1st Edition

Invention Pedagogy – The Finnish Approach to Maker Education

Edited By Tiina Korhonen, Kaiju Kangas, Laura Salo Copyright 2023
    272 Pages 44 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    272 Pages 44 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This collection, edited and written by the leading scholars and experts of innovation and maker education in Finland, introduces invention pedagogy, a research-based Finnish approach for teaching and learning through multidisciplinary, creative design and making processes in formal school settings.

    The book outlines the background of, and need for, invention pedagogy, providing various perspectives for designing and orchestrating the invention process while discussing what can be learned and how learning happens through inventing. In addition, the book introduces the transformative, school-level innovator agency needed for developing whole schools as innovative communities. Featuring informative case study examples, the volume explores the theoretical, pedagogical, and methodological implications for the research and practice of invention pedagogy in order to further the field and bring new perspectives, providing a new vision for schools for decades to come.

    Intermixing the results of cutting-edge research and best practice within STEAM-education and invention pedagogy, this book will be essential reading for researchers, students, and scholars of design and technology education, STEM education, teacher education, and learning sciences more broadly.

    The Open Access version of this book, available at www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

    List of Figures

    List of Tables


    Foreword -Paulo Blikstein

    List of contributors

    1. Introduction: Roots and Key Elements of Invention Pedagogy 
    Tiina Korhonen, Kaiju Kangas, and Laura Salo 


    2. Learning by inventing: Theoretical Foundations 
    Kai Hakkarainen and Pirita Seitamaa-Hakkarainen 

    3. Epistemic Objects and Knowledge Creation in Invention Projects 
    Sini Davies 

    4. Collaboration and Co-regulation in Invention Projects  
    Pirita Seitamaa-Hakkarainen, Kati Sormunen, Sini Davies, Jenni Matilainen, and Kai Hakkarainen 

    5. Learning to Create: Creating to Learn 
    Noora Bosch, Jari Lavonen, and Kaiju Kangas 

    6. Materiality in Invention Pedagogy 
    Varpu Mehto and Kaiju Kangas 

    7. Toward Sustainable Lifestyle by Means of Invention 
    Anni Loukomies, Sanna Patrikainen, and Kalle Juuti 

    8. Framework for Technological Competence in Invention Projects 
    Tiina Korhonen, Kaiju Kangas, Sini Davies, Kati Sormunen, Laura Salo, and Markus Packalén


    9. Designing and Structuring the Invention Process 
    Kati Sormunen, Kaiju Kangas, Tiina Korhonen, and Pirita Seitamaa-Hakkarainen 

    10. Orchestrating Invention Activities through Teacher's Multilayered Work
    Kati Sormunen and Marjut Viilo 

    11. Team Teaching in Invention Projects 
    Tellervo Härkki, Tiina Korhonen, and Sorella Karme 

    12. Fostering Invention Projects through Cross-Age Peer Tutoring 
    Sini Davies 

    13. Approaches to Student Evaluation in Invention Pedagogy 
    Auli Saarinen and Jari Lavonen 


    14. Learning Environments for Invention Pedagogy 
    Leenu Juurola, Kaiju Kangas, Laura Salo, and Tiina Korhonen 

    15. Developing Teachers' Transformative Digital Agency through Invention Pedagogy In-service Training 
    Tiina Korhonen, Laura Salo, and Markus Packalén 

    16. Toward an Innovative School 2.0 
    Tiina Korhonen, Leenu Juurola, and Laura Salo 

    17. Conclusions: The Cornerstones and Future Directions of Invention Pedagogy 
    Kaiju Kangas, Tiina Korhonen, and Laura Salo 



    Tiina Korhonen is Learning Innovations in Digital Society lecturer and Head of Innokas Network, Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland.

    Kaiju Kangas is Assistant Professor of Technology Education, Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland.

    Laura Salo works as a Project Manager at Innokas Network, Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland.