Minna Törmänen, Prof. Dr.

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Senior Researcher / Gastprofessorin

Minna Törmänen, Prof. Dr.
Telefon
+41 44 317 13 43
E-Mail
minna.toermaenen [at] hfh.ch
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Institut
  • Institut für Professionalisierung und SystementwicklungZum Institut

Tätigkeit an der HfH

  • Mitarbeiterin Institut für Professionalisierung und Systementwicklung
  • Gastprofessorin
  • Senior Researcher 
  • Dozentin
  • International collaboration
  • A reviewer in journals on learning and neuropsychological disabilities, interventions and teacher education, in addition to representation in scientific committees

Profil

My research interests lie in development and individual learning and educational capabilities within persons from early education to adult education having either special needs or being at-risk. The core for my research interests is in learning processes and especially in cognitive processing, like executive functioning and its development, and importantly, in research-based practices i.e., in interventions. I have researched both cognitive and curriculum-based interventions in school settings in several different countries and educational systems. Intervention studies in school settings are also connected to broad interests in teacher education and educational systems.

Besides multidisciplinary research on learning competences and its background factors I have applied my research in the field of different pedagogical methods and quality of learning environments including ideologies of inclusion. My research on inclusive education is based on multidisciplinary and international approach when developing inclusion and equity. Here are keywords for my research interests:

  • Children with learning and neuropsychological disabilities and being at-risk
  • Cognitive development and learning environment
  • Using interventions in school settings 
  • Teacher education (early and primary education, and special needs education)
  • International approach on inclusive education, inclusion and equity

Ausbildung

  • Principal Investigator, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Adjunct Professor in Special Education, Åbo Akademi University, Finland
  • PhD in Special Education, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Master of Education, University of Helsinki, Finland. Degree of Class teacher: Specialization: Special Education, Music, Mother tongue Finnish
  • Doctoral studies in Music Education, Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts, Finland 

Forschung zu

  • Children’s Development and the Role of Learning Environment: Developmental Progression, Pedagogical Methods and Inclusive Education
  • Research-based interventions and children with learning/neuropsychological disabilities, at-risk or typical development: Cognitive development, executive functions and comorbidity
  • Inclusive Education: Multidisciplinary and international approach when developing inclusion and equity

Forschungsprojekte

Das Forschungsprofil ist multidisziplinär und international und wurde in verschiedenen Projekten zu drei thematischen Themen umgesetzt

1. Children's Development and the Role of Learning Environment: Developmental Progression, Pedagogical Methods and Inclusive Education

  • «Longitudinalstudie ZEPPELIN (the Zurich Equity Prevention Project with Parents’ Participation and Integration) - Förderung ab Geburt» (PI: Lanfranchi, Neuhauser, Schaub, Ramseier & Törmänen, HfH Zürich, CH). My main topic: Children with preterm birth and their cognitive development and executive functions in families with social burdens.
  • «Inclusive Education and Special Needs Educational Governance in EuropeMultidisciplinary approach when developing inclusion and equity» (PI: Törmänen and Wicki, HfH) My main topic: Inclusive education in Finland and international aspects on educational systems. 
  • «Inclusive education or segregated special education: Longitudinal study of developmental outcomes of children in classes for special educational needs» (PI: Törmänen, University of Helsinki, Finland (UH) and Roebers, University of Bern, CH)
  • «Enhancing Children’s Learning through Intent Participation – Understanding Relationship between Pedagogical Sensitivity and Stress Regulation» (PI: Sajaniemi, Suhonen, Kontu, Törmänen et al; UH)
  • «Playful Learning in the Brain», multi-disciplinary research project in early education, neuroscience and special education. (PI: Huotilainen, Törmänen & Roebers; UH and University of Bern).

