Mariann Martsin

Mariann Martsin
Tallinn University | TLU · School of Governance Law and Society

PhD

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Introduction
My main areas of interest and expertise are: - Life-course transitions in adulthood - Culture and migration - Women's and men's transitions into parenthood and related career and relationship transitions - Higher education transitions, including professional identity development - Theorising human meaning-making - Arts-based methods
Additional affiliations
September 2019 - present
Tallinn University
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
September 2019 - present
Tallinn University
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
August 2017 - August 2019
Queensland University of Technology
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
Education
September 2005 - January 2009
University of Bath
Field of study
  • Department of Education

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Publications (42)
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This conceptual paper explored the purposes of using culture in the process of coping with stress by looking how first year undergraduate students used cultural elements and activities to aid their transition into university. Results supported two key conceptualisations of the use of culture. Firstly, results indicated that students used culture ei...
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This paper takes inspiration from the integrative model of human mind proposed by Brinkmann (2011, 2012) and argues that the kind of integration that he seeks to attain can only be achieved if the model focuses on the processes that underlie the functioning of the human mind and not on the entities that these processes produce or function by. An al...
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Abstract: This paper examines collaborative researcher-practitioner knowledge work around assessment data in culturally diverse, low-socioeconomic school communities in Queensland, Australia. Specifically, the paper draws on interview accounts about the work of a cohort of school-based researchers (SBRs) who acted as mediators bridging knowledge fl...
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Becoming a parent is one of the most important transitional experiences in adulthood that has significant implications for new parents’ mental and physical health and psychosocial development. A growing body of research examines how men transition to fatherhood and balance their work and family obligations in complex contemporary societies. However...
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Jaan Valsiner’s contribution to the development of psychological science is rich and manyfold. This chapter focuses on his remarkable contribution and ongoing influence on the methodological thinking in cultural psychology and in the discipline of psychology more broadly. At the center of the discussion is Valsiner’s Methodology Cycle. Building on...
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Zagaria, Andó and Zennaro (2020) provide a useful analysis of the current state of affairs in the discipline of psychology. They conclude that psychology is in a messy and unproductive pre-pragmatic state and suggest that evolutionary psychology can provide a needed metatheoretical perspective to enable psychology to move forward as a science. In m...
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Jerome Bruner’s contribution to understanding human psychological functioning is manifold. In this commentary I focus on his suggestion that human action is always purposeful and directed towards imagined goals, and interrogate the contributions made by Salvatore and Fasulo in light of this idea. I develop further the ideas discussed in these paper...
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This chapter focuses on the theme of planning. While the idea of being oriented towards the future runs through all the chapters and all the case studies in this book, this chapter considers the unique challenges that the experience of repeated mobility creates for future planning. The two case studies discussed in this chapter show how the challen...
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This chapter focuses on the theme of educational transitions as it considers how self-confidence and sense of competence become ruptured in the process of moving into a new educational environment. The two case studies discussed in the chapter suggest that students do not enter universities in isolation from their social and cultural backgrounds an...
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How can we study processes that are unique, varied and always in the process of changing? How does one make generalisations about psychological processes by examining the idiosyncratic life experiences of single individuals? These questions are discussed in this chapter that introduced the methodological approach used in the research presented in t...
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How can identity be thought of as a process that is always changing and evolving, yet also provides a sense of sameness and continuity across time and space? This chapter is guided by this question, as it provides an overview of the key conceptual tools that informed the research presented in this book and were developed through the case studies. B...
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The opening chapter introduces some of the key concepts used in this book, such as identity, development and transitions, and discusses how these concepts are viewed from the semiotic cultural perspective. It also places the research study discussed in the book in relation to two interlinked contexts—transition to adulthood and mobility. By discuss...
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The concluding chapter brings together the main ideas discussed in the book. It returns to the idea that identity construction can be seen as part of the ongoing meaning-making process and as a semiotic border-making process, where borders between various others, between self and others, and between past, present and future self are constantly draw...
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This chapter focuses on the theme of peer relationships, as these simultaneously support and challenge transitions. It builds on two case studies that together show how the movement between cultural environments creates challenges for identity construction, as well as creates the need to redefine relationships with peers. The micro-level analysis o...
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This chapter focuses on the theme of mobility and discusses how the dialectics of home and away are activated by the experience of migration and push us to reconsider our ways of being and belonging to home, homeland and home community. These themes are unpacked by drawing upon two case studies that allow an examination of the ways in which meaning...
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In concluding this volume, we come back to the questions that guided this book, namely, to explore when and how does the educational intrusion become a resource for individual and collective creativity, and when does it create unconstruc-tive or destructive tensions for the individual and/or for the community. We consider the suggestions developed...
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This introductory chapter opens the field of education in a cultural developmental perspective and explains how and why learning and development can be considered as cultural processes. It discusses the way the tensioned dialogues and creative constructions between education and culture are conceptualized in this book and outlines the guiding quest...
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In a world where the global engagement and international dialogue intensifies, some areas of cultivated knowledge suffer from this dialogue and this has consequences for people and communities. We propose education to be such a case. The global dialogue in education tends to be restricted to and mediated by standardized measurements. Such standards...
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This book offers a unique developmental perspective on identity construction in the context of mobility and transition to adulthood. Drawing upon semiotic cultural psychology, it embeds identity construction into the processes of meaning making; viewing identity as a field of hyper-generalised signs that are constantly reconstructed through encount...
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There is a paucity of research exploring the experiences of mothers of a young adult with intellectual disability sharing the family home. A case study using a phenomenological life story approach was conducted to gather and analyse data from 11 in-depth interviews held with a mother, Linda, about her experiences. Linda’s story yielded three main t...
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This paper makes a contribution to theories of adult identity development by considering how transitional experiences that characterise identity development are experienced. To achieve this, the paper draws upon a qualitative study with employed mothers in Australia. The conceptual lens of semiotic cultural psychology used in the paper focuses on t...
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This paper presents findings from a study of Australian double degree psychology students’ construction of professional identity. Dialogical self theory was used as a framework to conceptualize professional identity construction and to identify the I-positions, the voices of others, and the relationships between these voices within the self. Result...
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Contemporary semiotic cultural tradition in psychology views human meaning making as unfolding through the negotiation of multiple real and imagined scenarios and storylines. While emphasising this complex and layered nature of meaning making, this research tradition offers little methodological guidance for appreciating and evidencing this multipl...
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This conceptual paper explored the purposes of using culture in the process of coping with stress by looking how first year undergraduate students used cultural elements and activities to aid their transition into university. Results supported two key conceptualisations of the use of culture. Firstly, results indicated that students used culture ei...
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This paper seeks to make a contribution to theoretical psychology by developing a conception of time that allows understanding of the dynamic and future-oriented nature of human experience. It is often argued that contemporary social experience is characterized by acceleration of time that reconfigures the structure of social relations and creates...
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In contemporary socio-cultural thought identities are seen as social semiotic constructions that emerge from our interactions with others and allow orchestrating our being in the world (Valsiner, 2007; Holland & Lachicotte, 2007; Märtsin, 2010, 2012). Conceptualising identities as social semiotic constructions, however, has implications for the inv...
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This paper examines collaborative researcher-practitioner knowledge work around assessment data in culturally diverse, low-socioeconomic school communities in Queensland, Australia. Specifically, the paper draws on interview accounts about the work of a cohort of school-based researchers (SBRs) who acted as mediators bridging knowledge flows betwee...
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This paper aims to contribute to the literature about boundary crossing and explicate how boundaries carry learning potential. We aim to do this by theorising the work of school-based researchers (SBRs) in a school–university partnership project aimed at addressing issues of educational disadvantage. We conceptualise the worlds of teaching and rese...
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This chapter explores the dialectic meaning of 'home', and movement away from home. Movement away from home – migration – is characterized as a dynamic, dialectic, and developmental experience. We emphasize the sense of being at home and the intertwined sense of identity as interlinked and mutually defining anchors of our existence that become inev...
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The phenomenon which dialogism addresses is human interaction. It enables us to conceptualise human interaction as intersubjective, symbolic, cultural, transformative and conflictual, in short, as complex. The complexity of human interaction is evident in all domains of human life, for example, in therapy, education, health intervention, communicat...
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In this paper I propose that identity is momentary, fluid, and multiple while simultaneously providing us with a sense of sameness and continuity. Building on Valsiner’s ideas about human sense-making I suggest that we can reasonably deal with the multiplicity/unity paradox if we conceive of this process as resulting in the construction of a fuzzy...
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In this commentary an alternative conceptual model of identity construction is proposed. In this model, identity construction is seen as part of a person's ongoing sense-making. Identity is perceived as a subjective sense of continuity and sameness that renders one's being in the world meaningful. Drawing on empirical examples provided in the targe...
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My concern in this commentary is the discrepancy between cultural psychologists' theoretical claims that meanings are co-constructed by, with and for individuals in ongoing social interaction, and their research practices where researcher's and research participant's meaning-making processes are separated in time into sequential turns. I argue for...
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While identity construction continues to be a widely discussed and researched area in contemporary social sciences, the existing theories have overlooked the importance of understanding why and how identities as semiotic constructions emerge in individuals' consciousness in the flow of their everyday functioning. This article seeks to address this...
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By referring to Niklas Luhmann's theory of self-referential systems, Aldo Mascareño (2008, submitted for publication) gives an account of system-environment interrelatedness, explaining how social and individual constitute each other through the process of communication and co-creation of meanings. Two possible extensions to his account are discuss...

