NOORA HEISKANEN

Senior Researcher

Noora studies themes related to special education, in particular early childhood special education (planning, documentation and evaluation of support, work of a special education teacher in early childhood education and care, behavior support, participation). Noora is an expert in early childhood special education and cooperates both nationally and internationally in research on the topic and has also extensively networked with societal actors. Noora's duties include research, teaching, guidance and societal activities. In 2020-2021, Noora has led a large-scale national project to study support and inclusion practices in early childhood education and care commissioned by the Ministry of Education and Culture. At the moment, he leads the Vaka-Tuvet project (Finnish National Agency for Education). In addition, Noora is a member of the Finnish Educational Society's Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education (VAKAe) theme group and the editorial board of Barn – Forskning om barn og barndom i Norde. He is an alternate member of the Board of the Society for Childhood Studies. Noora has early childhood special education teacher qualification and she has worked in teaching positions in early childhood education, secondary education and university.

Contact info

Organization

School of Educational Sciences and Psychology, Special Education

Email

noora.heiskanen@uef.fi

Phone

+358 50 413 0458

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Teaching Activities

Teaching related to early childhood special education, pedagogical documentation and transitions, courses for international students, thesis seminars and supervision, doctoral dissertation supervision

Societal Activities

Ministry of Education and Culture, Right to Learn - Member of the Early Childhood Education and Care Division of the Working Group preparing measures to promote support for learning, child support and participation in early childhood education and care and pre-primary and primary education Member of the Finnish Educational Society’s theme group Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education (VAKAe) Member of the editorial board, Barn– Forskning om barn og barndom i Norde Deputy member of the Board of the Society for Childhood Studies Deputy member of the Suomen varhaiskasvatuksen erityisopettajat Sveot ry Cooperation with numerous municipalities and local actors

Research groups and research projects

Responsible director of the Significant Support in Early Childhood Education and Care (OPH, 2021-2022) project. Support for development and learning and inclusion in early childhood education and care, responsible director of the research project (OKM, 2020-2021). Member of the ProKoulu and ProVarhaiskasvatus research group (Director Professor Hannu Savolainen).

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