School settings: Young people as learners

In Finland, health education is taught as an independent subject in secondary schools. It is also embedded in some other school subjects within basic education and in the whole curriculum to enhance the schools’ wellbeing.

In this sub-project post doctoral researcher Laura Palmgren-Neuvonen studied learners' information seeking and evaluation in group work situations. Health education lessons in four different classrooms were video-observed to examine their information literacy practices and co-construction of cognitive authorities. Four teachers with their students (Grade 6-9) implemented projects combining collaborative information seeking, knowledge building and content production.

Although taking into account Mercer and Howe’s (2012) recognition of the inseparable interplay of both teacher–student and collaborative interaction in classroom observations, this research study focuses on the learner perspective.

Publications connected to this sub-study:

Palmgren-Neuvonen, L., Littleton, K., & Hirvonen, N. (2021). Dialogic spaces in divergent and convergent collaborative learning tasks. Information and Learning Sciences (In press).

Hirvonen, N., & Palmgren-Neuvonen, L. (2019). Cognitive authorities in health education classrooms: A nexus analysis on group-based learning tasks. Library & Information Science Research, 41(3), 100964. You can read the article here.

Hirvonen, N., Nygård, T., Palmgren-Neuvonen, L., Huhta, A-M., & Huotari, M-L. (2019) Finnish school health education viewed through an information literacy lens. Proceedings of the European Conference on Information Literacy 2018. Springer International Publishing, Cham, Switzerland (Communications in Computer and Information Science). You can read the article here.

Palmgren-Neuvonen, L., Korkeamäki, R.-L., & Littleton, K. (2017) Intercreating in the context of learner-generated DV production. Thinking Skills and Creativity, 26(December 2017), 13-23. You can read the article here.

Last updated: 23.3.2021