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Arniika Kuusisto, photo: Elina Manninen

Arniika Kuusisto

Professor

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Works at Department of Child and Youth Studies
Telephone 08-120 762 75
Email arniika.kuusisto@buv.su.se
Visiting address Svante Arrhenius väg 21A
Room 361
Postal address Barn- och ungdomsvetenskapliga institutionen 106 91 Stockholm

About me

Arniika Kuusisto is a Professor in Child and Youth Studies, especially Early Childhood Education and Care, at the Department of Child and Youth Studies, Stockholm University. She is also Research Director and Docent at the Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Helsinki and Honorary Research Fellow at the Department of Teacher Education, University of Oxford. Arniika's research interests include children's and youths' value learning trajectories and their negotiations on values and memberships in the interplay between agency and environment in diverse social contexts. She is also interested in the related dimensions of teacher professionalism and for example the moral, ethical and worldview sensitivity in the pedagogical encounters.

Arniika works mostly with mixed methods research designs in her research projects. Her previous research projects include the Academy of Finland funded Nature or Nurture? Technology Assisted Multi-Method Autobiographical Approach to Value Learning during Transition to School (2016-2018), as well as the MUCCA research project focusing on educational practices related to diversity in ECEC (2008-2010)--a joint venture between the University of Helsinki ECEC research unit and the City of Helsinki ECEC. The MUCCA project was followed by a broader study on the same themes, now with older age groups, in Encountering Diversity in Education EDEN and the international CARDIPS project together with the University of Södertörn in Sweden and University of Tarto in Estonia (N= 2781; 2011-2017).

Arniika’s published doctorate Growing up in Affiliation with a Religious Community: A Case Study of Seventh-day Adventist Youth in Finland (Münster: Waxmann) examined young people’s value learning, socialization experiences and agency; in particular young people’s negotiations on values and belonging on the borderline between ‘majority’ and ‘minority’ memberships. She has also continued with related themes in her Academy of Finland funded four year research project Growing up radical? The role of educational institutions in guiding young people's worldview construction, directing the international research team based at Stockholm, Helsinki and Oxford universities.

More on the presently on-going project here: https://www.helsinki.fi/en/researchgroups/growing-up-radical/growing-up-radical-project

Mer om Arniika här (in Swedish).

 

PUBLICATIONS (please scroll down for the Diva system access to the most recent ones):   

Journal Articles (peer-reviewed)

Schihalejev, O., Kuusisto, A., Vikdahl, L. & Kallioniemi, A. (2019). Religion and children's perceptions of bullying in multicultural schools in Estonia, Finland and Sweden. Journal of Beliefs and Values. DOI: 10.1080/13617672.2019.1686732.

Luodeslampi, J., Kuusisto, A., Kallioniemi, A. (2019). Four Religious Education Teachers: Four Retrospective Career Trajectories. Religions, 10, 474.

Luodeslampi, J., & Kuusisto, A. (2019). ”Identiteettiään selvittämätön opettaja voi helposti mennä ’kirkon’ puolelle”: Ammatillisuuden ja uskonnollisen vakaumuksen jännite 1960–1970-luvun taitteen uskonnonopettajien työuralla [”A Teacher who hasn’t clarified their identity may easily slender to the ’church side’”: Tension between Professionalism and Religious Worldview along the Career Trajectories of RE teachers working through the shift from 1960s to 1970s]. Ainedidaktiikka [Subject Didactics], 3(1), 43-62. https://doi.org/10.23988/ad.71206.

Kuusisto, A.; Gearon, L. (2019). Why Teach about Religions? Perspectives from Finnish Professionals. Religions, No 10, Vol 6, 347, DOI: 10.3390/rel10060347.

Gearon, L., & Kuusisto, A. (2018). Researching Religious Authority in Education: Political Theology, Elites’ Theory and the Double Nexus. Power and Education, 10(1), 3–24.

Stevanovic, M. & Kuusisto, A. (2018). Teacher Directives in Children’s Musical Instrument Instruction: Activity Context, Student Cooperation, and Institutional Priority, Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, DOI: 10.1080/00313831.2018.1476405.

Niemi, P.-M., Benjamin, S., Kuusisto, A., Gearon, L. (2018). How and Why Education Counters Ideological Extremism in Finland. Religions, No 9, Vol 12, 420, DOI: 10.3390/rel9120420.

Kuusisto, A. & Kallioniemi, A. (2017). Finnish youths’ views on religious and worldview membership and belonging. Journal of Religious Education, Vol 64, No 2, 87–99. DOI: 10.1007/s40839-017-0032-x.

Kallioniemi, A., Schihalejev, O., Kuusisto, A. & Poulter, S. (2018). Estonian and Finnish Pupils’ Experiences of Religious Issues in School. Religion and Education, Vol 45, No 1, 73-88. DOI: 10.1080/15507394.2017.1355176.

