Mari Murtonen

Mari Murtonen
University of Turku | UTU · Department of Teacher Education

PhD

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August 1996 - present
University of Turku
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  • Senior Researcher

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Publications (46)
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Journal name: International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education To support university students’ learning, teaching should build on students’ prior knowledge. Therefore, teachers need skills to pay attention to students’ knowledge in teaching-learning situations. Teachers’ underlying conceptual knowledge affects the way they see an...
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The teaching and pedagogical development of academic communities is influenced by different contextual elements, which may not be apparent in everyday community practices, but may become evident through deeper reflection of the context. This study approaches these elements from the perspective of a supportive pedagogical culture for teaching and pe...
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Countries globally reacted to the COVID-19 pandemic by imposing lockdowns, and as a consequence, higher education institutions were forced to rapidly transition into distance learning. Here, technology played a paramount role as the enabler of remote learning and shaping teaching practices. The aim of this study is to understand the broad trends in...
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In order to help teachers teach sustainability more effectively, we need more knowledge about both their understanding of suitable pedagogical methods and their own positioning in regard to sustainable development. This qualitative research focuses on how teachers see themselves as educators of sustainability and how they experience creative method...
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Learning a scientific way of thinking is a fundamental aim of university education. It means that there are certain thinking skills that students across all disciplines should learn during their studies. For example, critical thinking and reasoning skills are essential for all university graduates. In addition, students are expected to achieve cert...
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Understanding chemical models can be challenging for many university students studying chemistry. This study analysed students’ understanding of molecular structures using the Lewis structure as a model, and examined what hinders their understanding. We conducted pre- and post-tests to analyse students’ conceptions and changes in them. The measures...
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This case study about agency enhancement at work in a business organization is based on narrative inquiry. After a staff development project lasting 2½ years, the employees produced digital stories concerning their meaningful moments at work. Through social interactional narrative analysis, multimodal transcription, and text analysis, we examined h...
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Online education provides learning opportunities to a global audience. Most popular MOOC platforms have millions of users and MOOC designers are already competing with each other on how to spark and retain the interest of students. However, currently in popular MOOCs, roughly 90% of enrolled students yield their participation and previous research...
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Online courses often select asynchronous tools for teamwork as it allows temporal freedom for students who might come from different time zones or have busy schedules. These solutions work better with larger groups, where due to the quantity of participants, it is easier to get replies faster. In this study, we investigate challenges that arise in...
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This study aims to explore whether the increase in pedagogical training has had any effect on new teachers' experiences. We consider first teaching experiences to be crucial for a teacher's career and the development of the environment's pedagogical culture. We hypothesised that even if new faculty begin their teaching career without any formal ped...
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This article analyses the design, implementation, and evaluation of a nation-wide project to create a common digital solution for university teaching staff’s pedagogical training in Finland. During three years, eight universities collaborated in developing an online learning platform called UNIPS, the University Pedagogical Support system. The area...
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The aim of the study was to explore whether short online pedagogy courses can have an effect on university teachers’ interpretations of teaching–learning situations. Before and after participating in a short online pedagogical training programme, a total of 66 participants wrote their interpretations of two short video clips, which depicted a conte...
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Scientific thinking is about understanding the ways knowledge is produced, used and justified in our society. It is also about what knowledge itself is. Thus, students’ epistemic understanding and their understanding of research play central roles in the development of scientific thinking. This chapter sheds light on the phenomena of epistemic unde...
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Scientific thinking in higher education is a new way of looking at the entirety of intended higher-order thinking skills. Building on previous theories, this new, broader conceptualisation of scientific thinking gathers many important theoretical aspects of thinking skills that are especially characteristic for students in higher education. The com...
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This book examines the learning and development process of students’ scientific thinking skills. Universities should prepare students to be able to make judgements in their working lives based on scientific evidence. However, an understanding of how these thinking skills can be developed is limited. This book introduces a new broad theory of scient...
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Changing majors or dropping out are of great concern to universities worldwide, but the role of learning approaches in terms of students’ persistence has not been previously studied. Changing majors, especially in chemistry, is a severe problem in Finland. Here, learning approach data were collected with the ChemApproach questionnaire from 733 bach...
