INSPIRES (INStitutions and PractIces of new liteRaciES)
Traditionally literacy research has been conducted in isolation within disciplines such as psycholinguistics, education, and psychology. Moreover, literacies have been investigated as instrumental skills of individuals rather than as practices in a social context, taking into account both historical continuities and discontinuities in cultural forms of life.
INSPIRES aims at generating interdisciplinary knowledge
The purpose of INSPIRES is to introduce new theoretical knowledge, novel methodologies and elaborated methods by examining the literac
INSPIRES has conducted interdisciplinary theoretical and empirical studies, including the Joy of Reading Program (2013–2015) funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture and the Academy of Finland funded project CogAHealth (2016–2020). INSPIRES researchers have published jointly in high-quality peer-reviewed international and domestic scientific forums, and popularized the findings of this research to wider audiences. INSPIRES also responds to changing structures of the contemporary and future society, including the labour markets. It provides doctoral and research-based education for degree students at the University of Oulu and also in-service education to enhance multi-professionalism. It arranges a monthly research seminar where the participants can share and receive feedback on their research.
The following researchers are currently involved in INSPIRES:
Maija-Leena Huotari, PhD, Professor
Erkki Karvonen, PhD, Professor
Riitta-Liisa Korkeamäki, PhD, Professor Emerita
Heidi Enwald, PhD
Terttu Kortelainen, PhD, MSc, Adjunct professor
Vesa Suominen, PhD, Adjunct professor, Emeritus
Noora Hirvonen, PhD
Anna Suorsa, PhD
Helena Känsäkoski, PhD
Virve Antinoja, MA
Riitta-Liisa Karjalainen, MEd
Teija Keränen, MA, MSc
Kaisu Koivumäki, MA
Tuula Nygård, MEd
Siinamari Tikkinen, MEd
Annette Ukkola, MEd
Moreover, researchers in the Health Information Mastering, HIM-Oulu&Åbo research group are involved in INSPIRES.
Last updated: 17.11.2020