2. Research-based interventions and children with typical development, learning disabilities or at-risk: Background factors and comorbidity

  • «Early numeracy intervention study for low performing children in South African schools» (PI: Aunio, Ragpot, Törmänen, Korhonen & Henning; University of Helsinki (UH), Finland and University of Johannesburg, SA)
  • «Longitudinal intervention study Arts@School in inclusive education: Musical and movement activities and their effects on children`s academic achievements and cognitive functioning» (PI: Tervaniemi & Anttila, Juntunen, Törmänen, Linnavalli, Tiippana; UH and University of Arts, FI)
  • «An intervention study on executive functions with pre- and primary school children with severe developmental disabilities» (PI: Törmänen, Roebers, Kontu; UH and University of Bern, CH).
  • «Cognitive Interventions in Swiss Schools - Transfer effects and multidisciplinary perspectives» (PI: Studer, Törmänen, Margelisch & Perrig; University of Bern and UH).
  • «Auditory - Visual Matching in Learning Disabilities: Intervention Studies from Finland and Sweden» (PI: Törmänen, Takala & Karma; UH and Sibelius Academy, FI)

3. Special Music Education: Cognitive Processing in Developmental Disabilities & Inclusion, Equality and Interaction

  • «Music for All». Definitions and outlining of special music education in the framework of inclusive education (PI: Kontu, Törmänen, Pirttimaa, et al.; UH and University of Jyväskylä, FI).
Alle Projekte anzeigen

Zeitschriftenartikel (peer-reviewed)

Bücher und Buchbeiträge

  • Törmänen, M.
    (2011).
    Learning disabilities can be treated by a computer program based on auditory-visual matching.
    In T. P. Long, & L. R. Eifert (Hrsg.),
    Speech Processing and Auditory Processing Disorders: Causes, Diagnosis and Treatment
    Nova Science Publishers.

Weitere Publikationen

  • Törmänen, M.
    (2019).
    Inclusive Education and Special Needs Education Governance in Europe: Scientific exchange for comparative analysis.
    EARLI SIG 15 – Special Educational Needs Newsletter,
    Volume 2,
    12–15.
  • Törmänen, M.
    (2017).
    ”Lasten kielten oppimiskyky”, Asiantuntijapyyntö HE 114/2017 VP, Hallituksen esitys eduskunnalle laiksi toisen kotimaisen kielen kokeilusta perusopetuksessa. [The Expert report for proposal of Finnish Government concerning the law of second obligatory language in Finnish school system at compulsory education HE 114/2017 VP. Title: Children’s ability to learn languages].
    A Requested Expert Report for Finnish Parliament, Committee for Education and Culture.
  • Törmänen, M., & Juntunen, M.-L.
    (2017).
    Supporting learning and social cohesion through arts education. Interventions in Finnish schools.
    unbekannter Quelle.
  • Törmänen, M.
    (2015).
    ”Kielten oppimiskyky”, Asiantuntijakutsu M 2/2014 VP, Kansalaisaloite Ruotsin kielestä, [in English: The Human Ability to Learn Languages, Requested expert report and presentation concerning M 2/2014, A civil petition on compulsory Swedish language].
    A Requested Expert Report for Finnish Parliament, Committee for Education and Culture.
  • Aunio, P., Hotulainen, R., Mononen, R., Tapola, A., & Törmänen, M.
    (2015).
    ThinkMath-verkkopalvelu - tietoa ja harjoitusmateriaalia lasten matemaattisten ja ajattelun taitojen tukemiseen, [in English: ThinkMath Webservice – supporting children`s mathematical and thinking skills].
    Kielikukko,
    34
    (4),
    31–33.

