Sirpa Tani


Curriculum Vitae


Sirpa Tani is Professor of Geography and Environmental Education who has her academic background in cultural geography and urban studies: her PhD in 1995 dealt with cinematic representations of people-environment relationships in Finnish fiction films. Her research interests include multisensory, embodied and emotional place attachment, the role of public spaces in young people’s lives, and environmental education in urban settings. In the field of geography education, she has investigated the role of powerful disciplinary knowledge and human capabilities in enhancing young people’s well-being. She is also interested in discipline-based integration of teaching and in the possibilities of constructing links between subject-specific teaching, youth work and young people’s geographies.


Latest publications

  1. Geography Education, Primary and Secondary: International perspectives

    Solem, M. & Tani, S. 6 Mar 2017 The International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment and Technology. Richardson, D. (ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons Ltd. , p. 1-11 11 p.

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewChapter

  2. Merkittävät lapsuudenkokemukset ja ympäristökasvatus

    Tani, S. 31 Jan 2017 In : Sirene-blogi. 2017, 31.1.2017

    Research output: General publicArticle

  3. GeoCapabilities and curriculum leadership: Balancing the priorities of aims-based and knowledge-led curriculum thinking in schools

    Uhlenwinkel, A., Béneker, T., Bladh, G., Tani, S. & Lambert, D. 2017 In : International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education. 26, 4, p. 327-341 15 p.

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

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Latest activities

  1. FM Riina Lundmanin väitöskirja

    Tani, S. (Pre-examiner)
    18 Jan 2018

    Activity: ExaminationPre-examiner of doctoral thesis

  2. The role of disciplines and school subjects in teacher education and research

    Tani, S. (Chair)
    18 Jan 201819 Jan 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

  3. Anna-Sofia Sysserin taiteen maisterin opinnäytteen tarkastus

    Tani, S. (Other role (describe in more detail in "Relation description, notes" field))
    15 Jan 2018

    Activity: ExaminationSupervision of other thesis (Master's, Licentiate)

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Latest projects

  1. GeoCapabilities 2: Teachers as Curriculum Leaders

    Lambert, D., Tani, S., Särkelä, E., Donert, K., Solem, M., Parkinson, A., Hawley, D., Kerrigan, K., Bustin, R. & Papoutsis, P.


    Project: Research project

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