Hannah Kaihovirta, Title of Docent


  • PL 9 (Siltavuorenpenger 5A)




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Personal profile

Curriculum vitae

Senior university lecturer in Arts Education and Aesthetic Subjects

Associate professor

Curriculum vitae

Associate Professor

PhD (Arts Education)

Master of Arts

Drama Education Competence

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

Associate Professor Hannah Kaihovirta has a position as a senior university lecturer in arts education and aesthetic subjects at the Faculty of Education at the University of Helsinki. Cross curricular design, aesthetic subjects, visual art, drama education, contemporary arts in school, critical and sustainable education, and multi literacy learning are central areas in her research. Especially aesthetic and creative learning processes, professional development, mentoring and leadership at various educational levels, digital and multi modal literacy in arts-based as well as arts-informed teaching are central research topics. 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. ARTography (Artist, Researcher, Teacher) as method and research practice informs 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 pedagogical events.


Education/Academic qualification

Arts Education, PhD, Åbo akademi

Drama Education, Åbo akademi

Master of Arts, Taideteollinen korkeakoulu

External positions

Chair, TAIKE

1 Jan 201731 Dec 2020

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.


Open Access

Experimenting with experience: Searching for 'the middle ground' of artful literature teaching

Østern, A-L. & Kaihovirta, H., 2019, Performative Approaches in Arts Education: Artful Teaching, Learning and Research. Østern, A-L. & Knudsen, K. N. (eds.). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, p. 96-115 20 p. (Routledge Research in Education).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Vad innebär multilitteracitet i bildkonst?

Kaihovirta, H., 2018, Multilitteracitet: Uptäck och utveckla din kompetens. Hellgren, J. & Granskog, P. (eds.). Helsingfors: Utbildningsstyrelsen, p. 36-38 3 p. (Guider och handböcker; no. 2017:6).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterProfessional

Open Access

Blended Learning Spaces and Arts Education

Kaihovirta, H. M. & Rimpilä, M., 31 Dec 2017, (In preparation) Gestures and Multimodality IGesto17. Moreira, C., N, N. & N, N. (eds.). Porto: Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto, 5 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionScientificpeer-review

Sakförhållanden och händelseförlopp

Kaihovirta, H., 20 May 2017, Åbo : Åbo Akademi.

Research output: Other contribution


Hållbara storylineprojekt i skärgårdsmiljö

Kaihovirta, H. & Eklund, T.


Project: Research project

Litteraturbaserad storyline

Kaihovirta, H. & Rantala, B.


Project: Research project

Virtual Reality and Visual Art Education in Basic Education

Kaihovirta, H., Rimpilä, M., Andersson, S. & Majors, J.


Project: Research project



Hannah Kaihovirta (Recipient), 3 Sep 2013

Prize: Prizes and awards


#iLive - konturer af en performativ dramadidaktik i en digital samtid

Hannah Kaihovirta (Opponent), Lise Hovik (Opponent)
30 Oct 2017

Activity: Examination typesOpponent of doctoral dissertation

Kunnskapsutvikling i fiksjon og virkelighet

Hannah Kaihovirta (Opponent), Bernt Gustavsson (Opponent)

Activity: Examination typesOpponent of doctoral dissertation

Samtidskunst i utdanning

Hannah Kaihovirta (Supervisor), Elin Angelo (Supervisor)

Activity: Examination typesSupervisor or co-supervisor of doctoral thesis


Hannah Kaihovirta (Consultant)
30 Sep 2017

Activity: Consultancy typesConsultancy

Ainedidaktiikan symposiumi

Seija Orvokki Kairavuori (Speaker: Chair), Hannah Kaihovirta (Speaker: Chair)
8 Feb 2019

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