Collaborative Research Activity

The coordinating body of Innokas Network, the Faculty of Educational Science at the University of Helsinki, conducts educational research in the network in collaboration with the regional coordinators, schools and partners. Our research is focused on the learning and teaching of 21st century skills, on the Innovative School model that provides key enablers for learning and on network activity in the Innokas Network. We collaborate on research activity with other universities such as Stanford University, with other educational institutions and with various companies.

Our research methodology is predominantly based on Design Research, where the researchers work in close collaboration with teachers, students and school partners in order to identify school challenges and to develop innovative solutions to address the challenges. Research activity is integrated as a part of the daily school activity, supporting practical school development at the local school site.

Research Projects

Go4Lab

Innokas Network is a partner in the Co4Lab research project funded by the Academy of Finland. The goal of the project is to develop 21st century school activity and to study the activity in the context of the digitalization of the society. The main focus of project activity in 2015-2019 is on the Innovation Education approach, its practical implementation and its various dimensions of impact.

Growing Mind

Innokas Network is a partner in the Growing Mind research project funded by the Academy of Finland. This project, active in 2018-2022 aims to develop 21st century school activity and to study it in the framework of the digitalization of the society. The Growing Mind project studies the wide landscape of 21st century learning and the holistic development of the school.

Uutta luova asiantuntijuus (ULA) – Innovative Expertise

Innokas Network is a partner in this development project for teacher training, funded by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture. The project is active in 2017-2019 and aims to develop new structures and content to link both new teacher and in-service teacher training in new ways that emphasize participant expertise and engagement.

Microbit Research

In 2017-2018 Innokas Network, in collaboration with the Micro:bit Foundation, conducts research on the teaching and learning of programming and robotics using Micro:bit.

Earlier Research

In 2012-2015 Innokas Network was responsible for the implementation of the Innovative School subproject in the Finnable project, founded by Tekes. The subproject studied the school and its surrounding community as a complex of network of learning environments. New practices utilizing technology were developed for the Innovative School, including new ways to use digital technology to support the students of today and tomorrow. A special focus was on the versatile use of technology to support personalized learning and home and school collaboration. Read more about the Finnable project here.

Publications

Development of the ROBBO Pedagogical Material – Design Based Research Approach (Project report Fall 2015 – Spring 2016)

Sormunen, K., Korhonen, T. & Lavonen, J.
2017
Robbo Project Report

Towards 21st Century Education: Success Factors, Challenges, and the Renewal of Finnish Education

Lavonen, J. & Korhonen, T.
Springer
2017
ISBN 978-981-10-1673-8

A New Wave of Learning in Finland: Get Started with Innovation!

Korhonen, T. & Lavonen, J.
Springer
2017
ISBN 978-981-10-1673-8

Digital Partnership between Home and School (in Finnish)

Korhonen, T.
Helsingin yliopisto
2017
ISBN 978-951-51-3256-7

”Somehow it feels for more natural to me”: Supporting Three Special Needs Students Using Smart Phones in Inclusion-oriented Natural Science Teaching (in Finnish)

Sormunen, K., Lavonen, J. & Juuti, K.
Suomen Kasvatustieteellinen seura
2017
ISBN 978-952-5401-78-3

The Innokas Network (in Finnish)

Kukkonen, M. & Korhonen, T.
Espoon kaupunki
2017
Innokas-verkosto teoksessa Julkisesti Luova

The Innovative School and Future Teachership (in Finnish)

Korhonen, T., Lavonen, J., Kukkonen, M., Sormunen, K. & Juuti, K.
PS-kustannus
2016
ISBN 978-952-451-705-8

The Innovative School as an Environment for the Design of Educational Innovations

Lavonen, J., Korhonen, T., Kukkonen, M., Sormunen K. & Juuti,K.
Springer
2014
ISBN 978-94-6209-749-0

Crossing School-family Boundaries Through the Use of Technology

Korhonen, T. & Lavonen, J.
Hansaprint
2014
ISBN 978-952-10-9879-6

A Case Study on School, Kindergarten, Library and Senior Home Partnership

Kukkonen, M. & Lavonen, J.
Hansaprint
2014
ISBN 978-952-10-9879-6

The Innovative School (in Finnish)

Lavonen, J., Korhonen, T., Kukkonen, M. & Sormunen, K.
PS-kustannus
2014
ISBN 978-952-451-618-1

School, Kindergarten, Public Library and Nursing Home within the Local Village Network (in Finnish)

Kukkonen, M. & Lavonen, J.
PS-kustannus
2014
ISBN 978-952-451-618-1

Crossing Classroom Boundaries in Science Teaching and Learning through the Use of Smartphones

Sormunen, K., Lavonen, J. & Juuti, K.
Hansaprint
2014
ISBN 978-952-10-9879-6

“Can I do this on my Phone?”: Mobile Devices in Supporting the Personalized Teaching of Natural Sciences (in Finnish)

Sormunen, K. & Lavonen, J.
PS-kustannus
2014
ISBN 978-952-451-618-1

ICT in Supporting Home and School Partnership (in Finnish)

Korhonen, T. & Lavonen, J.
PS-kustannus
2014
ISBN 978-952-451-618-1

School Partnerships and Networks (in Finnish)

Korhonen, T., Sormunen, K., Kukkonen, M. & Lavonen, J.
Tampereen yliopisto
2013
ISBN 978-951-44-9202-0

ICT in Supporting Home and School Collaboration: Practical Implementation of Design Research in School (in Finnish)

Korhonen, T
PS-kustannus
2012
ISBN 978-952-451-580-1

Our Class’s Thing: ICT in Supporting Home and School Collaboration (in Finnish)

Korhonen, T. & Lavonen, J.
Jyväskylän yliopisto, Koulutuksen tutkimuslaitos
2011
ISBN 978-951-39-4198-7