Raimo Kaasila

University of Lapland
Faculty of Education

Ounas
Research Centre of Learning, Studying and Teaching
Yliopistonkatu 8
PL 122
96101 Rovaniemi
Finland
+ 358 (0) 404 844 112; Privatel 2407
Raimo.Kaasila[at]ulapland.fi


Raimo Kaasila PhD (Education); Master of Science (Mathematics)
Docent (Adjunct professor): Teacher education, especially Mathematics Pedagogy
University Lecturer of Mathematics Pedagogy
Professor of Educational Science, especially Research and Development of Teacher Education (since 1 th March 2012 at the University of Oulu)

 

Research interests    

  • Teacher education
  • Development of university pedagogy
  • Identity formation and reflection
  • Mathematical thinking and understanding
  • Beliefs and emotions in teacher education
  • Therapeutical approaches in pedagogy
  • Narrative and rhetorical methodology
  • Academic writing and supervising in higher education

Participation in research projects 

Elementary teacher’s mathematics, a project funded by  Finnish Academy: researcher together with professor Erkki Pehkonen (University of Helsinki), Docent  Anu Laine (University of Helsinki) and professor Markku S. Hannula (University of Helsinki) years 2003 – 2006.

CMRI project (Collaborative Mentoring and Researcher Identity): with professor Anneli Lauriala (University of Lapland), PhD Tuija Turunen (Charles Sturt University, Australia), researcher Sonja Lutovac (University of Maribor, Slovenia), PhD.Outi Ylitapio-Mäntylä (University of Lapland) years 2009 –

Formation of Teacher Identity during Teacher Education: with professor Anneli Lauriala and professor Raimo Rajala (University of Lapland), researcher Sonja Lutovac (University of Lapland and University of Maribor, Slovenia),  professor Milena Ivanus Grmek, and docent  Alenka Lipovec  (University of Maribor, Slovenia) years  2011 -

Research collaborations

Sonja Lutovac, University of Maribor, Slovenia / University of Lapland, Finland

Anneli Lauriala, University of Lapland, Finland

Erkki Pehkonen, University of Helsinki, Finland

Eva Jablonka, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden

Markku S. Hannula, University of Helsinki, Finland

Anu Laine, University of Helsinki, Finland

Peter Liljedahl, Simon Fraser University, Canada

Min Kyeong Kim, Ewha Womans University,  South Korea

Bettina Rösken, Duisburg-Essen Universität, Germany

Tuija Turunen, Charles Sturt University, Australia

Raimo Rajala, University of Lapland, Finland

Peter Hästö, University of Oulu, Finland

Alenka Lipovec, University of Maribor, Slovenia

Darja Antolin, University of Maribor, Slovenia


Selected recent publications

Kaasila, R. & Lauriala, A. 2012.  How do pre-service teachers’ reflective processes differ in relation to different contexts?  European Journal of Teacher Education 35(1), 77-88.

Lutovac, S. & Kaasila, R. 2011. Beginning a pre-service teacher’s mathematical identity work through narrative rehabilitation and bibliotherapy. Teaching in Higher Education. 16(2), 225 – 236.

Kaasila, R.; Hannula, M.S. & Laine, A. 2011. “My personal relationship towards mathematics has necessarily not changed but…” Analyzing pre-service teachers’ mathematical identity talk. Published online:  International Journal of Science and Mathematics Teaching.  

Kaasila, R. & Lutovac, S. 2011. Developing doctoral student mentoring through narrative teaching strategies. Published  In  J.P. Henderson & A.D. Lawrence (eds.) Teaching Strategies. New York: Nova Science Publisher.  

Kaasila, R. & Lutovac, S. 2011. Shared scientific benefits for the mentor and the mentee: a self-study of  doctoral student supervision in international, collaborative context. In K. Määttä & S. Uusiautti (eds.) "Obsessed with the Doctoral Theses. What is the Supervision and Support the Doctorates tell to need in the Phases of Dissertation Process?" Rotterdam/Taipei: SENSE Publisher

Turunen, T., Kaasila, R. & Lauriala, A. Getting Started. Reflecting Co-mentoring Project in Enhancing University Teachers’ Researcher Identity.  Submitted: Professional Development in Education.

Kaasila, R. & Lutovac, S. Expedition into shared insights: Developing research relationship through reflexivity and collaborative learning. Submitted: Studying Teacher Education.

Lipovec, A.,  Antolin, D., Kaasila, R. & Lutovac, S.  Slovenian Pre-service teachers’ identification with a Prototype Biography.  Submitted: Educational Studies.