Kallioniemi, A., Schihalejev, O., Poulter, S. & Kuusisto, A. (2017). Virolaisten ja suomalaisten nuorten käsityksiä uskonnonopetuksesta koulussa [Estonian and Finnish youths’ views on RE at school]. Teologinen Aikakauskirja, 1/2017, 34–46.

Kuusisto, A. & Gearon, L. (2017). The Life Trajectory of the Finnish Religious Educator. Religion and Education. Vol. 44, No. 1, 39-53. DOI: 10.1080/15507394.2016.1272154.

Rissanen, I., Kuusisto, E. & Kuusisto, A. (2016). Developing teachers’ interreligious and intercultural competences: Case study on a pilot course in teacher education. Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies, Vol. 59, Oct 2016, 446–456. DOI:10.1016/j.tate.2016.07.018

Benjamin, S. & Kuusisto, A. (2016). ‘Identity is experience—my experience is where I’m from.’ Towards a wider understanding of worldview pluralism in educational settings. Journal of Religious Education, First Online: 19 May 2016, DOI: 10.1007/s40839-016-0019-z, 1-14.

Kuusisto, E., Kuusisto, A., Rissanen, I., Holm, K. & Tirri, K. (2016). Finnish teachers' and students' intercultural sensitivity. Journal of Religious Education. First Online: 16 March 2016, DOI: 10.1007/s40839-016-0018-0.

Kuusisto, A, Poulter, S. & Kallioniemi, A. (2016). Finnish Pupils' Views on the Place of Religion in School. Religious Education, 1-18, published online 13 Jul 2016. DOI: 10.1080/00344087.2016.1085237.

Kuusisto, E., Kuusisto, A. & Kallioniemi. A. (2016). How is interreligious sensitivity related to Finnish pupils’ religiousness profiles? British Journal of Religious Education, Vol. 38, No. 1, 64-82.

Benjamin, S. & Kuusisto, A. (2016). Analytical and methodological considerations for the use of social categories in identity research. International Journal of Bias, Identity and Diversities in Education, Vol. 1, No. 1, 13-27.

Poulter, S. & Riitaoja, A-L. & Kuusisto, A. (2016). Thinking multicultural education ‘otherwise’ – From secularist construction towards plurality of epistemologies and worldviews. Globalisation, Societies and Education, 14:1, 68-86.

Kavonius, M., Kuusisto, A. & Kallioniemi, A. (2015). Religious Education and Tolerance in the Changing Finnish Society. Religious Education Journal of Australia, Vol. 31, No. 1, 18-24.

Kavonius, M., Kuusisto, A. & Kallioniemi, A. (2015). Pupils’ Perspectives on Worldview Diversity and Religious Education in Finnish Comprehensive School. Journal of Intercultural Studies, 36: 3, 320-337.

Niemi, P-M., Kuusisto, A. & Kallioniemi, A. (2014). Discussing school celebrations from an intercultural perspective: A study in the Finnish context. Intercultural Education, 25, 4, 255-268.

Kuusisto, A. & Kallioniemi, A. (2014). Pupils’ views on Religious Education in pluralistic educational context. Journal of Beliefs & Values (ISSN: 1361-7672), Vol. 35, No. 2, 155–164.

Kuusisto, A., Kallioniemi, A. & Matilainen, M. (2014). Monikulttuurinen työyhteisö suomalaisen varhaiskasvatuksen kentällä [Multicultural working community in the Finnish Early Childhood Education and Care]. Kasvatus, 45, 2, 113-126.

Kuusisto, A., Kuusisto, E., Holm, K. & Tirri, K. (2014). Gender Variance in Interreligious Sensitivity among Finnish Pupils. International Journal for Children’s Spirituality, 19, 1, 25-44.

Kuusisto, A. (2013). “Feet Sturdily on the ground but thoughts in Heaven”: Religious socialisation goals of parents in families affiliated with a religious minority. Journal of Religious Education, Vol. 61, No. 3, 30-42.

Kuusisto, A. & Lamminmäki-Vartia, S. (2012). Moral Foundation of the Kindergarten Teacher’s Educational Approach: Self-Reflection Facilitated Educator Response to Pluralism in Educational Context. Education Research International, Vol. 2012, Article ID 303565, 1-13.

Riitaoja, A-L. & Poulter, S. & Kuusisto, A. (2010). Worldviews and Multicultural Education in the Finnish Context: A Critical Philosophical Approach to Theory and Practices. Finnish Journal of Ethnicity and Migration (FJEM) [currently the Nordic Journal of Migration Research], Vol. 5, No. 3, 87-95.

Kuusisto, A. (2010). Social networks and value negotiations of religious minority youth in diverse social contexts. Ethnic & Racial Studies, Vol. 33, No. 5, 779-796.

Kuusisto, A. (2009). Growing up within a Religious Community: A Case Study of Finnish Adventist Youth. Journal of Empirical Theology, Vol. 22, No. 1, 47-69.

