskuvaan, läheissuhteisiin, mahdollisuuksiin vaikuttaa omaan välittömään ja laajempaan ympäristöön, kohtaamisiin suomalaisten kanssa ja kokemuksiin omast...
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Pääkirjoitus 3/2019: Kaikkea sodanjälkeisestä ammattikoulusta digioptimismiin, toimintavalmiuksiin ja tieteelliseen julkaisemiseen Maija Lanas
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Disturbing, problematic, or challenging student behaviour is said to be among the greatest challenges facing today’s school life. However, despite the apparent commonsensical nature of the issue, there is no commonly agreed upon definition for such events, and there is often very thin analysis of what actually becomes disturbed, challenged, or prob...
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Asiasanat: nuoret, tukijärjestelmät, haavoittuvuuden eetos, diskursiiviset käytännöt Johdanto Nuorten työttömyys ja pääsy koulutukseen ovat olleet viimeisten vuosikymmenten ajan koko Euroopan laajuisia ongelmia, joiden ratkaisemiseksi on kehitetty erilaisia poliittisia toimintaohjelmia. Toimintaohjelmia on toteutettu Suomessa pääasiassa koulutusta,...
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School takes part in producing childhood through its requirements for students. Becoming a student takes place in the intersections of various power-related discourses. This article explores how the idea of a proper student becomes discursively produced. It is based on how one Finnish girl’s perception of herself as a proper student changed as her...
Chapter
The concluding chapter of the book is written by Tuija Huuki and Maija Lanas. It addresses Arctic child-adult/past-present entanglements in a painful past-present lecture at university. Tuija and Maija create a chapter where they approach childhood with post-individual and non-anthropocentric theories of subjectivity. They point out how experiences...
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This paper proposes rethinking intercultural education in teacher education, arguing that any discussion of student teachers' intercultural education should be connected more explicitly to a theoretical conceptualisation of love. The first part of the paper focuses on identifying discursive boundaries in engaging with intercultural education in tea...
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Teachers leaving the profession is an increasing trend also in Finland, which is interesting because many of the explanations found in other international contexts do not apply. The Finnish context, in which teachers are not controlled officially in any way, offers a unique context for investigating implicit control mechanisms and their relationshi...
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This paper draws on feminist new materialist, poststructuralist and post-human theories to rethink discomforting moments when engaging with sensitive topics in teacher education. It is argued that the common approach to such events – as instances of student resistance or pedagogical failures – is both simplistic and problematic, and that a more hol...
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This article examines what constitutes students’ disruptive and good behaviour, as described and defined by teachers. Teachers are viewed as professional experts who produce official information regarding their students. The present study analysed the overarching features of behaviour descriptions provided by teachers in official statements regardi...
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The chapter, based on a fieldwork conducted in a small school in a reindeer herding village in Finnish Lapland, analyzes the emotions emerging in the researcher, in the participant teacher and in the community during reflexive participant ethnography in a sensitive school context. The chapter is informed by reflexive approaches which see the resear...
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The difficulty of introducing theoretical reflection into teacher education has often been attributed to student resistance to theory. In the previous literature, the trope of student resistance has masked the structural challenges as well as the educators' participation in the process. The research presented in this paper took place in the context...
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This article presents a study in which we began with a question ‘how to teach theoretical reflectivity in teacher education’, and ended with a sentence ‘there is theoretical diffraction in teacher education’. The research presented in this paper took place in the context of a university course in which we have been involved for the past two years....
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This article addresses the argument that in order to offer responsive teacher education which acknowledges student teachers as active members in their education process, teacher educators need to know more about who student teachers are. The context of the research is Finland, in which teacher education is highly selective. The interest in this art...
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This paper explores how “revolutionary love” may be a viable response in a teacher’s pedagogical practices. To do so, we present an in-depth case study of one teacher in a reindeer herding village in Finnish rural north. The paper asks what does revolutionary love mean in teaching practice and what distinguishes loving from non-loving teaching prac...
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This paper proposes a rethinking of intercultural education in teacher education, arguing that discussion of the intercultural education of student teachers tends to have the following two gaps: one, such discussion tends to overlook student teacher education as a context for teaching intercultural education, and two, it tends to ignore the self of...
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This paper makes a case for love as a powerful force for ‘transforming power’ in our educational institutions and everyday lives, and proposes that ‘revolutionary love’ serves as a moral and strategic compass for concrete individual and collective actions in critical education. The paper begins by reviewing current conceptualizations of love in cri...
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Successful lives tend to be led and defined through vocabularies of material possessions, economic growth, social connections, and increasing mobility. This approach emphasizes standards of living, the level of which is commonly measured in terms of gross domestic product. As a result, the everyday lives of people in rural areas (by definition fara...
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Successful lives tend to be led and defined through vocabularies of material possessions, economic growth, social connections, and increasing mobility. This approach emphasizes standards of living, the level of which is commonly measured in terms of gross domestic product. As a result, the everyday lives of people in rural areas (by definition fara...
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This paper asks how a teacher transforms from constrained and controlled to an independent yet dialogical agent. We analyse and describe the transformation of a teacher in the Finnish rural north in one school semester from a conforming teacher to a transformative teacher, examining the narrative of her personal journal and ethnographic researcher’...
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This paper describes how a research project about educating children and growing up in the rural north became a platform for the participants to contest nationally popular discourses and representations of the rural north and, in doing so, to criticise popular conceptualizations of “progress” and “success.” We found that in order for us to understa...
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In this article, we look into student agency which challenges the existing structures and find that students assume such agency for a purpose: there is something they pursue instead of just resisting something. We raise some critical questions about the concept of resistance in educational thought based upon findings from two dif-ferent qualitative...
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This paper looks at how emotions in the field move from one context to another and between individuals, and how they change forms in an arctic Finnish village school. During the fieldwork, non-verbalized emotions influenced the events in the field and also penetrated the research. The paper asks how these non-verbalized emotions can be addressed in...

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Pls find enclosed our Academy of Finland research project webpages: http://blogs.helsinki.fi/cosupport/about/
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The project looks into the discourse of disturbing behavior: How such a discourse is produced and what it produces in education. Disturbing behavior is often said to be the biggest challenge in school life today. The preliminary results suggest that the discourse draws on medical language, defines challenges largely as individual students’ or families' problems and overlooks micro sociological and macro sociological research and phenomena such as racism or poverty.
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Using data generated with a head teacher of a northern village school, the project analysed the processes though which the knowledge about the roots of conflict turns into new practice and new school culture