Senior Researcher

The starting point of research interests is the child's learning and learning experiences. As a researcher (2021-2024), the research especially about the teacher's competence and various perceptions combined with it.

Especially mixed methods and phenomenographic research.

Contact info


Philosophical Faculty, School of Applied Educational Science and Teacher Education



+358 50 435 9122

Societal Activities

Editor-in-Chief and Founding Member of the Tutkittua varhaiskasvatuksesta (
Editor and Founding Member of the Research about ECEC (


Research groups and research projects

Since 2022: ECE Teacher Professional Discussion Groups (Ranta, Kahila)
Since 2022: Abilities of ECE teachers to lead pedagogy in multi-professional teams (Ranta, Heiskanen, Kahila)
Since 2022: The influence of media on the views of early childhood education teacher students (Ranta, Sintonen [HY])
Since 2021: Early childhood special education teachers’ experiences of teamwork (Ranta, Heiskanen, Syrjämäki, Heiskanen)
Since 2021: Pedagogic and Pedagogical Competence in Finnish Early Childhood Education (collaborated research team from UEF, HY, UTU, TUNI)

2020-2021: Coordination of 1000+ and 75+ education programs