Åbo Akademi University is an internationally acknowledged research university with an extensive responsibility for providing education in Swedish in Finland. The activities cover research and education in most disciplines from the humanities, pedagogics and
theology to social sciences, natural sciences and technology. The Faculty of Pedagogy and welfare at Åbo Akademi University is responsible for all Swedish teacher education in Finland. In connection to the Faculty the teacher training school Vasa Övningsskola provides teacher practice tutoring and classroom practice possibilites for the teacher students. The teacher training school is also closely connected to the research and development programs on teacher education and visual arts learning at the faculty. The Faculty and the teacher training school are located at the Åbo Akademi University campus in Vaasa, Finland.
PhD Hannah Kaihovirta works with ARTography and ARTology (Artist, Researcher, Teacher) research. At the moment she has a position in Arts Education at Åbo Academy University at the Faculty of Pedagogy and welfare studies in Vaasa. Hannah Kaihovirta’s research interests are Contemporary Art in Education, Multiliteracy Learning and the Poetic Aspects of Contemporary Art Practices in Educational Settings. She has developed teaching and participating artist methods for arts based learning practices in various forms of communities. Her research is brought to view through publications, international research networks, artist research practice and exhibitions. Hannah Kaihovirta gives lectures and workshops in teacher as well as artist education. She is a supervisor for PhD, MA and BA thesis in education and art education. She does companion art and learning practices together with artists, researchers and teachers.