MSc Jaana Holvikivi will defend her dissertation on Culture and Cognition in Information Technology Education on 26th of March, 2009 at Helsinki University of Technology. She is a senior lecturer at Metropolia Information Technology degree programme.
The focus of the research is on cognitive processes and learning strategies in multicultural groups of a Bachelor of Engineering programme in information technology in a polytechnic, and the subsequent development of professional expertise in engineering.
The dissertation combines anthropological theory of mental schemas and new findings in neuroscience with sociocultural theories of learning in order to formulate a theoretical framework for engineering education. The study brings to light the often ignored embodied, emotional, motivational, and social aspects of cognition in learning. The cross-disciplinary approach has robust support from empirical research findings in information technology education.
Social scripts and cultural communication patterns dominate behavior, not only in immigrant students but in all humans. Internalized cultural schemas in scientific thinking explain differences in cognition. Familiarity with technology is acquired through constant exposure. Logical, systematic thinking, as well as an ability to integrate theoretical knowledge to practice should be more heavily emphasized in education.
A noteworthy finding that resulted in this research is the intricate interplay between English writing, Asian and African character systems, program coding, embodied writing skills, and visual perception. Neuroscience assists in understanding the connection of programming skills, different types of mathematical thinking, and the development of numerical abilities.
The study supports the view that standardized, technology-centered instruction does not meet the needs of multicultural student groups. On the other hand, a holistic and integrating approach to learning that includes a variety of teaching methods provides means to support the development of student self-regulation. Collaborative learning assists students in sharing experiences and coping strategies.
The best recipe for a functional study community is a mix of cultures where no single culture is overly dominant. In fact, a cultural mix appears to be conducive to creative teamwork and innovative projects. Moreover, preparatory courses, personal guidance and tutoring, and the formation of a cohesive student community alleviate integration problems.
The dissertation for the degree of Doctor of Science in Technology to be presented for public examination and debate in Auditorium E at Helsinki University of Technology (Espoo, Finland) on the 26th of March, 2009, at 12 noon.
Opponents are professor Judith Green from University of California Santa Barbara and professor Kirsti Lonka from University of Helsinki. The custos is professor Riitta Smeds from Helsinki University of Technology, Department of Computer Science and Engineering.
Dissertation in PDF format (ISBN 978-951-22-9786-3) [1626 KB]
Dissertation is also available in print (ISBN 978-951-22-9785-6)
Degree Programme in Information Technology
Helsinki University of Technology, SimLab
Muuta maailmaa kanssamme
Tule mukaan muutosta vauhdittavaan varainhankintakampanjaamme. Lahjoita euro, joka tukee yhteistä tulevaisuuttamme. Kiitos lahjoituksesta!
Van Lang University and Metropolia strengthen their cooperation - focus on cleantech and sustainability
The aim is to strengthen mutual academic cooperation both in staff and teacher exchange as ...
Financial statements 2018: Metropolia posts an improved result and enhances its social impact through innovation hubs
Financial statements 2018
Turnover and other operational income totalled EUR 96.2 million. Operating expenses amounted to EUR 9...
Helsinki XR Center - the gateway to Finnish VR and AR
Spotlighters, a European project supporting learners with self-regulatory practices from the science of stress
The Relocation of Metropolia’s Leppävaara Campus to Karamalmi in Espoo Has Been Confirmed
Metropolia closed its Leppävaara Campus on 4 March for safety reasons, after the owner of the property, the City ...
Mr Jari Olli appointed member of Industry Consultative Committee at University of Colombo’s Faculty of Technology
A statement: Competence Clusters, Internationalisation and Funding for Higher Education Institutions Must Be Strengthened to Safeguard Welfare
With its constituent cities and institutions of higher education, the Helsin...
Extending Design Realities – Technologies For Urban Participation And Resilience
Extending Design Realities explores the use of rapidly evolving extended reality technology (XR; augmented, virtual and mixed reality) in participatory urban planning to create better participation and enhance urban resilience.
Separate application period for Metropolia´s international degree programmes in spring 2019 by SAT test
Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business and Logistics Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics Bachelor of Engineering in Information Technology
Degrees in ...
Metropolia UAS initiates negotiations on relocating the Developer Campus for Smart Solutions from Leppävaara to Nokia´s facilities in Karamalmi
The Karamalmi facilities are located three kilometers from the current Leppävaara site.
Sohjoa Baltic Opened Procurement for Robotbuses to Helsinki and Tallinn
Metropolia closes Leppävaara campus from 4.3.2019 onwards - Until then teaching will be reorganised with special arrangements
During 25.2.-3.3.2019, there will not be any contact teaching, but the t...
City of Espoo announced about the poor condition of Leppävaara Campus – Relocation planning has started
Metropolia has begun t...
Thank you to all applicants for our international degree programmes
Metropolia has in its offering six Bachelor’s degree programmes i...
LOGY Association awards Metropolia alumnus with scholarship
Otto Hokkanen - A Bold Entrepreneur and Grateful BBA student
Make the choice of your life - choose Metropolia UAS!
The joint application for the English-taught Bachelor’s and Master's Degrees is from 9 to 23 January 2018. The studies beg...
New publication: Metropolia Master´s – Discussions on the development of work life
Record number of students graduate in 2018
Lobbying and Decision Making in the EU - Metropolia Business School on a Study Trip in Brussels
The first part of the trip focused on the decision-making processes ...
Urban Research as a European Mission – U!REKA Consortium held its 3rd Conference
The consortium is formed by six European universities, and its purpose is to use its shared focus ...
The Finnish higher education attracts the global education consultants
“This cooperation lasts long time” - The first staff exchanges between Metropolia and University of Colombo started
Substantial Erasmus+ funding for collaboration with partner institutions outside Europe
3UAS and EduExcellence featured in learning festival Dare to Learn
Dare to Learn gathered a vast and international group of experts to disc...
ICT Summer School is fun and not just for ICT-students
SWAIP - Develop curricula for a study programme which will train artists and health workers
The two-year Strategic Partnership Social inclusion and Well-being through the Arts and Interdisciplinary Practices (SWAIP) has received €204.855 from the Erasmus+ programme, to develop curricula for a study programme, which will train artists and health workers with an arts background to work wit...
The Ministry of Health of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Metropolia UAS
The content of the memorandum contributes t...
Metropolia's 10th anniversary
Student selection now published — Metropolia welcomes 3300 new students
Metropolia had a total of around 24 000 applicants this spring. Over 3500 applications were submitted to Metropolia in the joint application for the degree pr...
Students are interested in circular economy
The first Sri Lankan students with a made-to-order Bachelor Degree in Physiotherapy graduated
U!REKA Research Co-operation and Structure Strengthened
The Steering Committee of the U!REKA consortiu...
Academic year culminates into graduation ceremonies
Most of the graduates of the past academic year are from the fields of Health Care and Social Services and ...
First self-driving bus in Helsinki to Scheduled Service operated by Metropolia
Edunation and Metropolia co-operate to accelerate international on demand education
Metropolia seeks growth by investing in international on demand education, where Edunation's role is to support and strengthen this activity in the target co...