Hannah Kaihovirta

Associate professor (docent) Hannah Kaihovirta is a senior lecturer in the field of aesthetic didactics in education at the Swedisch speaking teacher education department at the Faculty of Education at University of Helsinki.

Her focus research are visual arts, drama education, contemporary art, sustainable didactics and multi literacy. Her research aims are crossing boundaries in contemporary arts education, digital and multimodal literacy in arts-based, arts-led and arts-informed education. She is informed by transformative, performative and post-human theories of learning and has developed rhizomatic learning methods for dialogue teaching in formal and informal arts learning design. A research methodology that informs her research is ARTography (Artist, Researcher, Teacher). This methodology recognizes art as experience where art qualities and aesthetic inputs generate the conditions for research.

2018-2020, Hannah Kaihovirta is one of the project researchers in Sustainable Stories in Early Childhood Education (SUSTE) project, where her research interests are sustainable stories in art education and toddler education. Project colleegs are lecturer, PhD Ann-Christin Furu and Associate professor (docent) Lily- Ann Wolff at the University of Helsinki.

Hannah Kaihovirta works as a supervisor and opponent for BA-, MA- and PhD- examinations at University of Helsinki, Åbo Akademi University, Aalto University and Norges teknisk-naturvetenskaplige universitet.

Key words: Practice-based Research, Sustainable, Arts Education, Contemporary Aesthetics




Helsingfors universitet


Filosofie doktor



hannah.kaihovirta (at) helsinki.fi

  • Kaihovirta, H. (2018). I Can Fly. Juxtaposition lärarutbildare-klasslärarstuderande. Konstbaserade lärprocesser dom bildkonstdidaktisk erfarenhet. Journal for Tesearch in Arts snd Sports Education. (Open access).
  • Kaihovirta, H. (2017). Teacher Improvisation as Processes of Mosaic, Kaleidoscope and Rhizome – an arts-based, co-teaching approach. Journal for Research in Arts and Sports Education. (Open access).
  • Elo, J. & Kaihovirta, H.(2017). Entreprenöriell bildkonst: en dialog om utbildning som mötesplats för entreprenörskap och bildkonst. Informtion. Nordisk tidskrift för konst och design. (Open access).
  • Hilli, C. & Kaihovirta, H. (2017). Sju tolkningar av Dialogism som didaktisk erfarenhet. Åbo Akademi. Antologi.
  • Kaihovirta,H. & Rimpilä. M. (2016). Social Semiotics and Arts Education in a Blended Learning Space. IMAG. 1/3.p 48-55.

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