Track 4 Network travel to the University of Helsinki, 26.-30. October 2015
Nine candidates and three track leaders from NATED Track 4 have recently conducted a network travel to the University of Helsinki. The aim of the trip was to establish contacts with research groups and PhD-students concerned with Higher education and Professional Learning, for the purpose of knowledge exchange and future cooperation.
An important purpose of the trip was to establish contacts between PhD candidates from Norway and Helsinki. One such meeting was organized in a ‘speed dating’ format, in order to explore shared points of interest, exchange information about the various projects and get to know each other. The program also gave room for follow-up of contacts whose research interests coincided. The visiting delegation was very grateful to participate in a lecture by Sari Linblom-Ylänne in university pedagogics, and to meet with Professor Auli Toom, Department of Teacher Education, who gave an introduction to the Helsinki model of teacher education and current research projects related to teacher education.
Several research groups had set aside time to meet the visiting delegation and to present their work: Centre for research and development of higher education, (Sari Lindblom-Ylänne), CRADLE, (Center for Research on Activity, Development and Learning, Reijo Miettinnen), KUPOLI (Research Unit focusing on the Sociology and Politics of Education, Jaakko Kauko and Janne Varjo) and DIVIDE (Diversification and inequalities in Nordic Higher Education, Ulpukka Isopahkala-Bouret).
The excellent academic and social program gave Track 4 and Helsinki PhD-students the opportunity to discuss higher education and professional learning, both in a national and an international context.
The Track 4 visit to Helsinki was very successful, both socially and academically. The track members would like to express their deepest gratitude to professor Sari Lindblom-Ylänne and her collaborators for their hospitality. Finally, the track members appreciate the financial support given by NATED to undertake the journey.