Violence has detrimental effects on young people. It narrows peer relationality and restricts possibilities for doing and becoming. Such changes can be felt late into a person’s life. Finland, a small country, legislates that every Finnish educational organisation should promote gender equity, fight gender discrimination, and encourage children’s well-
To address this situation, we need sensitive, careful, methodologically sound work balancing theory and practice. I started my research after working for ten years as a class teacher, as a special education teacher, and as deputy head of a primary school. My teaching experience is vital to my research. I develop feminist post-
I am currently exploring how the peer and relationship cultures of children at preschool and primary school form and are mediated through gender-
Research and practical cooperation with educators means that we can now begin to map the obstacles and resources children and young people meet in their relations with peers, the potentialities that already exist in their lives, and the strongest barriers to fulfilling those potentialities. We can support young people in creating more expansive ways to ‘be and become’ in the world.
I hope this website will help to promote an exchange of ideas on these topics. Are you a parent, educator, or research fellow looking to collaborate or open a dialogue? Please contact me at the address below if you require any information relating to my work.
Tuija Huuki tuija.huuki (at) oulu.fi Faculty of Education/Gender studies, P.O Box 2000 FI-
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