Kaasila, R. & Lauriala, A.  2010. Towards a collaborative, interactionist model of teacher change. Teaching and Teacher Education 26 (4), 854-862.

Kaasila, R., Pehkonen, E. & Hellinen, A. 2010. Finnish pre-service teachers’ and upper secondary students’ understanding on division and reasoning strategies used. Educational Studies in Mathematics 73(3), 247-261.

Lutovac, S. & Kaasila, R. 2010. How to Apply the Process of Emplotment Using the Narrative Approach in Mathematics Education. Didactica Slovenica 25 (3-4), 92-109.   

Pehkonen, E. & Kaasila, R. 2010. Misleading strategies used in non standard division problem. In A. Ambrus & E. Vasarhelyi (Eds.) Problem Solving in Mathematics Education. Published in the Proceedings  of  the 11th ProMath Conference , September 3-6, 2009 in Budapest. Eotvos Lorand University, 103-113.

Kaasila, R. & Pehkonen, E. 2009. Effective teaching through the eyes of Finnish teacher students. In J. Cai, G. Kaiser, B. Perry & N.Y. Wong (eds.) Effective Mathematics Teaching from Teachers’ Perspectives: National and Cross-National Studies. Rotterdam/Taipei: SENSE  Publisher, 203-216.     

Pehkonen, E. & Kaasila, R. 2009. Understanding and reasoning in a non-standard division task. In: Proceedings of the Psychology of Mathematics Education 33 (eds. M. Tzekaki, M. Kaldrimidou & Sakonidis, H.), Vol. 4, 345–352. Thessaloniki, Greece.

Lutovac, S. & Kaasila, R. 2009. Using narratives as innovative tools in Finnish teacher education. In S. Pavlin & A. N. Judge (Eds.), Proceedings of the Conference ”Development of Competencies in the World of Work and Education”, (pp. 355-359). University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Raimo Kaasila (toim.) 2009. Matematiikan ja luonnontieteiden opetuksen tutkimuspäivät Rovaniemellä 7.-8.11.2008. Yliopistopaino. Rovaniemi.

Kaasila, R., Hannula, M.S, Laine, A. & Pehkonen, E. 2008. Socio-emotional orientations and teacher change. Educational Studies in Mathematics 67 (2), 111-123.

Kaasila, R., Hannula, M.S., Laine, A. & Pehkonen, E. 2008  Evaluating admission procedures for teacher education in Finland. Teaching Mathematics and Computer Science 6/1, 231-243.

Kaasila, R. & Lauriala, A. 2008. Interactionistic perspective on student teacher development during problem-based teaching practice. In G. Ollington (ed.) Teaching strategies, Innovations and Problem Solving. New York: Nova Science Publisher, 257-282.

Raimo Kaasila,  Raimo Rajala. & K.E. Nurmi, toim. 2008. Narratiivikirja – menetelmiä ja esimerkkejä.  Rovaniemi: Lapin yliopistopaino.

Kaasila, R. 2008. ”Matka matemaattiseen minään” -  kirjallisuusterapian soveltaminen luokanopettajakoulutuksessa. Teoksessa Esa Poikela & Sari Poikela (toim.) Tutkimustarinoita Ounaksen varrelta.  Rovaniemi: Lapin yliopistokustannus, 103-125.

Kaasila, R. 2007. Mathematical Biography and Key Rhetoric. Educational Studies in Mathematics 66 (3), 373-384. 

Kaasila, R. 2007. Using narrative inquiry for investigating the becoming of a mathematics teacher. ZDM – International Journal of Mathematics Education 39 (3), 205-213.

Hannula, M.S., Kaasila, R., Pehkonen, E. & Laine, A. 2007. Elementary education students’ memories of mathematics in family context. In: Proceedings of the PME-31 conference (eds.) Wo, J.-H., Lew, H.-C., Park, K.-S. & Seo D.-Y.), Vol 3, pp. 1–8. Seoul: The Korea Society of Educational Studies in Mathematics.

Hannula, M.S; Liljedal, P; Kaasila, R.. & Rösken, B. 2007. Researching relief of mathematics anxiety among elementary teacher students. In: Proceedings of the PME-31 conference (eds. Wo, J.-H., Lew, H.-C., Park, K.-S. & Seo D.-Y.), Vol 1. pp. 153-156. Seoul: The Korea Society of Educational Studies in Mathematics.

Rösken, B., Hannula, M.S., Pehkonen, E., Kaasila, R. & Laine, A. 2007. Identifying Dimensions of Students' View of Mathematics. In Proceedings of CERME 5: Fifth Conference of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education, 22nd of February to 26th of February 2007 in Larnaca, Cyprus.