Konferenzbeiträge

  • Wicki, M., & Törmänen, M.
    (2022).
    European perspectives on Inclusive Education and Special Needs Educational Governance.
    In Schweizerisches Zentrum für Heilpädagogik (Hrsg.),
    12. SZH Kongress, 6. September 2022.
  • Kalkusch, I., Schaub, S., Neuhauser, A., Rodcharoen, P., Törmänen, M., Ramseier, E., & Lanfranchi, A.
    Home-based Early Intervention Program: Longitudinal Development of Children from Psychosocially Disadvantaged Families
    [Konferenzabstract].
    SLLS International Annual Conference,
    Case Western Reserve University, Ohio, USA.
  • Törmänen, M., Schaub, S., Ramseier, E., Koch, C., Neuhauser, A., Kalkusch, I., Rodcharoen, P., & Lanfranchi, A.
    How early term birth and social burdens of the family are affecting on development of children`s executive functions?: A longitudinal study between 0 and 3 years
    [Konferenzvortrag].
    EARLI SIG15 Conference: A village to teach a child. The influence of contextual factors on learning and development,
    Ghent, Belgium.
  • Törmänen, M., & Wicki, M.
    European perspectives on Inclusive Education and Special Needs Educational Governance
    [Konferenzvortrag].
    12. Schweizer Kongress für Heilpädagogik: : INKLUSIVE BILDUNG – Was funktioniert noch nicht?,
    Fribourg, Schweiz.
  • Rodcharoen, P., Oeri, N., Klaver, P., Kalkusch, I., Neuhauser, A., Lanfranchi, A., Schaub, S., Törmänen, M., & Roebers, C. M.
    Self-Regulation Development in At-Risk Families in Switzerland: The Importance of Family Resources
    [Poster].
    ECER 2022, Education in a changing world,
    Yerevan, Armenien.
  • Rodcharoen, P., Oeri, N., Klaver, P., Kalkusch, I., Neuhauser, A., Lanfranchi, A., Schaub, S., Törmänen, M., & Roebers, C. M.
    Self-Regulation Development in At-Risk Families: The Importance of Family Resources
    [Konferenzvortrag].
    EARLI SIG5 2022 Conference, Learning and Development in Early Childhood. Changing times in ECEC: New Opportunities for fostering development and improving sustainability,
    Utrecht, Niederlande.
  • Törmänen, M., Schaub, S., Ramseier, E., Neuhauser, A., Rodcharoen, P., Kalkusch, I., & Lanfranchi, A.
    Families with Social Burdens and the Cognitive Development and Executive Functions of a Child with Preterm Birth. A Longitudinal Intervention Study
    [Poster].
    ECER 2021 Conference (European Conference on Educational Research) «Education and Society: expectations, prescriptions, reconciliations»,
    Online Geneva, Switzerland.

Andere Referate/Vorträge (im Berufsfeld, Vorlesung an Hochschule etc.)

  • Törmänen, M.
    Brain, learning and Music.
    Expert on a public program Finland Arena at Pori,
    Pori, Finland.
  • Törmänen, M.
    Flerspråkighet, mångfald och social rättvisa i skolan [in English: Diversity, multilingualism, and social justice at school].
    Demonstration Lecture for position of Professor Educational Sciences,
    Helsinki, Finland.
  • Törmänen, M.
    Multidisciplinäritet i specialpedagogik - ”Music for All” leder till inklusion, jämställdhet och interaktion? [in English: Multidisciplinary in Special Education – “Music for All” leading to inclusion, equality and interaction?].
    The 25th year jubilee for Special Education Program at Åbo Akademi University,
    Turku, Findland.
  • Törmänen, M.
    Music and Learning.
    Expert on a public program at SuomiAreena (Finland 100 years Arena at Pori, Finland),
    Pori, Finland.
  • Törmänen, M.
    Playful Learning in the Brain. Multi-disciplinary research project in early education, neuroscience and special education.
    Sino-Finnish collaboration seminar,
    Helsinki, Finland.
  • Törmänen, M.
    The Human Ability to Learn Languages and Finnish language policy: Political issues concerning Finnish school system.
    Expert on a public program Finland Arena at Pori,
    Pori, Finland.
  • Törmänen, M.
    The role of individual learning capabilities in "Music for All" reform.
    Music for All - Annual conference: Special Music Centre Resonaari,
    Helsinki, Finland.

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