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Students’ engagement and retention in online courses have been found to be in general significantly lower than in contact teaching. Multiple reasons for this exist, but improving student retention is ubiquitously seen as a beneficial improvement. We take a look at student engagement in online courses aimed specifically for university teachers and d...
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In this study, firstly, university biology students’ conceptual understanding and potential misconceptions concerning meiosis were studied. Secondly, an easily applicable drawing task was used to foster students’ metaconceptual awareness which would help them to reach conceptual change. A quasi-experimental design with a non-equivalent control grou...
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Opettajana yliopistolla – Korkeakoulupedagogiikan perusteet tarjoaa tuoretta tutkimusperustaista tietoa korkeakouluopettajan työn tueksi. Korkeakouluopetuksen tavoitteena on oppiminen ja opiskelijan kasvaminen asiantuntijaksi. Opettajan työ korkeakoulussa on parhaimmillaan tutkimuksen ja opetuksen antoisaa vuoropuhelua, joka kehittää sekä opiskelij...
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Learning outcomes as a concept has encountered a revival since the beginning of the Bologna process in 1999. The concept itself has a longer history with its roots in the behaviourist tradition of the 1960s. The goal of this review is to study how the historical roots of learning outcomes are noted in current research articles since the launch of t...
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The theory of learning approaches has proven to be one of the most powerful theories explaining university students' learning. However, learning approaches are sensitive to the situation and the content of learning. Chemistry has its own specific features that should be considered when exploring chemistry students' learning habits, specifically the...
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University research education in many disciplines is frequently confronted by problems with students’ weak level of understanding of research concepts. A mind map technique was used to investigate how students understand central methodological concepts of empirical, theoretical, qualitative and quantitative. The main hypothesis was that some studen...
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p class="REDUTEXTORESUMEN">En Finlandia la formación pedagógica es un requerimiento para todos los niveles de la profesionalidad docente, desde la Escuela Infantil hasta las Escuelas Politécnicas, exceptuada la universidad. En 2010 la mayor parte de las universidades finesas expresaron su intención de alcanzar mayores niveles de competencia pedagóg...
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En Finlandia la formación pedagógica es un requerimiento para todos los niveles de la profesionalidad docente, desde la Escuela Infantil hasta las Escuelas Politécnicas, exceptuada la universidad. En 2010 la mayor parte de las universidades finesas expresaron su intención de alcanzar mayores niveles de competencia pedagógica. La formación pedagógic...
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A questionnaire with 22 Likert type items was developed to collect cross-sectional data from university chemistry students of different study years (N = 118). The aim was to obtain information on their learning approaches as well as their study preferences. Students willing to change from their major subject to medical education represented a consi...
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Many students deem statistics courses to be the most difficult in their programs of study, providing mostly negative experiences characterized by high levels of anxiety. Recent research on statistics anxiety has identified several teacher characteristics that help reduce students’ statistics anxiety levels. However, little attention has been placed...
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The rapid development in working life during recent decades has changed the structures of work organisations and expectations of employees’ work. Differing forms of professional employment and different types of organisational environments likely promote different types of motivational patterns in workers. The aim of this study was to apply a syste...
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This study explored university students’ views of whether they will need research skills in their future work in relation to their approaches to learning, situational orientations on a learning situation of quantitative methods, and difficulties experienced in quantitative research courses. Education and psychology students in both Finland (N=46) a...
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This study describes difficulties experienced in learning quantitative methods by university students. Education and sociology students were asked to rate different topics on the basis of their difficulty. It was found that statistics and quantitative methods were experienced as more difficult than other domains, such as qualitative methods and the...
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This paper examines university social science and education students' views of research methodology, especially asking whether a negative research orientation towards quantitative methods exists. Finnish (n = 196) and US (n = 122) students answered a questionnaire concerning their views on quantitative, qualitative, empirical, and theoretical metho...
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This study describes difficulties experienced in learning quantitative methods by university students. Education and sociology students were asked to rate different topics on the basis of their difficulty. It was found that statistics and quantitative methods were experienced as more difficult than other domains, such as qualitative methods and the...
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Tiivistelmä: Kvantitatiivisia tutkimusmenetelmiä oppimassa - yliopisto-opiskelijoiden näkemykset, motivaatio ja vaikeudet oppimisessa. Diss. -- Turun yliopisto.

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This is a long-term research & Development & Innovation project, in which the aim is to understand preconditions and antecedents of context sensitive, research based and reflective academic/educational development in Higher education.