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 three 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. She was Principal Investigator in  Handling Mind: Embodiment, Creativity and Design – research project funded by Academy of Finland 2013-2016. Recently she is working in Laboratory of Co-inquiry, co-design, co-teaching, and co-regulation (Co4-Lab)  project (PI Kai Hakkarainen, coPIs Jari Lavonen, Katariina Salmela-Aro, Pirita Seitamaa-Hakkarainen) funded by Academy of Finland. The newest consortion project is Innokomp: Innovation competences, co-creation, digital modeling and multimateriality (2017-2019) funded by OKM.


Latest publications

  1. Collaborative Design Work in Technology Education

    Kangas, K. K. & Seitamaa-Hakkarainen, S. P. 2018 International Handbook of Technoloy Education. de Vries, M. (ed.). Springer International Publishing , p. 597-609 13 p. (Springer International Handbooks of Education; no. 1)

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewChapter

  2. Accepted/In press

    Towards design hybridity: Negotiating traditions through contemporary craft making in Finland.

    Kouhia, A. M. & Seitamaa-Hakkarainen, S. P. 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : Craft Research.

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

  3. Why our brains love arts and crafts: Implications of creative practices on psychophysical well-being.

    Huotilainen, M. J., Rankanen, M., Groth, C., Seitamaa-Hakkarainen, S. P. & Mäkelä, M. 2018 In : FORMakademisk.

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

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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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