Marjaana Kangas



Field of science

Research interests

My research work has concentrated on innovative learning environments and related pedagogical models in different educational settings. Especially I have been interested in playful learning and digital learning practices in school and beyond. During 2003-2015, I have worked as a researcher in many research projects (Let’s Play, PlayIT, InnoPlay, InnoSchool, Omnischool) related to play-based, game-based, and technology-enhanced learning environments, and participated in the development work of best practices in Finnish schools. My doctoral dissertation “The School of the Future: Theoretical and Pedagogical Approaches for Creative and Playful Learning Environments”, was rewarded by professor Lea Pulkkinen Award in Finland in 2012.

Recent interests include the issues of playfulness, game-based pedagogy, children’s agency and wellbeing, learning in and out-of-classroom settings, multiprofessional collaboration, and teacher’s competences in 21st century education.

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