SALLA AHOLA is a postgraduate student of social psychology in the University of Helsinki. Her research interests include human values, knowledge conceptions and attitudes to expert knowledge.
JP JAKONEN is an author specialised in applying the model of integral thinking to the development of leadership. He has written the books Kukoistavan johtamisen käsikirja [Manual for flourishing leadership], Kotona kosmoksessa [At home in the cosmos], and Stressivapaa johtaja [A stress-free manager]. He is preparing a doctoral dissertation on Ken Wilber’s philosophy.
SOILE JUUJÄRVI is a docent of social psychology in the University of Helsinki and she works as a senior teacher at Laurea Universities of Applied Sciences. Her doctoral dissertation dealt with the ethics of care and the development thereof. Her research interests include the development of moral thinking, ethics education and professional ethics as well as practice-oriented innovation activities. She has actively developed ethics education and is one of the authors of the textbook Eettinen herkkyys ammatillisessa toiminnassa (Ethical sensitivity in professional practice).
EEVA K. KALLIO (the editor), in her research career in the University of Jyväskylä, has primarily studied the development of adult thinking. In addition, she has participated in several development projects of university teaching and worked also more generally as an instructor and lecturer in the field of adult education. Her main research interests relate to the concepts used in psychology and educational science, including their meta-theoretical and historical consideration. She is a founding member and the first president (2011-2016) of European Society for Research on Adult Development and also a member of the respective editorial board of Journal of Adult Development. She is mentioned in the large reference edition Oxford University Online Bibliographies as one of the pioneers in the research of the development of adult thinking. Her long-term interests include the history of cultural cosmology, Chinese metaphysics and active practice of taiji.
MATTI KAMPPINEN is senior lecturer and docent in Comparative Religion at the University of Turku. He has researched ethnomedicine and witchcraft in the Peruvian Amazon as well as the philosophy of cognitive science, cultural models of environmental risks and technology, environmental responsibility of corporations, and integration of biodiversity into decision making. Kamppinen has worked as a visiting researcher in the Department of Anthropology at Cornell University, as Professor in Education Sociology at the University of Eastern Finland, and as a senior researcher, research manager and director in the Finland Futures Research Centre at Turku School of Economics. He has published his studies, e.g. in the following journals: British Journal of Psychiatry, Technology in Society, Approaching Religion, Forest Policy and Economics, and Biodiversity and Conservation. He has also edited, together with Pertti Saariluoma and Antti Hautamäki, a book titled Moderni kognitiotiede [Modern cognitive science]and a special edition of Futura journal titled Kognitiotiede tulevaisuuden tekijänä [Cognitive science as a contributor to the future].
KATJA KOKKO works as research manager in Gerontology Research Centre in the Department of Health Sciences, University of Jyväskylä. She has worked earlier as a researcher in the Department of Psychology at the same university. She has pursued post-doctoral studies e.g. in the University of Montreal, Canada. She has a wide experience from international and multidisciplinary research cooperation. She has led a longitudinal study on the growth from a child into an adult since 2013. Her research themes relate to life-cycle psychology and adult development, particularly in the domains of personality, wellbeing and work career.
MINNA KOUTANIEMI has worked as a doctoral student and instructor at the University of Helsinki, in the unit for the research and development of university pedagogy, the Faculty of Behavioural Sciences. In addition, she has worked in several posts at the University of Helsinki related to pedagogic development. Her doctoral dissertation in university pedagogy deals with scientific thinking in university studies.
SARI LINDBLOM-YLÄNNE is Professor in University Pedagogy in the University of Helsinki and the director of the unit for the research and development of university pedagogy. In addition, she works also as the vice-dean in charge of research and doctoral education in the Faculty of Behavioural Sciences and leads a doctoral programme titled Psychology, Learning and Communication. She is also a licensed psychologist. Her research concentrates on the psychology of learning, while the themes include students’ wellbeing, regulation and procrastination of learning, conceptions of knowledge and learning, and motivation and academic emotions. She was the president of European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI) in 2009-2011 and is the president of World Education Research Association (WERA) for the period of 2014-2016. She has written several textbooks and non-fiction books, including a psychology textbook series for upper secondary schools, a guidebook for academic writing, and a manual for university teachers. In 2004 she was awarded the Eino Kaila prize for her teaching merits.