Laine, A. & Kaasila, R. 2007. Elementary teacher program. In M. Ahtee, J. Lavonen & E. Pehkonen (eds.) How Finns Learn Mathematics and Science.  Rotterdam/Taipei: SENSE Publisher, 131-140.

Kaasila, R., Hannula, M.S., Laine, A. & Pehkonen, E. 2007. Millä tavalla luokanopettajaopiskelijoiden matematiikkakuvan  muutosta voidaan edistää? Teoksessa Jari Lavonen (toim.) Tutkimusperäinen opettajankoulutus ja kestävä kehitys. Ainedidaktinen symposiumi Helsingissä 3.2.2006. Osa 1. Helsingin yliopiston soveltavan kasvatustieteen laitos. Tutkimuksia 285, 349-359.

Kaasila, R., Hannula, M, Laine, A. & Pehkonen, E. 2007. How do teacher trainees talk about the change after mathematics education course? In K. Hoskonen & M. Hannula (eds.) Current State of  Research on Mathematical Beliefs XII, Inari, Finland, May 25-28. University of Helsinki, Faculty of Behavioral Sciences. Research report 288, 35-46.

Kaasila, R., Hannula, M. S., Laine, A. & Pehkonen, E. 2006. Facilitators for change of elementary teacher student’s view of mathematics. In Novotná, J., Moraová, H., Krátká, M. & Stehlíková, N. (eds.). Proceedings 30th Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, Vol. 3, pp. 385-392. Prague: PME.

Hannula, M. S., Kaasila, R., Laine, A. & Pehkonen, E. 2006. The structure of student teacher’s view of mathematics at the beginning of their studies. In M. Bosch (ed.) Proceedings of the Fourth Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education. Sant Feliu de Guíxols, Spain – 17 - 21 February 2005, 205 – 214. Fundemi IQS –  Universitat Ramon Llull.

Kaasila, R., Hannula, M. S., Laine, A. & Pehkonen, E. 2006. Autobiographical Narratives, Identity and View of Mathematics. In M. Bosch (ed.) Proceedings of the Fourth Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education. Sant Feliu de Guíxols, Spain – 17 - 21 February 2005, 215 – 224. Fundemi IQS – Universitat Ramon Llull.

Kaasila, R. 2006. Reducing Mathematics Anxiety of Elementary Teacher Students by Handling their Memories from School Time. In E. Pehkonen, G. Brandell & C. Winslow (eds.) Nordic Presentations. Proceedings of the section Nordic Presentations at ICME 10 –conference. July 12, 2004 in Copenhagen. University of Helsinki. Department of Applied Sciences of Education. Research Report 265, 51-56. 

Hannula, M.S., Kaasila, R., Laine A. & Pehkonen, E. 2005. Structure and typical profiles of elementary teacher students’ view of mathematics. In H. L. Chick & J. L. Vincent (eds.) Proceedings of the 29th Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education. Vol  3, 41 – 48. Melbourne: PME.

Kaasila, R., Hannula, M. S., Laine, A. & Pehkonen, E. 2005. Millä tavalla matematiikka-ahdistusta potevat luokanopettajaopiskelijat puolustavat matemaattista identiteettiään? [How do anxious elementary teacher students justify their mathematical identity?] In L. Jalonen, T. Keranto & K. Kaila (eds.) Matematiikan ja luonnontieteiden opetuksen tutkimuspäivät Oulussa 25.–26.11.2004.
Matemaattisten aineiden opettajan taitotieto—haaste vai mahdollisuus? (pp. 81-94) Department of Educational Sciences and Teacher Education. University of Oulu, Finland.

Kaasila, R., Laine, A., Hannula, M. & Pehkonen, E. 2005. Pre-service Elementary Teachers’ Understanding on Division and Strategies used.  In E. Pehkonen (ed.) Problem Solving in Mathematics Education. Proceedings of  the ProMath conference  June 30 – July 2. Lahti.  University of Helsinki, Faculty of Behavioral Sciences. Research report 261, 83-94.

Kaasila, R., Pehkonen, E., Hannula. M. & Laine, A. 2004. Preservice elementary teachers self-confidence in mathematics at the beginning of their studies.  A paper published in the Proceedings of ICME-10 Congress. The 10th International Congress on Mathematical Education, July 4-11, 2004, Copenhagen.  International Commission on Mathematical Instruction (ICMI) 2004, TSG 23.     

Kaasila, R. 2004. Cooperation among elementary teacher trainees in teaching practice: The case of mathematics. In A. Laine, J. Lavonen & V. Meisalo  (eds.) Current Research on Mathematics and Science Education.. Department of Applied Sciences of Education. University of Helsinki. Research report 253, 159-177.  

