Virolainen Maarit, PhD, project researcher

PhD (Adult education), MA (Social sciences)
Virolainen Maarit, PhD, project researcher
Room:
RUU A338

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1442-9401
Converis: https://converis.jyu.fi/converis/portal/Person/4505764

Skype: maarit.virolainen66
Twitter: @MaaritHan

Research interests

  • Education and the world of work, educational systems and society
  • Learning from work experience (internships, work placements, workplace learning), vocational and professional education, vocational education and training (VET), universities of applied sciences, construction of vocational and professional competence, cooperation and collaboration between world of work and educational institutions
  • Reforms of vocational and professional education system
  • Transitions from education to working life, educational careers

Member of editorial board:

Research networks for VET:

 Recent research projects

MFG 4.0

Manufacturing 4.0 – strategies for technological, economic, educational, and social-policy adoption and adoptation

“We concentrate on educational needs of those adults who have difficulties to meet the new demands of working life due to the increase of level of automation. Education systems are analyzed and developed to create a better match for the future demands of labor."

The MFG40 project is a collaboration between seven research groups that are represented by five working packages (WP) in the project. University of Jyväskylä, FIER participates in WP4 – Education – lead by Dr. Juhani Rautopuro, University of Jyväskylä (JYU), researchers: Hanna Nygren, Emilia Lampi & Maarit Virolainen.

eAMK, Toteemi and Tyopeda projects

 These projects have developed  collaboration between higher education and the world of work and work-life oriented pedagogies to support learning for the world of work. See:

  • https://www.eamk.fi/en/frontpage
  • www.amktoteemi.fi/en
  • www.tyopeda.fi

Nordic VET and Nord-VET

Recent article on Nordic VET:

Nylund, M. & Virolainen, M. (2019). Balancing 'flexibility' and 'employability': The changing role of general studies in the Finnish and Swedish VET curricula of the 1990s and 2010s. European Educational Research Journal. Online first: https://doi.org/10.1177/1474904119830508

The project compares how Nordic models of VET can provide double access to the labour market and to higher education at the same time. 

Publications from the Nord-VET project:

S. Michelsen & M-L. Stenström. (Eds.) (2018). Vocational Education in the Nordic Countries - The Historical Evolution. Routledge. See: https://www.routledge.com/Vocational-Education-in-the-Nordic-Countries-The-Historical-Evolution/Michelsen-Stenstrom/p/book/9781138220850

C. H. Jørgensen, O. J. Olsen & D. P. Thunqvist (Eds.) (2018). Vocational Education in the Nordic Countries - Learning from Diversity. Routledge. See: https://www.routledge.com/Vocational-Education-in-the-Nordic-Countries-Learning-from-Diversity/Jorgensen-Olsen-Thunqvist/p/book/9781138219809

Virolainen, M. & Persson Thunqvist, D. (2017)."Varieties of universalism: post-1990s developments in the initial school-based model of VET in Finland and Sweden and implications for transitions to the world of work and higher education". Journal of Vocational Education and Training 69 (1): 47-63. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13636820.2016.123886

Stenström, M.-L., & Virolainen, M. (2016). Towards the Enhancement of School-Based VET in Finland. In E. Berner, & P. Gonon (Eds.), History of Vocational Education and Training in Europe : Cases, Concepts and Challenges (pp. 327–348). Studies in vocational and continuing education, 14. Peter Lang. https://doi.org/10.3726/978-3-0343-2354-3

Virolainen, M., & Stenström, M.-L. (2014). Finnish vocational education and training in comparison: Strengths and weaknesses. International Journal for Research in Vocational Education and Training, 1(2), 81–106. doi:10.13152/IJRVET.1.2.1  Retrieved from: http://www.ijrvet.net/index.php/IJRVET/article/view/32/15

Finnish country reports:

Virolainen, & Stenström, M.-L. (2015). Recent Finnish VET Reforms and Innovations: Tackling the Current Challenges. The Finnish Country Report 1C. Nord-VET - The future of Vocational Education in the Nordic countries. Country reports. Retrieved from http://nord-vet.dk/indhold/uploads/report1c_fin.pdf

Stenström, M.-L., & Virolainen, M. (2014). The Current State and Challenges of Vocational Education and Training in Finland. The Finnish Country report 1B. Nord-VET - The future of Vocational Education in the Nordic countries. Country reports. Retrieved from http://nord-vet.dk/indhold/uploads/report1b_fi.pdf

Stenström, M.-L., & Virolainen, M. (2014). The History of Finnish Vocational Education and Training. Nord-VET - The future of Vocational Education in the Nordic countries. Retrieved  from http://nord-vet.dk/indhold/uploads/report1a_fi.pdf