Markus Hilander

Markus Hilander
University of Helsinki | HY · Faculty of Educational Sciences

Ph.D.

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Introduction
Ph.D. Markus Hilander is a University Lecturer in Environmental Education at the Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland. Hilander's research interests are environmental education, geography education, and visual methodologies. In his research, Hilander applies semiotic concepts to the interpretation of photographs in the context of geography education.
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August 2012 - December 2016
University of Helsinki
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  • PhD Student

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This article discusses the processes of the interpretation of photos from a semiotic perspective. The main data-set covers drawings by Finnish high school students. These drawings depict the “blind field”—that is, the empty space surrounding the photo’s frames—of a photo taken in New York City. Every photo is framed in some way as it reveals only a...
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Towards everyday life: the process of mental map drawing from the perspective of existential semiotics. This article discusses the process of drawing a geographical mental map as a tool for fostering young people's thinking skills in geography. When students draw mental maps of their immediate surroundings, such as the home and school environment,...
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As the majority of people in the world now live in cities, it makes sense to question the state of urban environmental education and how it could be developed going forward. In this article, we suggest a way forward based on the essays written by Finnish university students. The students reflected on their relationship with an environment that is m...
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Kuvia tuotetaan määrällisesti enemmän kuin koskaan, ja samalla keskustelu visuaalisuudesta ja sen merkityksestä on lisääntynyt. Myös maantiedettä pidetään visuaalisesti orientoituneena tieteenalana. Maantieteilijät eivät kuitenkaan ole kehittäneet omaa visuaalista teoriaansa. Tässä artikkelissa esitetään niin kutsuttu puhelinmalli, jota voidaan käy...
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Geo-media tools and resources were introduced as a new set of skills in the reformed Finnish national core curricula for basic and upper secondary school education in 2016. In this article, geo-media skills are understood as geographical media literacy skills. To illuminate these skills, an advertisement by Diesel (2007) entitled “Global Warming Re...
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Oppikirjan merkitys suomalaisessa koulussa on perinteisesti ollut – ja yhä edelleen usein on – suuri: se, millaisia sisältöjä ja millaisia painotuksia oppikirjoissa esitetään, vaikuttaa vahvasti opetuksen etenemiseen. Tästä huolimatta oppikirjojen asiasisältöjä on tutkittu verrattain vähän. Ilmastonmuutoksen vakavuus on tunnustettu viime vuosina ka...
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This article introduces the main ideas of ‘powerful knowledge’, which have recently been applied to geography education, for example, by Lambert (2011), Maude (2015), and Béneker and Palings (2017). Lambert et al. (2015) have described three levels of geographical knowledge that would enhance young people’s access to powerful geographical knowledge...
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This article introduces a geographical reading of Roland Barthes's Elements of Semiology, originally published in 1964. In his text, Barthes introduces the semiotic concepts of "language and speech," "signifier and signified," "syntagma and system," and "denotation and connotation." Upon these semiotic concepts, this article builds a method for int...
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http://urn.fi/URN:ISBN:978-951-51-3102-7 Tämä väitös tarkastelee (1) kuvatulkinnan prosesseja (2) maantieteellisessä ja semioottisessa diskurssissa, jossa (3) valokuva sekä ohjaa että avaa nuorten maantieteellistä ajattelua. Väitös kyseenalaistaa koulumaantieteessä itsestäänselvyytenä pidetyn kuvien maantieteellisen tulkinnan, ja näkee sen pikemmin...
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As a new set of skills, geo-media tools and resources are being introduced in the Finnish comprehensive school curriculum, although an explicit definition of ‘geo-media’ is not given. In the Finnish upper secondary school curriculum, geo-media is described with one sentence. In this article, the concept of geo-media is approached with online questi...
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http://www.iass-ais.org/proceedings2014/view_lesson.php?id=177 The combination of geography and semiotics seems to be rather rare. Nonetheless, geography as a discipline has always been visually oriented because of the usage of maps. However, geographers tend to be interested in the final meanings of visual representations rather than the processe...
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Interpretation of photos and construction of the geographical content: students' interpretations of photos taken in South Africa and New York City. This article examines how high school students interpret photos, taken in South Africa and New York City, and their geographical content. Semiotician Roland Barthes pro- vides five codes of how the sign...

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