Päivi Palojoki

Päivi Palojoki
University of Helsinki | HY · Department of Teacher Education

PhD

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Introduction
Professor Päivi Palojoki is the head of a research group, Food, culture and learning, at the Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland. Her research focuses on subject-didactic questions related to the teaching and learning of home economics within various cultural settings and school levels, ranging from comprehensive school to higher education. She is especially interested in formal teaching and learning situations, such as in the classroom, but also examines informal learning environments such as homes or NGOs. http://blogs.helsinki.fi/kotitalouspedagogiikka/
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January 1989 - March 2016
University of Helsinki
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This article examines Nordic adolescents' school lunch patterns and their perceptions of how making healthy choices at school could be easier. Analysis is based on a quantitative data-set collected between 2006 and 2007 as part of a Nordic research project. The sample of 1539 respondents consisted of 14-17 year old adolescents from Finland, Sweden,...
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The article discusses how a variety of qualitative methods could be used for investigating the engagement of the voices on the ground, where the change is expected to happen. It also reviews how qualitative research approaches involve students and teachers, the so-called "target groups" of educational development, as subjects, rather than objects....
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This publication is based on the five year Nordic discussion dealing with food and its various roles and meanings in the contemporary society. The discussion has mainly been carried out amongst five university departments, their lecturers, researchers, visiting scholars and enthusiastic students. The Department of Food, Health and Environment from...
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Consumerism is part of living in the contemporary post-modern world. It is claimed that schools and consumer education have a rather marginal impact on the consumer behaviour of young people. This qualitative study explores adolescents’ ways of consuming in three different worlds: home, school and peer groups. The aim is to understand how the adole...
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This article examines the meal choices considered by Nordic adolescents in two social situations: for themselves and for the family. In addition, the frequency of family meals is compared between the countries studied. The survey data (n = 1539) were collected during 2006–2007 from 9th grade students (aged 14–17 years) in Finland, Sweden, Denmark a...
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The experiences gained during teaching practice influence student teachers' professional development. However, little is known about how the student teachers experience their teaching practice of practical school subjects, which focus on the skills needed for everyday life,. This qualitative case study investigates the professional development of f...
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In this paper, we seek to determine the relationship between home economics education and 21st-century skills (critical thinking, creativity, communication and collaboration) in the context of social learning. We see potential in students' discussions while working together with different group members and practicing the essential skills necessary...
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Teacher education plays a central role in the formation of their professional identity. Although the field of teacher identity studies is broad, there has been little research on handicraft and home economics (HHE) student teachers in particular. This qualitative study, which was undertaken in an Estonian university, focuses on identity formation a...
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This study explores the negotiations taking place in LGBTQ families before a child is born or added to the family. It asks who takes part in the negotiations and what issues are negotiated about. An online questionnaire answered by LGBTQ parents (n = 74) was analyzed with qualitative content analysis. The chain of phases leading to having a child c...
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Objective The Norwegian National Action Plan for a Healthier Diet calls for discussion of new ways to communicate health information. An already established and important arena in which to do so is school, in the Food and Health (FH) subject in particular. The aim of this study was to investigate how Norwegian students experience the FH subject, an...
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Drawing on a sociocultural approach to learning, this article highlights comprehensive school pupils’ perspectives on working style and classroom pedagogy based on the integrative approach to learning. Using the diamond ranking method, seven groups of 8th grade pupils ranked classroom practices according to their importance for succeeding in integr...
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The aim of this research was to examine the potential of project-based learning (PBL) and everyday life contexts in developing primary pupils' scientific and engineering practices. Multiple data were collected in a Finnish primary school class; pupils were aged 7-8 years. The pupils' practices and creation of artifacts were videotaped and analysed...
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Although not adequately studied in the research on youth work, food is and has been an integral element of youth centres. This article examines what characterizes youth centres as foodscapes and explores which aspects of youth centres support the food-related learning of young people. We merge the traditions of youth work research, food education a...
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The Norwegian Food and Health (FH) school subject aims to develop students' ability to understand the association between diet and health. Research on FH in Norway indicates that the main focus today is on cooking and the development of practical cooking skills, leaving little emphasis on activities related to the more theoretical aspects of the cu...
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Many Norwegian teachers in Food and Health (Home Economics) do not have any formal subject-specific education. This study aims to explore potential differences between teachers with formal versus no formal Food and Health education. In 2018, Food and Health teachers in all primary and lower secondary schools in Norway were invited to answer a web-b...
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Current curriculum guidelines emphasise the importance of both nutrition education and the development of practical cooking skills in the school subject Food and Health (FH). This study aimed to explore teachers' and students' perspectives and experiences of current classroom practices in FH. Focus group discussions (FGDs) with teachers and student...
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This study builds on previous work in curriculum studies by providing insight into manifestations of the interplay between curriculum traditions, that are interested in education on a global scale and emphasized in the newest curriculum reform in Finland. This reform proposes a shift towards a competency-based curriculum, emphasizes integrative tea...
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Helicopter parenting, defined as a form of overinvolved parenting of young adult children, is shown to be associated with young adult children’s well-being. Furthermore, the phenomenon of helicopter parenting is increasingly evident across various cultures. In this study, the association between helicopter parenting and young adult children’s well-...
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Handicraft and home economics (HHE) are two school subjects taught as one subject by one teacher in Estonian comprehensive schools. The current article describes the development of the subject through certain historic periods that have affected the nature and teaching of the subject. The aim of this article is to determine HHE teachers’ understandi...
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Background: The latest curriculum reforms in Finland have shifted the aims of education towards learning how to learn, and the secondary education sector is already required to teach integrative skills. This study seeks to understand how these curricular demands can be fulfilled in the context of the subject of home economics in secondary education...
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Entry qualification, academic achievement, and teaching practices of newly qualified teachers (NQTs) qenrolled into the teacher education programme directly from senior high school (DfSHS) were compared with NQTs enrolled through the Untrained Teacher Diploma in Basic Education (UTDBE) programme. Survey data collected from 140 NQTs (84 DfSHS and 56...
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Research on Home Economics teachers’ practical skills development is scarce. Mastery of practical food preparation skills form the cornerstone of being a qualified Home Economics teacher. Data were collected from Finnish Home Economics student-teachers. At the beginning and at the end of the spring and autumn terms, learning assignments on personal...
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Culturally Responsive Education: Reflections from the Global South and North examines culturally responsive education’s contribution to sustainable development and explores ways in which educational practitioners respond to cultures in and around educational contexts. This book argues that cultural responsiveness in education is invaluable for sus...
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine Finnish ninth grade pupils’ (15-16 years) perspectives on hot school lunches and consider the potential of these perspectives as a resource for food and health education. Design/methodology/approach – Data include observations, essays, and visually elicitated focus group discussions from a larger q...
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This chapter focuses on developing food education. Its starting point is the complexity of modern lives and the importance of acknowledging students as active agents in their educational experiences. The text is divided into three sections; each offers a distinct viewpoint on the background and potential of developing food education: the shifting f...
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What is School Dining? A free school meal means that a pupil or student does not pay for their meal; instead, the municipality organising the teaching pays. School dining refers to everything relating directly or indirectly to lunches organised at school, such as the meal itself, related activities and the people participang in the dining event. Sc...
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A rapidly increasing proportion of youth in developing countries pursue their transition to adulthood through post-compulsory education. Studies on the role of formal education in youth transitions tend to focus on the structural constraints to successful transitions and less attention is given to the voices and reflections of young people, particu...
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The increasing cultural diversity in schools represents a challenge for Home Economics teaching. Future teachers need the knowledge and skills to not only understand the cultural heterogeneity that exists in the classroom but to also act meaningfully in classroom situations and in cooperation with parents. We call these abilities culturally respons...
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PL 8 (Siltavuorenpenger 10), 00014 HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO Kouluruokailun kehittäminen on yhteinen asia Kouluruokailun tavoitteiden toteutumiseen tarvitaan eri osallistujatahojen yhteistyötä ja toimintakokonaisuuden näkemistä. Kouluruokailuympäristö on päivittäinen yhteistyön toiminta-alue, jossa eri toimijatahot kohtaavat ja voivat oppia ja kehittää t...
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This study aims to understand the complexity of food choices in an everyday household context. The qualitative data are based on homemakers’ (n = 18) context-specific accounts of their choice of milk brand, i.e. milk varieties with different fat contents (noted in a 4-day qualitative food diary and a semi-structured interview based on the diary). T...
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The concept of nutritional knowledge needs to be analysed in a multidimensional way. Previous approaches have concentrated on measuring specific content domains. This study is a pilot study aiming to test a questionnaire using variables derived from the theoretical basis of a multidimensional approach to nutritional knowledge. A sample of young Fin...
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The purpose of this study was to understand how the different domains of nutrition knowledge are related to health-oriented food behaviour and how both of these are related to socioeconomic factors. The studied population of homemakers (n = 647) answered a mailed questionnaire gathering socioeconomic data, food use data and data on nutrition knowle...
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Finland is undergoing a rapid change from a homogenous culture to a heterogeneous culture. With immigrants from all over the world making Finland their home, a lot of multicultural integration work is needed. Collaborative learning in peer groups can work as a useful framework for enhancing tolerance toward differences, and consumer education and h...
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Household activities have been a target of many researchers in the field of home e~o- nomics. However, the way to conceptual,ze human action in households and the research paradigms and methods for studying it have been varied. This article has two aims: first, to discuss the situated nature of everyday human action in households; and, second, to p...
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Laadullisen päiväkirjan käyttö terveystutkimuksessa PÄM PALOJOKI KL, ETM, KtaO tutkija Openajankoulutuslaitos, Kotitalousopettajan koulutuslinja Helsingin yliopisto TilVISTELMÄ Artikkelissa pohditaan katsauksenomaisesti, mitä tekijöitä tulee ottaa huomioon, kun käytetään päiväkirjamenetelmää laadullisessa terveystutki-muksessa. Menetelmän avulla py...
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This article focuses on factors which are relevant while using a diary in qualitative health related research. Diary is a data collection method which has several advantages: it approximates the real activities of research persons, it diminishes memory errors which may occur in retrospective interviews, and it helps to better understand the lifewor...
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Nutrition education is concerned with disseminating nutrition knowledge relevant to food behavior. It aims to changes in parallel to nutrition recommendations which are seen important in a population level. But in the individual level the relationship between knowledge and behavior becomes more complex. Individuals are often loaded with controversi...
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The aim of the study was to reveal the links between knowledge and practice, in the context of everyday household activities, namely washing laundry at home. Specifically, it aimed to reveal respondents' conceptions of environmentally responsible choice and actual use of washing powder and machines. In addition, sensitive data collection methods we...
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From the viewpoint of everyday cognition, a very ordinary problem-solving situation, such as choosing a carton of milk to buy, becomes an interesting research object. We claim that by understanding everyday problem-solving processes, it is possible to find new insights for developing teaching and learning in the field of home economics. According t...

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