Laine, A., Kaasila, R., Hannula, M. & Pehkonen, E. 2004. Pre-service elementary teachers’ certainty estimations in mathematics tasks measuring understanding and calculation skills. In Merenluoto, K. &  Mikkilä-Erdmann (eds.) Learning research challenges the domain specific approaches in teaching: a symposium for research on teaching and learning, 14.5.2004 Turku.  Department of Teacher Education, University of Tur ku 2004, 55-66.

Kaasila, R., Laine; A. & Pehkonen, E. 2004. Luokanopettajaksi opiskelevien matematiikkakuva ja sen muuttuminen. Teoksessa P. Räsänen, P. Kupari, T. Ahonen & P. Malinen (toim.) Matematiikka – näkökulmia opettamiseen ja oppimiseen. Niilo Mäki Instituutti, 397-413.    

Kaasila, R. 2003. Ohjausyhteisön merkitys luokanopettajaopiskelijoiden matematiikkauskomuksissa tapahtuvissa muutoksissa. Teoksessa H. Sinevaara-Niskanen & R. Rajala (toim.) Kasvatuksen yhteisöt – uupumusta, häirintää vai yhteisöllistä kasvua.  Kasvatustieteen päivien 2002 julkaisu. Lapin yliopiston kasvatustieteellisiä julkaisuja, 3.   http://ktk.ulapland.fi/kasvatuspaivat/

Kaasila, R. 2003. Kahden koulumatematiikassa hyvin menestyneen luokanopettajaopiskelijan matemaattiset elämäkerrat. Teoksessa A. Virta & O. Marttila (toim.) Opettaja, asiantuntijuus ja yhteiskunta. Ainedidaktinen symposium 7.2.2003. Turun yliopiston kasvatustieteiden tiedekunnan julkaisuja. B 72, 197-204.   

Kaasila, R. 2002. “There’s Someone Else in the Same Boat After All.” Preservice Elementary  Teachers’ Identification with the Mathematical Biography of Other Students. In Martino. P. (ed.) Current State of  Research on Mathematical Beliefs XI, Pisa, Italy,   April 4-8, 2002, University of Pisa. Department of Mathematics, 65-75. 

Kaasila, R. 2001. Change in Preservice Teachers' Conceptions on Mathematics Teaching and in Instructional Practices. In Soro, R. (ed.) Current State of  Research on Mathematical Beliefs X, Kristianstad, Sweden, June 2-6, University of Turku. Department of Teacher Education. Pre-Print nr. 1, 33-40.

Kaasila, R. 2000. “ELÄYDYIN OPPILAIDEN ASEMAAN.”   Luokanopettajaksi opiskelevien kouluaikaisten muistikuvien merkitys matematiikkaa koskevien käsitysten ja opetuskäytäntöjen muotoutumisessa.  [‘An insight into the role of pupils.’ The significance of school recollections in the formation of the conceptions and teaching practices of mathematics for preservice teachers], Acta Universitatis Lapponiensis 32. Rovaniemi  Väitöskirja [dissertation]. Available only in Finnish.

Kaasila, R. 1998. Oppimisteorioiden käytöstä matematiikan opetuksessa peruskoulun ala-asteella: meta-analyysi geometrian käsitteiden oppimisesta LOGO-ympäristössä. Teoksessa J. Leinonen (toim.) Teorian ja käytännön vuorovaikutus ainedidaktiikassa. Matematiikan ja luonnontieteiden opetuksen tutkimusseuran päivät 26-27.9.1997. Lapin yliopiston kasvatustieteellisiä julkaisuja. C 17,  55-68.

Kaasila, R. 1997. Sosiaalisen konstruktivismin asemasta matematiikan opetuksessa.  Teoksessa Eskola, J.  (toim.) Reflektio, realismi, konstruktionismi sekä muita kasvatustieteellisiä teemoja Lapin yliopiston kasvatustieteellisiä julkaisuja. C 15, 65-81.

Kaasila, R. 1997. Konstruktivismin eri muodot matematiikan opetuksessa peruskou­lun ala-asteella. Lapin yliopiston kasvatustieteellisiä julkaisuja. Sarja B, Tutkimusraportteja ja selvityksiä. No. 26.

Kaasila, R. 1995. Keskeisten matemaattisten käsitteiden omaksuminen LOGO-oppimisympäristössä. Teoksessa J. Eskola, (toim.) Tätä tutkimme. Lapin yliopiston kasvatustieteiden tiedekunnan tutkimushankkeita. Lapin yliopiston kasvatustieteellisiä julkaisuja. C 12, 41-48.