Pekka Mertala

Pekka Mertala


13 peer reviewed publications in international journals. The publications have been cited 83 times, of which the most cited publication accounts for 34 citations. The author has a h-index of 4.00. (


Dr. Pekka Mertala is aformer kindergarten teacher who currently works as post-doctoral researcher in the Faculty of Education at University of Oulu, Finland. His ongoing research focuses on young chuldren's and their professional educators relationships with media and technology. 

Research interests

  • Media education
  • Digitalization of education

Social media

Selected publications

  • Mertala, Pekka (2017) Wag the dog : The nature and foundations of preschool educators’ positive ICT pedagogical beliefs. - Computers in human behavior 69, 197-206 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Mertala, Pekka (2019) Wonder children and victimizing parents : preservice early childhood teachers ’ beliefs about children and technology at home. - Early child development and care 189 (3), 392-404 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Mertala, Pekka (2017) Digital technologies in early childhood education - a frame analysis of preservice teachers’ perceptions. - Early child development and care 189 (8), 1228-1241 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Mertala, Pekka; Karikoski, Hannele; Tähtinen, Liisa; Sarenius, Vesa-Matti (2016) The value of toys : 6–8-year-old children's toy preferences and the functional analysis of popular toys. - International journal of play 5 (1), 11-27 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Mertala, Pekka (2016) Fun and games : Finnish children’s ideas for the use of digital media in preschool. - Nordic journal of digital literacy 11 (4), 207-226 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Mertala, Pekka; Meriläinen, Mikko (2019) The best game in the world: Exploring young children’s digital game–related meaning-making via design activity. - Global Studies of Childhood Online first, Online first . [Original] [Self-archived]