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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 → …


  • 516 Educational sciences

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

Publications 2001 2019

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 ry, p. 79-97 19 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterProfessional

Open Access
Open Access

Validating Entrepreneurial Intentions Questionnaire to Assess the Impact of Entrepreneurship Education

Asghar, M. Z., Gul, F., Seitamaa-Hakkarainen, P. & Tasdemir, M. Z., 2019, In : Eğitim ve bilim. 44, 197, p. 383-399 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Bringing Practices of Co-Design and Making to Basic Education

Riikonen, S., Seitamaa-Hakkarainen, P. & Hakkarainen, K., Jun 2018, Rethinking Learning in the Digital Age: Making the Learning Sciences Count, 13th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) 2018. Kay, J. & Luckin, R. (eds.). London, UK: ISLS International Society of the Learning Sciences, Vol. Volume 1. p. 248-255 8 p.

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

Open Access

Projects 2008 2023

Activities 2002 2019

Solja Upolan väitöskirjan vastaväittäjä, Lapin yliopisto

Pirita Seitamaa-Hakkarainen (Opponent)
25 Jan 2019

Activity: Examination typesPre-examiner of doctoral thesis

Solja Upolan väitöskirjan esitarkastus, Lapin yliopisto

Pirita Seitamaa-Hakkarainen (Supervisor)
17 Oct 2018

Activity: Examination typesPre-examiner of doctoral thesis

Koulun, kasvatuksen, yhteiskunnan ja kulttuurin tohtoriohjelman (SEDUCE)

Pirita Seitamaa-Hakkarainen (Director)

Activity: Examination typesDirector of doctoral programme

Katja Vilhusen väitöskirjan esitarkastaja, Itä-Suomen yliopisto

Pirita Seitamaa-Hakkarainen (Pre-examiner)
13 Apr 2018

Activity: Examination typesPre-examiner of doctoral thesis

Department of Education (Organisational unit)

Pirita Seitamaa-Hakkarainen (Board member)
1 Jan 201831 Dec 2022

Activity: Membership typesMembership or other role in public Finnish or international organization