Kuusisto, A. (2003). Transmitting Religious Values in Home Education. Journal of Beliefs & Values, 24 (3), 283-293.

 

Book Chapters (peer-reviewed)

Kangas, J., Harju-Luukkainen, H., Brotherus, A., Kuusisto, A. & Gearon, L. (2019). Playing to Learn in Finland: Early Childhood Curricular and Operational Contexts. In S. Garvis & S. Phillipson (Eds.) Policification of Childhood: Early Childhood Education in the 21st Century. Routledge, Vol. 3.

Rissanen, I, Kuusisto, E. & Kuusisto, A. (forthcoming). Developing interreligious competence in teacher education. In E. Ropo & R. Jaatinen (Eds.) Kehittyvä aineenopettajuus – 40 vuotta tamperelaista aineenopettajankoulutusta / Developing subject teaching – 40 years of teacher training in Tampere. University of Tampere.

Gearon, L., Kuusisto, A. & Musaio, M. (2019). The Origins and Ends of Human Rights Education: Enduring Problematics, 1948-2018. In L. Di Donato & E. Grimi (Eds.) Metaphysics of Human Rights 1948-2018. Vernon Press, 213-234. [Italian translation of the volume is in press, to be published by Stamen Edizioni, forthcoming 2019]

Benjamin, S., Niemi, P-M., Kuusisto, A. & Kallioniemi, A. (2019). Lasten ja nuorten katsomusten tutkimisen eettisiä kysymyksiä [Ethical considerations in research on children and young people's worldviews]. In K. Vehkalahti & N. Rutanen (eds.) Säätelystä elettyyn kohtaamiseen: Lasten ja nuorten tutkimuksen etiikka [From Directives to Lived Encounters: Ethics of Child and Youth Research]. Helsinki: Finnish Youth Research Network/Society, 135–152.

Kuusisto, A. & Gearon, L. (2018). The Life Trajectory of the Finnish Religious Educator. In A. Tayob (Ed.) Religious Education in the Mirror of a Life Trajectory. (originally published as Religion and Education special issue). Routledge.

Kuusisto, A., Straarup, J., Schihalejev, O., Kallioniemi, A. & Vikdahl, L. (2018). Theoretical and methodological perspectives to studying religious and cultural diversity in Finnish, Swedish and Estonian comprehensive schools. In M. Ubani (Ed.) New international studies on religions and dialogue in education, Münster: Waxmann, 31-46.

Kuusisto, A. & Poulter, S. (2017). Moniarvoinen varhaiskasvuympäristö lapsen katsomuksen peilinä [Pluralist ECE growing up environment as a mirror for child’s worldview]. In T Haapsalo, H Petäjä, P Vuorelma-Glad, M Sunden, H Pulkkinen, I Tahvanainen (Eds). Varhaiskasvatus katsomusten keskellä [Early Childhood Education in the midst of worldviews]. Helsinki: Lasten Keskus.

Lamminmäki-Vartia, S. & Kuusisto, A. (2017) Katsomustietoisuus varhaiskasvattajan ammatillisuuden ytimessä [Worldview awareness in the core of ECE teacher professionalism]. In T Haapsalo, H Petäjä, P Vuorelma-Glad, M Sunden, H Pulkkinen, I Tahvanainen (Eds). Varhaiskasvatus katsomusten keskellä [Early Childhood Education in the midst of worldviews]. Helsinki: Lasten Keskus.

Kuusisto, A. (2017). Negotiating Perceptions on Worldview: Diversity in Finnish Early Childhood Education and Care. In A. Hellman & K. Lauritsen (Eds.) Diversity and Social Justice in Early Childhood Education: Nordic Perspectives. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, s. 11-29.

Gearon, L. & Kuusisto, A. (2017). On Theory: Framing Value Learning in the Life Trajectory – Epistemology, Ethics, the Existential. In A. Kuusisto & L. Gearon (Eds.) Value Learning Trajectories: Theory, Method, Context. Münster: Waxmann, 11-30.

Kuusisto, A. & Gearon, L. (2017). On Method: Researching Value Learning and Life Trajectories – Dialogue, Diversity and Inter-Disciplinarity. In A. Kuusisto & L. Gearon (Eds.) Value Learning Trajectories: Theory, Method, Context. Münster: Waxmann, 99-115.

Gearon, L. & Kuusisto, A. (2017). On Context: Value Learning and Life Trajectories Research In Situ – Historical-Political Systems, Spectrums of Value, Biographical Positionings. In A. Kuusisto & L. Gearon (Eds.) Value Learning Trajectories: Theory, Method, Context. Münster: Waxmann, 161-177.

Benjamin, S. & Kuusisto, A. (2017) “It’s uh, fine to move, even if you’re the new girl all the time…” Internationality as a default setting in life. In S Benjamin, “People who don’t live what we live, don’t understand”Youths’ experiences of hypermobility. Turku: Migration Institute of Finland, Attachment II, 1-18.

