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  • Finland

  • PL 62 (Viikinkaari 11)



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Curriculum vitae

My study concerns the development of expertise in the context of life sciences. I am particularly interested in questions that deal with the challenges related to conceptual understanding of complex phenomena. In addition, I’m intriguided, how learning and teaching can support students' systemic understanding. In that, we need profound and versatile understanding of cognitive processes combined with investigation of learning of different hands-on skills. Therefore, I utilize both surveys and process-level methodology, such as eye tracking.


  • 516 Educational sciences
  • 1184 Genetics, developmental biology, physiology

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

Publications 2011 2018

Challenges in Understanding Meiosis: Fostering Metaconceptual Awareness among University Biology Students

Murtonen, M., Nokkala, C. & Södervik, I. J., 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Biological Education.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Medical students' biomedical and clinical knowledge: Combining longitudinal design, eye tracking and comparison with residents' performance

Södervik, I., Mikkilä-Erdmann, M., Vilppu, H. & Österholm, E., 2017, In : Learning and Instruction. 52, p. 139-147 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Exploring eye movements of experienced and novice readers of medical texts concerning the cardiovascular system in making a diagnosis

Vilppu, H., Mikkila-Erdmann, M., Södervik, I. & Österholm, E., 2016, In : Anatomical Sciences Education. 10, 1

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review


Södervik, I., Virtanen, V. & Mikkila-Erdmann, M., Aug 2015, In : International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education. 13, 4, p. 733-750 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Projects 2009 2021

CELLS: Cultivating Expertise in Learning of Life Sciences - Advancing Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

Södervik, I. J., Katajavuori, N. M. J., Hanski, L. L. & Boshuizen, P. H. P. A.


Project: University of Helsinki Three-Year Research Project_Research