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  • PL 9 (Siltavuorenpenger 3A)



1988 …2020
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Personlig profil


I have completed my school education and M.A (Ed.) degree in Finland, and PhD (Ed.) degree at the Canterbury Christ Church University College / University of Kent, UK, in 2005.

I have been working as a teacher at all levels of education, and as a special teacher in year grades 1-9. I have extensive working experience in teacher education (in-service and pre-service, on-the-job training), school development work and policy development for inclusive education.

Since 1995, I have been involved in working in the field of inclusive education. Between 1995-2001 I worked at UNESCO (Harare, Zimbabwe, and Paris, France) as a Programme Specialist responsible for the conceptual and practical development of Inclusive Education. This work involved policy advice to the Member States, mainly in Africa, as well as developing teacher education. 2002-2009 I have worked in South Africa and Tanzania in long term assignments in strategic development of Inclusive Education. During that period I have also been involved in developing inclusive education policies and strategies in Namibia and Eritrea. In Finland, I have worked in education cite development activities and in-service teacher education in the field of inclusive education.

2009 - 2015, I was responsible for the 60 ECTS studies in special needs education at the University of Lapland, Finland. These studies are targeted to teachers who will work in inclusive settings. Increasingly, I became involved also in developing university pedagogy, and inclusive early childhood education. I will be on leave-on-absence during 11/2017 - 10/2020 as I am appointed as Counsellor in education at the Embassy of Finland in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

My research interests are school development for inclusion, learners’ voices and inclusive pedagogy, as well as collaborative professional development for inclusion.

Utbildning / akademisk kvalifikation

Education, PhD, University of Kent


  • 516 Pedagogik

Internationellt och inhemskt samarbete Publikationer och projekt inom de senaste fem åren.

Publikationer 1988 2020

Translating inclusive values into pedagogical actions

Väyrynen, S. & Paksuniemi, M., 2020, I : International Journal of Inclusive Education. 24, 2, s. 147-161

Forskningsoutput: TidskriftsbidragArtikelVetenskapligPeer review

Focus on Participation: What Can We Learn from Student Teachers Participation in Curriculum Design and Implementation? A Case Study

Väyrynen, S. & Hietanen, L., 11 aug 2018, I : Education in the North. 25, 1-2, s. 23-44 22 s.

Forskningsoutput: TidskriftsbidragArtikelVetenskapligPeer review

Öppen tillgång

Towards inclusive education in Finland

Väyrynen, S., 2017, I : Scuola Democratica. VIII, 1, s. 221-228 8 s.

Forskningsoutput: TidskriftsbidragArtikelVetenskapligPeer review

Finnish and Russian teachers supporting the development of social skills

Väyrynen, S., Kesälahti, E., Pynninen, T., Siivola, J., Flotskaya, N., Bulanova, S., Volskaya, O., Usova, Z., Kuzmicheva, T. & Afonkina, Y., 9 aug 2016, I : European Journal of Teacher Education. 39, 4, s. 437-451 15 s.

Forskningsoutput: TidskriftsbidragArtikelVetenskapligPeer review

A Glance at Inclusion in a Small Finnish Community: Essential Teacher Competencies

Väyrynen, S., 2015, Making education inclusive. Walton, E. & Moonsamy, S. (red.). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, s. 41-60 20 s.

Forskningsoutput: Kapitel i bok/rapport/konferenshandlingKapitelVetenskapligPeer review

Projekter 2012 2015

A School for All - Development of Inclusive Education

Väyrynen, S.


Projekt: Annan projekt

Aktiviteter 2000 2019

A study of Earliy Childhood Education Provision for Preschool Children in Dilla Town, SNNPR

Sai Väyrynen (Opponent)
8 nov 2019

Aktivitet: ExaminationstyperOpponent i doktorsavhandling

Inklusiivinen pedagogiikka – peruskouluopetuksen haaste vai ratkaisu

Sai Väyrynen (Handledare)
2019 → …

Aktivitet: ExaminationstyperFörhandsgranskare av doktorsavhandling

Pre-examination of Doctoral Dissertation

Sai Väyrynen (Handledare)

Aktivitet: ExaminationstyperOpponent i doktorsavhandling

Trends and Prospects of Early Childhood Education in Dilla Town

Sai Väyrynen (Förhandsgranskare)
2019 → …

Aktivitet: ExaminationstyperOpponent i doktorsavhandling

External examiner of doctoral dissertation

Sai Väyrynen (Handledare)
7 mar 2018

Aktivitet: ExaminationstyperOpponent i doktorsavhandling