Luodeslampi, J. & Kuusisto, A. (2017). Socio-political value tensions in teachers’ career trajectories: Teaching Religious Education in the 1960s and 1970s Finland. In A. Kuusisto & L. Gearon (Eds.) Value Learning Trajectories: Theory, Method, Context. Münster: Waxmann, 239-255.

Kallioniemi, A., Kuusisto, A. & Ubani, M. (2017). Koulun katsomusaineiden opetus ja didaktiikka [Worldview Education Instruction and Didactics at School]. In Iivonen, P. & V. Paulamo (eds). Uudistuva uskonnon opetus [The Renewing Religious Education Instruction]. Helsinki: Kirjapaja.

Poulter, S., Kuusisto, A., Malama, M. & Kallioniemi, A. (2017) Examining Religious Education in Finland from Human Rights Perspective. In A. Sjöborg & H-G. Ziebertz (Eds.) Religion, Education and Human Rights: Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives. Springer, 49-61.

Benjamin, S. & Kuusisto, A. (2016). "On se ihan OK muuttaa... vaikka sä oletkin aina se uusi tyttö" Kansainvälisyys oletusasetuksena elämässä [Internationalism as a default setting in life]. In M. Peltola, A. Kivijärvi & K. Vehkalahti (eds.) Lapset ja nuoret muuttoliikkeessä. Nuorten elinolot -vuosikirja. Helsinki: Finnish Youth Research Network, 79-90.

Kavonius, M., Kuusisto, A. & Kallioniemi, A. (2016) Pupils’ Perceptions of Worldview Diversity and Religious Education in the Finnish Comprehensive School. In A. Halafoff, E. Arweck & D. Boisvert (Eds.) Education about Religions and Worldviews: Promoting Intercultural and Interreligious Understanding in Secular Societies. Abingdon, Oxon, UK: Routledge, 320-337.

Kuusisto, A. & Kallioniemi, A. (2016). Pupils’ views on Religious Education in pluralistic educational context. In A. Kuusisto & T. Lovat (Eds.) Contemporary Challenges for Religious and Spiritual Education, SISB, Routledge.

Niemi, P.-M. & Kuusisto, A. (2015). Koulun juhlat oppimistilanteina: Esimerkkinä videoaineisto joulunäytelmän harjoitusprosessista. In M. Böök, A-V. Kärjä, M. Mustola & J. Mykkänen (Eds.) Visuaaliset menetelmät lapsuuden- ja nuorisotutkimuksessa.

Kuusisto, A., Kuusisto, E., Rissanen, I. & Lamminmäki-Vartia, S. (2015). Finnish perspectives on supporting interreligious and intercultural sensitivities in kindergarten teacher education. In F. Schweitzer & A. Biesinger (Eds.) Kulturell und religiös sensibel? Interreligiöse und Interkulturelle Kompetenz in der Ausbildung für den Elementarbereich,  Interreligiöse und Interkulturelle Bildung im Kindesalter, 5, Münster: Waxmann, 143-162.

Lamminmäki-Vartia, S. & Kuusisto, A. (2015). Päiväkodin johtaja katsomussensitiivistä varhaiskasvatusyhteisöä rakentamassa [ECE director constructing worldview sensitive Early Childhood Education community]. In Ubani, M., Poulter, S. & Kallioniemi, A. (Eds.) Uskonto lapsuuden kulttuureissa [Religion in Childhood Cultures]. Helsinki: Lasten Keskus, 127-176.

Poulter, S., Riitaoja, A-L. & Kuusisto, A. (2015). ’Toisin silmin’: Lapsi ja monikatsomuksellisen kasvatuskulttuurin rakentuminen varhaiskasvatuksessa [Through other eyes: Child and multi-worldview educational culture in Early Childhood Education]. In Ubani, M., Poulter, S. & Kallioniemi, A. (Eds.) Uskonto lapsuuden kulttuureissa [Religion in Childhood Cultures]. Helsinki: Lasten keskus, 95-126.

Rantala, T. & Kuusisto, A. (2013) Examining Researcher’s Position through its Interaction with Methodological and Ethical Particularities of Religion and Gender. In K. Tirri & E. Kuusisto (Eds.). Interaction in Educational Domains. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers, 63–74.

