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Description of research and teaching

I'm an Associate Professor (field: Digital learning at work) at the Faculty of Educational Sciences (University of Helsinki), and a leader of the Digital Learning and Work research group. The group belongs to the Center for Research on Activity, Development and Learning (CRADLE) which is a part of Learning, Culture and Interventions (LECI) expert group of the faculty. My main fields are technology mediated collaborative work and learning, and philosophy of learning (especially epistemology and methodology). The topic of my doctoral dissertation (2006) was on abductive methodology on searching hypotheses and new ideas. My other papers have dealt with metaphors of learning (acquisition, participation, knowledge creation), the trialogical approach to collaborative learning, and the use of building information modelling (BIM) in construction projects. My research has focused on models and theories on knowledge work and digitization, practice-based research methodologies, distributed cognition, and collaborative learning and work.

See also: http://helsinki.academia.edu/SamiPaavola

Keywords

  • 516 Educational sciences
  • 611 Philosophy

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

Publications 1998 2018

Beyond the distinction between tool and sign: Objects and artifacts in human activity

Miettinen, R. & Paavola, S., 2018, The Cambridge Handbook of Sociocultural Psychology. Rosa, A. & Valsiner, J. (eds.). 2nd edition ed. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, p. 148-162 15 p. (Cambridge Handbooks in Psychology).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia / dictionaryScientificpeer-review

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Bridging the lifecycle: A case study on facility management infrastructures and uses of BIM

Miettinen, R., Kerosuo, H., Metsälä, T. & Paavola, S., 2018, In : Journal of Facilities Management. 16, 1, p. 2-16 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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Community of inquiry and inquiry-based learning

Paavola, S. & Hakkarainen, K., 2018, Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory. Peters, M. A. (ed.). Singapore: Springer

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

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Dynamics of design collaboration. BIM models as intermediary digital objects

Paavola, S. & Miettinen, R., 2018, In : Computer Supported Cooperative Work. 27, 3-6, p. 1113-1135 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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Reconceptualizing object construction: The dynamics of building information modelling in construction design

Miettinen, R. & Paavola, S., 2018, In : Information Systems Journal. 28 , 3, p. 516-531 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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Projects 2003 2018

Activities 1997 2019

Osmith Vides Contreras

Liubov Vetoshkina (Host), Sami Paavola (Host)
24 Jun 20192 Jul 2019

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesAcademic visit at UH

Studies in Educational Evaluation (Journal)

Sami Paavola (Reviewer)
2017

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts

Educational research review. (Journal)

Sami Paavola (Reviewer)
2017

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts

ISCAR2017 – The 5th Congress of the International Society for Cultural-historical Activity Research

Sami Paavola (Attendee)
28 Aug 20171 Sep 2017

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

1st When Social Science Meets LEAN and BIM Hackathon (Event)

Sami Paavola (Board member)
25 Jan 2017

Activity: Membership typesMembership or other role in national/international committee, council, board