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. Preschoolers' Peer Collaboration on a Designing Task

    Yliverronen, V., Marjanen, P. & Seitamaa-Hakkarainen, P., Dec 2018, In : The journal of design and technology education. 23, 2, p. 106-128 23 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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

    Riikonen, S. & Seitamaa-Hakkarainen, P., 1 Oct 2018, In : Art, Design and Communication in Higher Education. 17, 2, p. 217-236 20 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  3. Idea Generation and the Shared Epistemic Object of Knowledge in an Artifact-Mediated Co-Invention Project

    Riikonen, S., Seitamaa-Hakkarainen, P. & Hakkarainen, K., Aug 2018, 22nd Annual Knowledge Building Summer Institute: Knowledge Building: A Place for Everyone in a Knowledge Society: KBSI 2018 Proceedings. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Knowlege Building International, p. 65-73 9 p.

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Latest activities

  1. Solja Upolan väitöskirjan vastaväittäjä, Lapin yliopisto

    Pirita Seitamaa-Hakkarainen (Opponent)
    25 Jan 2019

    Activity: Examination typesPre-examiner of doctoral thesis

  2. Solja Upolan väitöskirjan esitarkastus, Lapin yliopisto

    Pirita Seitamaa-Hakkarainen (Supervisor)
    17 Oct 2018

    Activity: Examination typesPre-examiner of doctoral thesis

  3. Itä-Suomen yliopisto (External organisation)

    Pirita Seitamaa-Hakkarainen (Expert)
    28 Sep 2018

    Activity: Membership typesAssessment of candidates for academic posts

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