Kuusisto, A. (2011). Worldviews in a Multi-Faith Day Care Context: Remarks Based on Empirical Research in Finland. In Schweitzer, F., Edelbrock, A. & Biesinger, A. (Eds.). Interreligiöse und Interkulturelle Bildung in der Kita. Interreligiöse und Interkulturelle Bildung im Kindesalter, 3. Münster: Waxmann, 110-124. (ISBN 978-3-8309-2580-4)

Kuusisto, A. (2010). Social networks and identity negotiations of religious minority youth in diverse social contexts. In T. Reynolds (Ed.) Young People, Social Capital and Ethnic Identity. London: Routledge. (ISBN 978-0-415-55211-0)

Kuusisto, A. & Lamminmäki-Vartia, S. (2010). Moniuskontoinen päiväkoti – ongelma vai voimavara? [Multi-faith Kindergarten: Problem or an Asset?] In K. Jääskeläinen (Ed.) Väkivallalla et tahdo hallita. Puheenvuoroja lapsiin kohdistuvasta väkivallasta uskontonäkökulmasta. [You don’t want to rule with violence. Perspectives to violence against children from the viewpoint of religion]. Suomen evl. kirkon kirkkohallituksen julkaisuja 2010: 9, Helsinki: Kirkkohallitus, 99–118. (ISBN 978-951-789-346-6)

Kuusisto, A. & Lamminmäki-Vartia, S. (2010). Katsomusten kohtaaminen päiväkodissa – Kohti uskontosensitiivistä kasvatusotetta. [Encountering worldviews in kindergarten: Towards religiously sensitive educational approach]. In M. Ubani , A. Kallioniemi & J. Luodeslampi (Eds.) Kokonaisvaltainen kasvatus, lapsi ja uskonto [Holistic Education, child and religion]. Helsinki: Lasten Keskus, 132–153. (ISBN 9789516278417)

Kuusisto, A. (2007). Religious identity based social networks as facilitators of teenagers’ social capital. In H. Helve & J. Bynner (Eds.) Youth & Social Capital. London: Tufnell Press, 87-102. (ISBN 978-1-872767-77-2)

Kuusisto, A. (2006). Young people’s religious minority identity and commitment: Case study among Adventist youth in Finland. In Tirri, K. (Ed.) Nordic perspectives on religion, spirituality and identity. University of Helsinki, 131-145. (ISBN: 952-10-3301-0)

Kuusisto, A. (2006). Adventist schools in the Finnish educational system. In Kiefer, S., Michalak, J. Sabanci, A. & Winter, K. (Eds.) Analysis of educational policies in a comparative educational perspective. Schriften der Pädagogischen Akademie des Bundes in Oberösterreich, 36. Linz: Universitätsverlag Rudolf Trauner, 130-137. (ISBN: 978-3-85499-022-2)

Helve, H., Honkasalo, V., Kuusisto, A., Louhivuori, L. & Kokkonen, J. (2005). Nuoret ja sosiaalinen pääoma: Käsitteiden monimerkityksellisyys. [Youth and Social Capital: On multiplicity of the concepts]. In Jokivuori, P. (Ed.) Sosiaalisen pääoman kentät [Fields of social capital]. Jyväskylä: Minerva, 196–211. (ISBN: 952-5591-28-X)

Kuusisto, A. (2005). Methodological issues and challenges in studying young people’s religious identity. In Helve H. (Ed.). Mixed Methods in Youth Research. Helsinki: Finnish Youth Research Network/Society, 197–212.

Kuusisto, A. (2005). Arvojen välittyminen uskonnollisessa kotikasvatuksessa: Kokemuksia kodin uskonnollisesta sosialisaatiosta [Value transmission in religious home education: Experiences on religious socialization in the home]. In Hilska, P., Kallioniemi, A. & Luodeslampi, J. (Eds.) Uskontokasvatus monikulttuurisessa maailmassa [Religious Education in the Multicultural World]. Helsinki: Kirjapaja, 125-138. (ISBN: 951-607-233-X)

Kuusisto, A. (2005). How does school social context affect religious minority identity? Exploratory study on Adventist young people in Finland. In Kiefer, S. & Peterseil, T. (Eds.) Analysis of Educational Policies in a Comparative Perspective. Schriften der Pädagogischen Akademie des Bundes in Oberösterreich, 30. Linz: Universitätsverlag Rudolf Trauner, 73-87. (3-85487-933-4)

 

Scientific Monographs

Kuusisto, A. (2011). Growing up in Affiliation with a Religious Community: A Case Study of Finnish Adventist Youth. Research on Religious and Spiritual Education, 3. Münster: Waxmann. (ISBN 978-3-8309-2498-2)

Kuusisto, A. (2010). Kulttuurinen, kielellinen ja katsomuksellinen monimuotoisuus päiväkodissa: haasteita ja mahdollisuuksia [Diversity of Cultures, Languages and Worldviews in the Kindergarten: Challenges and Opportunities]. Helsingin kaupungin sosiaalivirasto, Tutkimuksia 2010:3. (Print ISBN 978-952-223-679-1; Online ISBN 978-952-223-680-7) http://www.hel.fi/hki/sosv/fi/Julkaisut/Tutkimuksia

 

Edited books and journal special issues

Guest Editor, A. Kuusisto together with S. Garvis, for the Special Issue ‘Nordic Values and Diversity in the ECEC’ for the Journal of International Research in Early Childhood Education (IRECE), forthcoming October 2020.

