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Description of research and teaching

Pirita Seitamaa-Hakkarainen is professor of Craft Studies at the University of Helsinki, Department of Teacher Education. She is also docent at Aalto University.

Pirita Seitamaa-Hakkarainen has built her research program on the development and application of cognitive theories of design processes.  The main focuses of the overall research is to analyse expertise in design, the nature of the design process and the role of the external representations, i.e., visualisation and sketching in the design process. In recent ten years she has been mostly interested in analysing collaboration and communication in design projects, the nature of the distributed expertise and the theory of knowledge building. The role of scaffolding in craft education settings, both scaffolding in social interaction as well as that mediated by material artifacts has been focus of her research. She has carried out three larger research projects funded by Academy of Finland: Facilitating Social Creativity through in Collaborative Designing 2003-2006 and Learning by Collaborative Designing 2007-2010 that both focused on computer supported collaborative learning. She was Principal Investigator in  Handling Mind: Embodiment, Creativity and Design – research project funded by Academy of Finland 2013-2016. Recently she is working in Laboratory of Co-inquiry, co-design, co-teaching, and co-regulation (Co4-Lab)  project (PI Kai Hakkarainen, coPIs Jari Lavonen, Katariina Salmela-Aro, Pirita Seitamaa-Hakkarainen) funded by Academy of Finland. The newest consortion project is Innokomp: Innovation competences, co-creation, digital modeling and multimateriality (2017-2019) funded by OKM.

External positions

Docent, Aalto University

2003 → …

Fields of Science

  • 516 Educational sciences

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

Publications 2001 2020

Unstitching the Fabric of Informal Learning: Researching Collective Quiltmaking.

Warner, L., Seitamaa-Hakkarainen, P. & Hakkarainen, K., 2020, (Accepted/In press) In Deborah L. Mulligan & Patrick Alan Danaher (eds) Researching within the Educational Margins. Palgrave studies in education research methods . Palgrave Macmillan

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

Open Access

Kōmako Quilters’ informal learning and the collective zone of proximal development: The ‘5x5 quilt’ project

Warner, L., Seitamaa-Hakkarainen, P. & Hakkarainen, K., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Art & Communities. 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Koulu keksivänä yhteisönä

Seitamaa-Hakkarainen, P. & Hakkarainen, K., 26 Jan 2019, Sähköistyvä koulu: Oppiminen ja oppimateriaalit muuttuvassa tietoympäristössä. Tossavainen, T. & Löytönen, M. (eds.). Helsinki: Suomen tietokirjailijat, p. 79-97 19 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterProfessional

Open Access

Mapping the methodologies of the Craft Sciences in Finland, Sweden and Norway

Kokko, S., Seitamaa-Hakkarainen, P., Almevik, G. & Høgseth, H., 27 Sep 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Craft Research. 11, 2

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Projects 2008 2023

Activities 2002 2019

Virpi Yliverronen

Pirita Seitamaa-Hakkarainen (Supervisor)
13 Sep 2019

Activity: Examination typesSupervisor or co-supervisor of doctoral thesis

Solja Upolan väitöskirjan vastaväittäjä, Lapin yliopisto

Pirita Seitamaa-Hakkarainen (Opponent)
25 Jan 2019

Activity: Examination typesOpponent of doctoral dissertation


Sirpa Kokko (Attendee), Sini Riikonen (Attendee), Kaiju Kangas (Attendee), Pirita Seitamaa-Hakkarainen (Attendee)
17 Sep 201920 Sep 2019

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


Piia-Riitta Stenberg väitöskirjan ohjaaja

Pirita Seitamaa-Hakkarainen (Supervisor)
15 Mar 2019

Activity: Examination typesSupervisor or co-supervisor of doctoral thesis

Helena Tokkosen väitöskirjan esitarkastaja, Oulun yliopisto

Pirita Seitamaa-Hakkarainen (Pre-examiner)
31 Aug 2018

Activity: Examination typesPre-examiner of doctoral thesis