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  • PL 9 (Siltavuorenpenger 3A)

    00014

    Finland

1981 …2023
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Personal profile

Description of research and teaching

Raili Hildén holds a position of an associate professor in language didactics. She has extensive experience in various developmental and administrative duties related to subject teacher education in Finland and abroad. Her societal merits cover a range of national and off-shore expert duties including the position of the chair of the Finnish Matriculation Examination Board Language section and second vice-chair of the Examination Board.

Dr. Hildén`s main research interests focus on language assessment as a feedback tool to improve language policies in pursuit of equality at the macro levels of education, as well as to enhance learning of individual students to cope with the challenges of globalization and intercultural encounters.  Dr. Hildén was a prominent agent in designing, developing and implementing the national language curricula and a related application of the Common European Reference scales to Finnish system of general education at the onset of the previous curricular reform in 2003-2004. In 2012- 2014 she directed the national evaluation project of language learning outcomes at the Finnish National Board of Education. 

Dr. Hildén´s research and development activities comprise a number of national and international research and development endeavors aiming at improving language teaching and validity of its assessment. In most of the projects (CEFTrain, JoCiTE, OSKU, LukSuS) Hilden has assumed the role of PI.

As a member of The Finnish Matriculation Examination Board since 2006, and the current chair of its Language Section, Dr. Hildén is  involved in the development of high-stakes language tests as a part of the digitalization of the exam. Therefore, Dr. Hildén has recently targeted her major research effort on developing a computerized test format to enable introducing a test of speaking into the exam. The project DigiTala funded by Academy of Finland and led by Dr. Hildén is dedicated to this aim.

 Because of her longstanding experience as a language teacher, Dr. Hildén has been very active in the field of in-service training and various societal expert duties. Her activities count over 200 events and in-service training courses in Finland and abroad. She has visited and maintained contacts with colleagues e.g. in Sweden (University of Gothenburg), France (University of Sorbonne 3), South Korea, Turkey and and Australia.

 Dr. Hildén regularly attends seminars and conferences related to language teaching and assessment.  Her contribution to the educational and didactic research field consists of ca 70 research or popularized articles alongside with a broad range of textbook materials and didactic guide-books

External positions

Vice-Chair, Chair of Language Section, Chair of Swedish section, Finnish National Matriculation Examination Board

1 Jan 201631 Dec 2018

Fields of Science

  • 516 Educational sciences
  • language pedagogy, language teaching, language assessment
  • teacher study, teacher education
  • oral language skills
  • social impact of assessments
  • learner autonomy

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

Publications 1981 2019

Finländska svensklärares undervisningspraktiker och deras samband med elevers inlärningsresultat

Huhtala, A., Vesalainen, M., Hildén, R. & Rautopuro, J., 2019, In : Nordand. 14, 1, p. 4-24 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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Finnish 9th graders’ language skills: effects of learning environment and teaching on levels attained compared with other European countries

Hilden, R. K., Rautopuro, J., Härmälä, M. & Huhtanen, M., 29 Jan 2019, (Accepted/In press) Festschrift fot Professor Sauli Takala. Huhta, A. & Ericsson, G. (eds.). Vol. 2019.

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

Itsearviointi taitona tulevaisuuteen

Hilden, R., 15 Mar 2019, In : SeOppi. 2019, 1, p. 4-5 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleProfessional

Open Access

Kone ja ihminen yhteistyössä

Kallio, H. H. & Hilden, R., Jan 2018, In : Tempus. 2018, 1

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleProfessional

Shadows under the North Star- The inequality developing in Finnish school education

Ouakrim-Soivio, N., Rautopuro, J. & Hilden, R., Oct 2018, In : Nordidactica : Journal of Humanities and Social Science Education . 2018, 3, p. 65-86 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access
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Projects 2002 2023

DigiTala: DigiTala - Digital support for training and assessing second language speaking

Hilden, R., Kurimo, M. & Kuronen, M.

01/09/201931/08/2023

Project: Research project

Aineenopettajan asiantuntijuus

Hahl, K., Hilden, R., Huhtala, A. & Vesalainen, M.

01/06/2019 → …

Project: Research project

SALT: Developing summative assessment literacy: A longitudinal study of pre-service and novice language teachers

Hilden, R., Dragemark-Oscarson, A., Yildirim, A. & Fröjdendal, B.

01/01/201931/12/2021

Project: Research project

Perusopetuksen päättöarvioinnin kriteereitä valmisteleva asiantuntijaryhmä

Ouakrim-Soivio, N., Hilden, R., Rautopuro, J., Kupiainen, S., Huhta, A., Luukka, M. & Hellgren, J.

01/09/201831/12/2020

Project: Other project

Prizes

Ammatillinen kunniamaininta: Vuoden kieltenopettaja 2003

Raili Hilden (Recipient), 22 Nov 2003

Prize: Prizes and awards

Kulturfonden för Sverige och Finland - Språkpriset 2004

Raili Hilden (Recipient), 16 Apr 2004

Prize: Prizes and awards

The FIPLV International Award 2005

Raili Hilden (Recipient), 12 Jun 2005

Prize: Prizes and awards

Activities 1991 2019

Ruotsin kielen oppimistulosten arviointi

Raili Hilden (Consultant)
26 Feb 201931 May 2020

Activity: Consultancy typesConsultancy

Linguapeda 2019

Raili Hilden (Speaker: Chair)
18 May 2019

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

Ainedidaktiikan symposiumi 2019

Raili Hilden (Speaker: Chair)
8 Feb 2019

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

Joint seminar with language teacher educators and students from the universities of Tallinn and Helsinki

Raili Hilden (Speaker: Chair)
Dec 2019

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

Ainedidaktiikan symposiumi 2019

Raili Hilden (Speaker: Presenter)
8 Feb 2019

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

Press / Media

YLEn Abitreenit: Ruotsin pitkä ja keskipitkä ylioppilaskoe 27.09.2018

Raili Hilden

27/09/2018

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

YLEn Abitreenit: Ruotsin pitkä ja keskipitkä ylioppilaskoe 19.03.2018

Raili Hilden

19/03/2018

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media

YLEn Abitreenit: Ruotsin pitkä ja keskipitkä ylioppilaskoe 22.09.2017

Raili Hilden & Rune Skogberg

22/09/2017

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media