Guest Editor, A. Kuusisto together with S. Garvis, for the Special Issue ‘Superdiversity and the Nordic Model in ECEC’ for the Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood (CIEC), SAGE, forthcoming as Vol 21, Issue 4, December 2020.

Gearon, L., Kuusisto, A., Matemba, Y. Benjamin, S., Du Preez, P., Koirikivi, P. & Simmonds, S. (Guest Editors), for the Special Issue ‘Decolonising the Religious Education Curriculum: International Perspectives in Theory, Research, and Practice’ for British Journal of Religious Education, forthcoming 2020.

Kuusisto, A. & Gearon, L. (Eds.) (2017). Value Learning Trajectories: Theory, Method, Context. Münster: Waxmann.

Lovat, T., Kuusisto, A., Kuusisto, E., von Brömssen, K. & Riegel, U. (Guest Editors) (2016). Special Issue: Identities, Cultures and Worldviews in the Journal of Religious Education, Springer, Volume 64, No 2, July 2016.

Lovat, T., Kuusisto, A., Kuusisto, E., von Brömssen, K. & Riegel, U. (Guest Editors) (2016). Special Issue (Part 2) on Identities, Cultures and Worldviews, Journal of Religious Education, Springer, Volume 64, No 1, April 2016.

Lovat, T., Kuusisto, A., Kuusisto, E., von Brömssen, K. & Riegel, U. (Guest Editors) (2015). Special Issue: Identities, Worldviews and Religious Education: Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives for the Journal of Religious Education, Vol 63, No 2-3, October 2015.

Kuusisto, A. & Lovat, T. (Eds.) (2016). Contemporary Challenges for Religious and Spiritual Education. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. (978-1-138-18500-5). [First published as Journal of Beliefs and Values special issue].

Kuusisto, A. & Lovat, T. (Eds.) (2014). Special Issue: Contemporary Challenges for Religious and Spiritual Education, Journal of Beliefs and Values.

 

Other academic publications

Lamminmäki-Vartia, S. & Kuusisto, A. (2019) Päiväkodissa katsomuskasvatus on kaikille lapsille yhteistä [Worldview Education as mutually shared in ECEC], Teema 2019/2: Katsomuskasvatus, Teologia.fi, https://www.teologia.fi/artikkelit/1626-paeivaekodissa-katsomuskasvatus-on-kaikille-lapsille-yhteistae

Poulter, S., Lamminmäki-Vartia, S., & Kuusisto, A. (2017). Katsomuskasvatus kuuluu päiväkodissa kaikille [Everyone is entitled to worldview education in Early Childhood Education]. Helsingin Sanomat (newspaper article), 2017(23.10.2017), B 13.

Poulter, S., Kuusisto, A., & Lamminmäki-Vartia, S. (2017). Katsomuskasvatus on myös päiväkodin tehtävä [Worldview education is also a task of Early Childhood Education]. Aamulehti (newspaper article), 2017(17.10.2017).

Goldburg, P., Lovat, T., Kuusisto, A., Kuusisto, E, von Brömssen, K. & Riegel, U. (2017) Editorial - Identities, worldviews and religious education: theoretical and empirical perspectives. Journal of Religious Education, Vol 64, No 2, 73-74, doi:10.1007/s40839-017-0038-4.

Kallioniemi, A., Honkasalo, V. & Kuusisto, A. (2016). Opettajan yhteiskunnallinen rooli moninaistuvassa koulussa [Teacher's societal role in increasingly pluralistic school]. In H. Cantell & A. Kallioniemi (Eds.) Kansankynttilä keinulaudalla: Miten tulevaisuudessa opitaan ja opetetaan? [Teacher in the see-saw: Learning and teaching in the future]. Jyväskylä: PS-Kustannus. Jyväskylä: PS-kustannus, 109-125.

Kuusisto, A. & Lovat, T. (2016). Introduction. In A Kuusisto & T Lovat (eds.) Contemporary Challenges for Religious and Spiritual Education. Routledge. (978-1-138-18500-5).

Lamminmäki-Vartia, S. & Kuusisto, A. (2016). Dialogiopetus lasten ja nuorten kanssa: Katsomusdialogin tasot päiväkodissa ja koulussa. In E. Ikonen & S. Vainio (eds.) Dialogitaitaja. Järvenpää: Agricola -opintokeskus/ Kirkkopalvelut ry. ISBN-978-952-449-386-4, 14-16. http://www.pearltrees.com/uskonnonopetus/dialogitaitaja/id16267853

Lamminmäki-Vartia, S. & Kuusisto, A. (2016). Katsomusdialogin kysymyksiä varhaiskasvatuksessa. In E. Ikonen & S. Vainio (eds.) Dialogitaitaja. Järvenpää: Agricola -opintokeskus/ Kirkkopalvelut ry. ISBN-978-952-449-386-4, 14-16. http://www.pearltrees.com/uskonnonopetus/dialogitaitaja/id16267853

Poulter, S., Kuusisto, A. & Kallioniemi, A. (2015). Religion education in Scandinavian countries and Finland – Perspectives to present situation. Religionspädagogische Beiträge RpB, 73/2015. (ISSN: 0173-0339.)