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The daily lives of Estonian families have fundamentally changed in past decades due to population decline and ageing. Understanding how families navigate their complex work, family and personal life responsibilities and finding ways to successfully support them in this process, is thus economically and socially crucial and politically salient area of research. The aim of this study is to explore how families with preschool aged children navigate work, family and personal lives. The project involves conducting up to 40 individual interviews with mothers and fathers who care for at least one 1.5 to 7 year-old child. The project aims to make a contribution to the area of work, family and care by 1) developing an integrative conceptual model of adult identity development; 2) feeding this novel information into policy development in the area of children and families, and 3) using the collected pilot data to plan future comparative longitudinal studies.
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Transition into parenthood is an important developmental task in adulthood that triggers identity explorations and development. It has been suggested that these identity explorations are particularly heightened for fathers who have exited the workforce to stay at home with their children, for they need to navigate their new care and family commitments in the context of traditional views about gender roles and responsibilities. In recent years online blogs have emerged as important tools that people can use to seek social support and validation, perform self-representation and construct and experiment with new identities. The aim of this project is to gain insight into stay-at-home-dads’ identity explorations by analyzing online autobiographical narratives. The project aims to feed this novel information about men’s experiences 1) into development of an integrative conceptual model of identity development in adulthood; and 2) into public policy development in the area of work, care and family.
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The daily life of Australian families has been significantly altered by women’s increased participation in paid workforce and by population ageing. In this context it is important to explore how men and women experience and navigate competing demands related to work, care and family. This study focuses on the experiences of men and seeks to understand how men navigate their work, care and family related roles and responsibilities after becoming fathers. In order to get an insight into men’s experiences approximately 20 in-depth individual interviews will be conducted with men who have at least one child who is five years old or younger, live in a household with at least one income earner and are proficient in spoken English. The project aims to feed this in-depth information about men’s experiences 1) into development of an integrative conceptual model that sees men’s identity development in adulthood as a connecting thread that weaves together the various areas of men’s life, including their care and family responsibilities; and 2) into public policy development in the area of work, care and family.