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  • PL 9 (Siltavuorenpenger 5A)

    00014

    Finland

20062019
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Personal profile

Description of research and teaching

My research deals with learning, teaching and communication of contemporary science and technology in

  • secondary and primary schools
  • pre-service and in-service teacher education
  • out-of-school settings (such as universities' outreach labs) and informal learning environments (such as exhibitions in museums and science centres).

In my current research I am interested in aspects of future in science and technology education. I work with the concepts of authenticity and relevance of science education, and Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in school contexts. I am interested in scientific and technological literacy and public engagement in several societally relevant fields of science and innovation, such as nanotechnology and climate change. I currently supervise three PhD students. I've been involved in the following EU-funded projects:

Before doing my PhD at the University of Helsinki, I worked several years in Heureka, the Finnish science centre. After the PhD I've worked as a visiting researcher at the IPN in Kiel, Germany (autumn 2012) and at the University of Bologna, Italy (spring 2016) supported by scholarships from the IPN and the Finnish Cultural Foundation.

I've worked as an editorial board member and/or reviewer in 10+ scientific journals and publications, and given several invited talks in international conferences and seminars. Among my positions of trust in the academic community, I've served as the Secretary and member of the board of the Finnish Mathematics and Science Education Research Association (FMSERA) in 2011-2017.

 

I am / have been teaching the following courses at the University of Helsinki:

Department of Education:

  • University lecturer in Didactics of Physics and Computer Science (deputy): autumn 2017 - present; autumn term 2013
  • Physics Didactics for pre-service secondary school (subject) teachers (3 different courses) 
  • Physics Didactics for pre-service primary school (class) teachers (3 different courses)
  • Subject Teacher Education Programme in English (STEP)
  • Conversion training for subject teachers to class teachers (HY+)

Department of Physics:

Beyond teaching at the university, during 1999-2006 I gained teaching experience in secondary schools and in the Science centre Heureka. 

 

I also work with science communication and public engagement in the context of the LUMA centre. These efforts aim to support physics and technology teaching, and to enhance the understanding of (and interest in) science and technology in Finland. We opened the F2k-laboratory in December 2010. Besides running that, I have organised science clubs, laboratory visits and summer camps for children and students, workshops and in-service training courses for teachers, and outreach activities for general public. I co-operate in various projects related to both formal and informal science education and public engagement.

External positions

Visiting postdoctoral researcher, Univ Bologna, University of Bologna

Jan 2016Jun 2016

Visiting postdoctoral researcher, LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FUR DIE PÄDAGOGIK DER NATURWISSENSCHAFTEN AN DER UNIVERSITÄT KIEL - IPN

1 Sep 201231 Dec 2012

Keywords

  • 516 Educational sciences
  • Science education
  • Futures Studies
  • Physics education research
  • Teacher education
  • informal learning
  • Science Communication
  • digital learning
  • education for sustainability
  • Global education
  • 114 Physical sciences

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.

Publications 2006 2019

Disciplinary authenticity and personal relevance in school science

Kapon, S., Laherto, A. & Levrini, O., Sep 2018, In : Science Education. 102, 5, p. 1077-1106 30 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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The I SEE project: An approach to futurize STEM education

Branchetti, L., Cutler, M., Laherto, A., Levrini, O., Palmgren, K. E., Tasquier, G. & Wilson, C., 21 Jun 2018, In : Visions for Sustainability. 9, p. 10-26 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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Sisältötiedosta luonnontieteelliseen lukutaitoon - tiedeopetuksen muuttuvat tavoitteet

Kokkonen, T. P. & Laherto, A. M. P., 17 Jun 2018, In : Ainedidaktiikka. 2, 1, p. 20-38 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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Research-based exhibition development: Illustrating the invisible nanoworld

Laherto, A., 17 Sep 2018, In : LUMAT: Research and Practice in Math, Science and Technology Education. 6, 2, p. 103-125 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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Contextualizing the EU's “Responsible Research and Innovation”policy in science education: a conceptual comparison with the Nature of Science concept and practical examples

Laherto, A. M. P., Kampschulte, L., de Vocht, M., Blonder, R., Akaygün, S. & Apotheker, J., 25 Mar 2018, In : Eurasia Journal of Mathematics, Science & Technology Education. 14, 6, p. 2287–2300 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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Projects 2006 2019

Activities 2005 2019

Lukiolaisten tulevaisuusajattelua kehittämässä: opetuskokeilu kompleksisista systeemeistä, skenaarioajattelusta ja kvanttitietokoneista

Antti Laherto (Speaker), Kirsi Elina Palmgren (Speaker), Pia Erkko (Speaker), Tapio Elias Rasa (Speaker)
15 Nov 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Nordina : Nordic studies in science education (Journal)

Antti Laherto (Editor)
May 2018 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditor of research journal

Tulevaisuustaitoja tiedeopetukseen

Antti Laherto (Speaker), Kirsi Elina Palmgren (Speaker), Merja Johanna Jauhiainen (Speaker)
5 Jun 20186 Jun 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Ainedidaktiikan symposiumi 2018

Antti Laherto (Speaker: Presenter), Kirsi Elina Palmgren (Speaker: Presenter), Olivia Levrini (Speaker: Presenter)
9 Feb 2018

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