Lovat, T., Kuusisto, A., Kuusisto, E, von Brömssen, K. & Riegel, U. (2015) Editorial Notes. Journal of Religious Education. 63:49–50, DOI 10.1007/s40839-016-0030-4.

Kuusisto, A. & Lovat, T. (2014). Editorial. Special Issue on Contemporary Challenges for Religious and Spiritual Education, Journal of Beliefs and Values, Vol. 35, No. 2, 155–164.

Kuusisto, A. & Ketonen, E. (Eds.) (2012). Kasvatus & vuorovaikutus / Pedagogik & interaktion / Education & interaction. Abstraktit / Abstrakt / Abstracts. FERA Conference on Education 2012. Helsinki: University of Helsinki. (978-952-10-8525-3).

Kuusisto, A. (2011). Monikulttuurisuus varhaiskasvatuksessa [Multiculturalism in Early Years Education]. Kliininen [Clinical], No. 2, 2011, 11–15.

Kuusisto, A. (2011). Yhteisöllisyyden ja yksilöllisyyden moniuloitteisesta suhteesta uskonnollisen vähemmistön ja laajemman yhteiskunnan kontaktipinnoilla [Multidimensional relationship between communality and individuality in the contact surfaces of minority and wider society]. Didacta Varia, Vol. 16, No. 2, 58-62.

Kuusisto, A. (2003). Transmitting Religious Values in Home Education. In J. Lasonen & L. Lestinen (Eds.) Teaching and Learning for Intercultural Understading, Human Rights and a Culture of Peace. UNESCO Conference on Intercultural Education. Koulutuksen tutkimuslaitos, Jyväskylän yliopisto.

Kuusisto, A. (2003). Arvojen välittyminen uskonnollisessa kotikasvatuksessa. In H. Sinevaara-Niskanen & R. Rajala (Eds.) Kasvatuksen yhteisöt – uupumusta, häirintää vai yhteisöllistä kasvua? Rovaniemi: Lapin yliopiston kasvatustieteellisiä julkaisuja 3, 2003/2006, 341–347. (ISBN 951-634-867-X).

Kuusisto, A. & Tirri, K. (2012). Editorial. Kasvatus & vuorovaikutus / Pedagogik & interaktion / Education & interaction. Abstraktit / Abstrakt / Abstracts. FERA Conference on Education 2012. Helsinki: University of Helsinki.

Kuusisto, A. Editorials in European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction Special Interest Group 19: Religious and Spiritual Education Newsletter issues; e.g. Summer 2008 (7.7.2008); Autumn 2010 (30.9.2010) http://www.earli.org/special_interest_groups/religious_and_spiritual_education/newsletters

Kuusisto, A. (2009). Homma hanskassa! Päiväkodin monimuotoisuus rikkautena. [Handling it! Diversity as an Asset in the Kindergarten]. Helsingin kaupungin sosiaalivirasto. Oppaita ja työkirjoja  2009: 3. [Guidebook disseminating research findings among the Early Years’ Education and Care practitioners]. Helsinki: Kopio Niini. (Print ISBN 978-952-223-585-5, Online ISBN 978-952-223-586-2, ISSN 1796-5470). http://www.hel.fi/hki/sosv/fi/Julkaisut/oppaita

Kuusisto, A. (2000) Hengellinen karkkipäivä? [Spiritual Candy Day?] Nuori Usko 10/00, 4-6.

Publications

A selection from Stockholm University publication database
  • 2018. Arniika Kuusisto (et al.). New international studies on religions and dialogue in education, 31-46
  • 2018. Liam Gearon, Arniika Kuusisto. Power and Education 10 (1), 3-24

    This article provides a theoretical frame to structure methodological approaches to examining religious authority in education. It does so by examining the complex, overlapping relationship between secular and religious authority and the institutional power of education evident through responses to issues of cultural expression. The political theologies research examined ongoing tensions – accommodations, conflicts and resolutions – of religious authority with secular political systems, legal frameworks and institutions of educational replication. Through the data it became clear that education – in the broadest sense, as well as in its formal institutional structures – provided a mediating role for power exchanges between religious and political authority, which was especially evident in responses of religious leaders to issues of cultural and self-expression. Through interviews with senior religious leaders and authority figures in England – technically religious ‘elites’ – the findings provide insights into a ‘double nexus’ conceptual framework for researching religious authority in education: first, the internal nexus within religious traditions and, second, the external nexus of religious communities with secular, legal and political authority. Theoretically and methodologically, this represents a critical synthesis of political theology and elites’ theory, providing as yet underexplored possibilities for researching religious authority in education.

