I’m working as university researcher at University of Lapland. Since 2003, my research work has focused especially on playful learning and on a “playful learning environment”, a play and game-based learning environment designed for 21st century education. My doctoral dissertation “The School of the Future: Theoretical and Pedagogical Approaches for Creative and Playful Learning Environments” (Kangas, 2010), was rewarded by professor Lea Pulkkinen Award in 2012 at University of Jyväskylä.
My recent research interests include playful learning pedagogy, game-based pedagogy, children’s agency and wellbeing, learning and digital learning practices in formal and informal learning environments, multiprofessional collaboration, and teacher competences in 21st century education.
I am very inspired by innovative ways of learning and teaching, and by pure nature in Finnish Lapland where I live.
University of Lapland
Faculty of Education/ Centre for Media Pedagogy
PO Box 122, FI-96101 ROVANIEMI, FINLAND