Pirita Seitamaa-Hakkarainen


Description of research and teaching

Pirita Seitamaa-Hakkarainen is professor of Craft Studies at the University of Helsinki, Department of Teacher Education. She is also docent at Aalto University. 

Pirita Seitamaa-Hakkarainen has built her research program on the development and application of cognitive theories of design processes.  The main focuses of the overall research is to analyse expertise in design, the nature of the design process and the role of the external representations, i.e., visualisation and sketching in the design process. In recent ten years she has been mostly interested in analysing collaboration and communication in design projects, the nature of the distributed expertise and the theory of knowledge building. The role of scaffolding in craft education settings, both scaffolding in social interaction as well as that mediated by material artifacts has been focus of her research. She has carried out two larger research projects funded by Academy of Finland: Facilitating Social Creativity through in Collaborative Designing 2003-2006 and Learning by Collaborative Designing 2007-2010 that both focused on computer supported collaborative learning. Recently she is Principal Investigator in   Handling Mind: Embodiment, Creativity and Design – research project funded by Academy of Finland 2013-2016.


Latest publications

  1. Accepted/In press

    A Multi-Method Case Study of Textile Craft-Design Applications – Usability and Effects on the Design Process

    Riikonen, S. M. & Seitamaa-Hakkarainen, P. 2017 (Accepted/In press) In : Art, Design and Communication in Higher Education.

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

  2. Balancing structure and flexibility: Teacher’s orchestration in collaborative long-term inquiry

    Viilo, M., Seitamaa-Hakkarainen, P. & Hakkarainen, K. 2017 Enquiry and project based learning: Students, schools and society. Leat, . D. (ed.). London: Routledge

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewChapter

  3. Learning by Making

    Seitamaa-Hakkarainen, P. & Hakkarainen, K. 2017 The SAGE encyclopedia of out-of-school learning. Peppler, K. (ed.). Thousand Oaks, California: Sage

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewChapter

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Latest activities

  1. Väitöskirjan ohjaaja

    Seitamaa-Hakkarainen, P. (Supervisor)
    16 Feb 2017

    Activity: ExaminationSupervisor or co-supervisor of doctoral thesis

  2. Väitöskirjan ohjaus

    Seitamaa-Hakkarainen, P. (Supervisor)
    12 Nov 2016

    Activity: ExaminationSupervisor or co-supervisor of doctoral thesis

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