  • 2018. Pia-Maria Niemi (et al.). Religions 9 (12)

    The intensification of radical and extremist thinking has become an international cause of concern and the fear related to terrorism has increased worldwide. Early 21st century public discourses have been correspondingly marked by hate speech and ideological propaganda spread from a variety of perspectives through the intensified presence of global social media networks. In many countries, governments have reacted to these perceived and actual threats by drafting policies and preventive programs and legal-security interventions to tackle radicalization, terrorism itself, as well as ideological extremism. Many of the current strategies point to the critical role of societal education. As a result, educational institutions have gained growing importance as platforms for different kinds of prevention protocols or counter-terrorism strategies. However, notably less attention has been paid on the consistencies of values between the aims of the educational strategies for preventing or countering ideological extremism and the core functions of education in fostering individual and societal well-being and growth. Using Finnish education as a case, this paper discusses the challenges and possibilities related to educational institutions as spaces for preventing violent extremism, with special regard to the religious and nationalistic ideologies that divert from those inherent in the national hegemony. This study highlights the need to plan counter-terrorism strategies in line with national educational policies through what we conceptualize as ‘institutional habitus’.

  • 2019. Arniika Kuusisto, Liam Gearon. Religions 10 (6)

    Acknowledging recent research literature on professionalism and religious education across Europe, the article examines the scholars’ and senior professionals’ views on the curricula aims and objectives in religious education in Finland. Through asking the professionals’ views on the aims of RE in relation to supporting of child’s growth and development on one hand and the societal aims of RE on the other, the findings were thematically classified into the following categories. Firstly, the aims regarding the supporting of child’s growth and development were focused on literacy on religions and worldviews, increasing the understanding on oneself and others, personal growth, and the skills for global citizenship. From the societal perspective, RE was seen important for supporting the understanding as literacy, understanding as empathy, and competences for global citizenship. Finally, as regards the educational model of teaching about religions, these professionals held somewhat varied views. Some favoured an RE model based on teaching groups reflecting children’s own worldview affiliations, others supported whole-class instruction, and still others a hybrid model combining elements of both. However, the way in which the instruction is implemented and the position from which religions are examined in education were perceived to be in a key role in this, whatever the formal structures for instruction.

  • 2019. Liam Gearon, Arniika Kuusisto, Marisa Musaio. Metaphysics of Human Rights 1948-2018, 213-234
  • 2019. Melisa Stevanovic, Arniika Kuusisto. Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research 63 (7), 1022-1040

    Identifying precisely what teachers do to elicit desired changes in their students’ knowledge and skill is a long-lasting challenge of educational research. Here, we use conversation analysis to contribute to a deeper understanding of this matter by considering how Finnish-speaking instrument music teachers use directives to guide their students. Our data consist of 10 video-recorded instrument lessons (violin, piano, guitar, and ukulele). In our findings, we provide an account for the variance in the music instrument teachers’ use of six second-person directive forms in Finnish. We argue that the teachers’ choices between these directive forms are warranted by three dimensions of the participants’ conduct: (1) location of the directive within the participants’ wider activity structure, (2) degree of the student’s cooperation at the given moment, and (3) the institutional priority of action that is being called for.

  • 2019. Saija Benjamin (et al.). Tutkimuseettisestä sääntelystä elettyyn kohtaamiseen, 135-152
  • 2019. Juha Luodeslampi, Arniika Kuusisto, Arto Kallioniemi. Religions 10 (8)

    This article examines the career paths of Finnish Religious Education (RE) teachers who were born in the 1930s, through a retrospective, self-autobiographical life history approach. The material reported here is a part of wider data of mainly written narratives (N = 62) from RE teachers who recount their career trajectories. In these career-focused life histories, the teachers outline their own professionalism as embedded in changing sociohistorical contexts, where to a great extent they tell about the active development of the school and the teaching of their particular subject to answer to the changing needs and challenges. Some teachers have, along with their teaching, also been actively involved in different communities or associations. Many of the Religious Education teachers here reflect on their career paths in relation to their profession as a teacher and often also with double qualifications as pastor trained theologians. At times, this constructs a possibility for tension between the roles of a teacher and that of a pastor, and in the perceptions of RE as a school subject and as something preached in the pulpit-some see their professionalism above all in relation to their religious life. This also includes a notable gender divide in the data, as at the time when these teachers gained their professional qualifications, it was only possible for men to be ordained in the Finnish Lutheran Church. Succeeding this, the male teachers in these data commonly have pastorhood as their first profession. For the purpose of this article, the career accounts of four teachers have been selected for further analysis, as they were perceived as telling examples of the wider material in terms of more or less typical career paths.

  • 2020. Jonna Kangas (et al.). Early childhood education in the 21st century. Volume III, Policification of early childhood education
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