KLAS1509 Identity and Agency in Professional Work (5 cr)

Study level:
Advanced studies
Grading scale:
English, Finnish
Responsible organisation:
Department of Educational Sciences
Curriculum periods:
2017-2018, 2018-2019, 2019-2020



Learning at work, professional identity and agency, leadership, well-being at work

Completion methods

Completion modes:
Participation in contact teaching and/or independent study, learning assignments and/or exam. Mode of completion to be specified in the Study Programme.

Assessment details

Assessment criteria:
Active participation in teaching and completing and passing learning assignments/exam.

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes: Upon completion of the course, students will be able to
- address theoretical approaches to professional identity and agency
- apply these approaches in individual and collective work-related learning contexts
- analyse the meaning of leadership for professional identity, agency, learning and well-being at work
- reflect on their own professional identity and agency

Additional information

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Study materials

Learning materials:
Vähäsantanen K. (2013). Vocational teachers' professional agency in the stream of change. Jyväskylä studies in education, psychology and social research 460.
Eteläpelto, A., Vähäsantanen, K., Hökkä, P. & Paloniemi, S. (2013). What is agency? Conceptualizing professional agency at work. Educational Research Review, 10, 45-65.
Eteläpelto, A., Vähäsantanen, K., Hökkä, P. & Paloniemi, S. (2014). Identity and agency in professional learning. In S. Billett, C. Harteis & H. Gruber (eds.) International Handbook of Research in Professional and Practice-based Learning. Dordrecht: Springer, 645–672.
Hökkä, P. Rautiainen, M., Silander, T. & Eteläpelto, A. (2017). Collective Agency-Promoting Leadership in Finnish Teacher Education. In J. Murray, A. Swennen & C. Kosnik (eds.), International Research, Policy and Practice in Teacher Education: Insider Perspectives. Dordrecht: Springer.
Kira, M. & Balkin, D.B. (2014). Interactions between work and identities: thriving, withering, or redefining the self? Human Resource Management Review 24 (2), 131–143.
Tynjälä, P. 2013. Toward a 3-P model of workplace learning: a literature review. Vocations and Learning 6 (1), 11–36.
Vähäsantanen, K., Hökkä, P., Paloniemi, S., Herranen, S. & Eteläpelto, A. 2016. Professional learning and agency in an identity coaching programme. Professional Development in Education, http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/FYuMGIBSbIIGezx5mxZP/full

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Completion methods

Method 1

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