MIRJAMAIJA MIKKILÄ-ERDMANN works as a professor in education at the Teacher Education Department of the University of Turku. Her research is focused on learning, particularly on the processes of understanding and on supporting these by interventions. In recent years she has led consortium projects funded by the Academy of Finland, which have developed and tested new digital learning materials in collaboration with Finnish and American researchers (EAGER). The latest research project relates to learning and teaching of Internet skills for elementary school pupils (IFUCO). This project is carried out in cooperation with Chilean researchers, and is funded by the Academy of Finland.
LAURA MONONEN is a project researcher and a postgraduate student of cognitive science at the University of Jyväskylä. She seeks to bend deep-seated thinking patterns and evoke new innovations at the interfaces of academic and practical fields. Her research interests include creative thinking, design, visual communication, and regenerative processes. Her dissertation work addresses creativity from the perspective of systems thinking, aiming at gaining deeper understanding of the dynamic relative to the emergence of new perspectives.
JAANA-PIA MÄKINIEMI is a social psychologist, and has studied e.g. moral thinking relative to work and eating habits. She has finished her doctoral dissertation in social psychology in the University of Helsinki. The dissertation deals with ethical choices concerning food. In recent years she has also participated in a research team at the University of Tampere and studied wellbeing at work and the promotion thereof.
ANNA-MAIJA PIRTTILÄ-BACKMAN is Professor in Social Psychology at the University of Helsinki, and she has studied personal epistemologies and social representations, but also e.g. trust and human rights. She is interested in cultural psychology, especially from the comparative perspective. She has been a member of Teachers’ Academy since 2015. Currently she is acting as the vice-dean in charge of research and doctoral education in the Faculty of Social Sciences.
HANNELE SEPPÄLÄ’s doctoral dissertation dealt with the skills of logical thinking and knowledge conceptions among university and vocational higher education students. She has worked for long on the qualitative evaluation and development of higher education both in the Finnish Higher Education Evaluation Council and the Finnish Education Evaluation Centre. At present she is working in the Rectors’ Conference of Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences and coordinates the development of specialisation studies in vocational higher education.
HELEN SHEHADEH’s Master’s thesis in the University of Jyväskylä explored positive personality development in middle age. Her thesis was based on the longitudinal data collected in the project”Lapsesta aikuiseksi” [From a child into an adult]. She is currently working in Vantaa Psychological Services with families expecting a child and also with children under school age and their parents.
AULI TOOM works as a lecturer in the Unit for the research and development of university pedagogy at the University of Helsinki. Her main research interests comprise teacher’s pedagogic knowledge and agency, research-based teacher education as well as scholarly instruction and practices of knowledge work in university pedagogy. In collaboration with her researcher colleagues, Auli Toom is leading several projects related to these themes. She is also an associate editor-in-chief of the journal Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice. Besides her research activities, she has participated actively in development efforts for teacher education and acted as an expert in several international research and development projects in the field of teacher education.
MIIRA TUOMINEN is a researcher and lecturer of philosophy at the University of Jyväskylä. After her doctoral dissertation in the University of Helsinki in 2001, she has studied Ancient philosophy, in particular, regarding the concept of knowledge and the analysis of mental cognitive competences as well as the history of valid reasoning and science. In addition, she has edited a collection about cultural assumptions associated with suicide, published a short writing about football, and is researching love (also) from the philosophic perspective. Her current research project deals with seeking one’s own benefit and consideration of others in the philosophy of late Antiquity. Within this frame she is preparing a monograph about the ethics of Porfyrios, as represented in his thesis against causing harm to animals, which was written in the late third century.
PÄIVI TYNJÄLÄ works as a professor in the Finnish Institute for Educational Research, University of Jyväskylä. Her research field comprises teaching and learning in higher education. Her specific interests include e.g. learning at the interfaces of education and the world of work, enhancing the expertise of higher education graduates, and teachers’ professional development. She has an extensive record of domestic and international publications, and she has also worked as the editor-in-chief of the journal Educational Research Review. In addition, she has served in many national and international posts as a scientific expert and had duties related to societal interaction, e.g. as a member of the Finnish Education Evaluation Council.