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Curriculum vitae

Title of Docent

Senior university lecturer in Arts Education and Aesthetic Subjects


Curriculum vitae

Title of Docent

PhD (Arts Education)

Master of Arts

Drama Education Subject Teacher

Supervisor Competence

Curriculum vitae

Supervisor in postgraduate studies (doctoral dissertations) in Education and Arts Education

Supervisor in master's theses in Education and Arts Education

Supervisor in bachelor's theses in Education and Arts Education


Description of research and teaching

Docent Hannah Kaihovirta has a position as a senior university lecturer in arts education and aesthetic subjects at the Faculty of Educational Sciences at the University of Helsinki. Cross curricular design, aesthetic subjects, visual art, drama education, contemporary arts in school, critical and sustainable education, and new literacy learning are central areas in her research. Especially aesthetic and creative learning processes, professional development, mentoring and leadership at various educational levels are central research topics. Arts education as possible worlds for diversity, multilingualism and social justice in education drive her research. With a focus on arts education she has developed theory of non-linear learning, the rhizomatic aspects of learning and methods of dialogue teaching in formal and informal learning environments. Central methods in her research are visual methods, interaction analysis in collaboration with language researchers and action research.  ARTography (Artist, Researcher, Teacher) as method and research practice informs also her research. Her research is represented in publications, lectures, exhibitions and international research and education networks. Hannah Kaihovirta has long experience of arts as learning and visual artist practice, project managing and curating of arts exhibitions and arts education events.


Education/Academic qualification

Education, Title of Docent, Åbo akademi

Award Date: 31 May 2018

Arts Education, PhD, Åbo akademi

Award Date: 1 Sep 2009

Drama Education, Åbo akademi

Award Date: 31 Dec 2008

Master of Arts, Taideteollinen korkeakoulu

Award Date: 31 May 2004

External positions

Arts Education SIG-group, member, FERA: Suomen Kasvatustieteellinen seura

2021 → …

Title of Docent, Åbo Akademi University, Åbo akademi

2018 → …

Chair, TAIKE

1 Jan 201731 Dec 2020

Extern Supervisor, Åbo akademi

2014 → …

Extern Supervisor, Aalto University

2014 → …

Fields of Science

  • 516 Educational sciences
  • 6132 Visual arts and design
  • 6131 Theatre, dance, music, other performing arts

International and National Collaboration

Publications and projects within past five years.
  • Handledarpris

    Kaihovirta, Hannah (Recipient), 3 Sep 2013

    Prize: Prizes and awards