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POB 64 (Gustaf Hällströmin katu 2)
00014 University of Helsinki
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Terhi Mäntylä, doctoral student, Lic. Phil.
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Physics Teacher Education, Department of Physics
P.O. Box 64 (Gustaf Hällströminkatu 2)
FIN-00014 University of Helsinki


Phone: +358 9 161 50656
Fax: +358 9 161 50662
E-mail: terhi.mantyla (a) helsinki.fi

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Education

2006

 

Lic. Phil., Physics (Physics education research), University of Helsinki

2003 MSc, Physics (Physics Teacher), University of Helsinki
  • Master's thesis: "Teaching models of electric current in upper secondary school" (translation from Finnish) Thesis in Finnish
  • Major in physics (physics education)
  • Minors in mathematics, chemistry and pedagogy
Experience

1.1.2004-

Doctoral student, Department of Physics, University of Helsinki,

1.8.-31.12.2003
Assistant, acting, Department of Physical Sciences, University of Helsinki,
1.1.-31.7.2003
Research scientist, Department of Physical Sciences, University of Helsinki,
1.1.2001-31.12.2002
Research assistant, Department of Physical Sciences, University of Helsinki.
Teaching

I have taught the course Structures and processes of school physics (7 p) since fall 2003.
In spring period 2001 I was course assistant in course Concepts and structures of physics and in academic years 2001-2002 and 2002-2003 I was the second instructor of the course.

I have also experience in physics teachers' in-service training and distance education. In year 2001 I taught in in-service education course for physics teachers and in fall 2002 I designed and taught course Concepts and structures of physics 1 as distance education in WebCT environment and in fall 2004 I taught part of the distance course. In spring 2004 I was the second instructor in courses Tutorials in physics teaching and Modeling method in physics teaching.

Research

I'm postgraduate student in physics education research group and my research field is teaching and learning in physics teacher education. The aim of the research is to develop and improve the teaching in physics teacher education.
The research projects which I am involved in are:

Publications

Refereed journal articles

Refereed conference publications

  • M. Pehkonen, I. Koponen and T. Mäntylä, Collaborative Concept Mapping by Using CmapTools: Supporting Conceptualisation and Learning in Higher Education, a paper published in the proceedings of 5th International Conference on Multimedia and Information and Communication Technologies in Education, Lisbon, Portugal, 22.-24.4.2009
  • I. T. Koponen and T. Mäntylä, Models and Modelling in Physics Education: A Review of Philosophical Underpinnings, in T. Asunta and J. Viiri (eds.), Pathways into research-based teaching and learning in mathematics and science education, Proceedings of Annual Symposium of the Finnish Association of Mathematics and Science Education Research. Jyväskylän yliopisto, Opettajankoulutuslaitos 2006, tutkimuksia 84, Jyväskylän yliopistopaino, Jyväskylä 2006, p. 19-27.
  • T. Mäntylä and I. T. Koponen, Conceptual hierarchy of physics as a principle leading to structured knowledge in physics teacher education, in A. Laine, J. Lavonen and V. Meisalo (eds.), Current research on mathematics and science education, Proceedings of XXI Annual Symposium of the Finnish Association of Mathematics and Science Education Research. Research Report 253. Yliopistopaino, Helsinki 2004, p. 370-390.
  • I. T. Koponen, T. Mäntylä and J. Lavonen, Challenges of web-based education in physics teacher  training, in proceedings of ICTE 2002 conference, Badajoz (Badajoz, 2002) p. 291-295.

Conference abstracts in international conferences

  • T. Mäntylä, The use of graphical organizers in understanding the construction of physical laws, ESERA Summer School 2006, Braga, Portugal, 15.-22.7.2006
  • T. Mäntylä and I. T. Koponen, Using graphical organizers for understanding the forming of physical laws, ESERA 2005, Barcelona, Spain, 28.8.-1.9.2005
  • I. T. Koponen and T. Mäntylä, Generative Role of Experiments in Physics and in Teaching Physics: A Suggestion for Epistemological Reconstruction, ESERA 2005, Barcelona, Spain, 28.8.-1.9.2005
  • T. Mäntylä and I. T. Koponen, Understanding the role of measurements in creating physical quantities: a case study of learning to quantify temperature in physics teacher education, IHPST 8 Conference, Leeds, United Kingdom, 15.-18.7.2005
  • I. T. Koponen and T. Mäntylä, Generative experimentality for teacher education: A Suggestion for epistemological reconstruction and evaluation of its uses, IHPST 8 Conference, Leeds, United Kingdom, 15.-18.7.2005
  • T. Mäntylä and I. T. Koponen, From fragmented to structured knowledge in physics teacher education: a course about physics' conceptual structure, Research-Based Teaching in Higher Education, Helsinki, Finland, 22.-23.3.2005
  • I. T. Koponen, T. Mäntylä and J. Lavonen, The role of physics departments in developing student teachers' expertise in teaching physics, Research-Based Teaching in Higher Education, Helsinki, Finland, 22.-23.3.2005
  • T. Mäntylä, Conceptual hierarchy of physics as principle leading to structured knowledge, AAPT's 129th National Meeting, Sacramento, United States, 31.7.-4.8.2004.
  • T. Mäntylä, I. T. Koponen and J. Lavonen, Challenges of teacher education for physics departments, AAPT's 129th National Meeting, Sacramento, United States, 31.7.-4.8.2004.
  • T. Mäntylä and I. T. Koponen, Constructing physical laws: Role of experiments and models, AAPT's 128th National Meeting, Miami, United States, 24.-28.1.2004.
  • T. Mäntylä and I. T. Koponen, Model-based view on formation of concepts and their meaning, AAPT's 128th National Meeting, Miami, United States, 24.-28.1.2004.
  • I. T. Koponen and T. Mäntylä, Epistemic role of experimentality in physics and in teaching physics, AAPT's 128th National Meeting, Miami, United States, 24.-28.1.2004.
  • T. Mäntylä and I. T. Koponen, Understanding the character of physical laws through the intertwined epistemic roles of experiments and models: An example from physics teacher education, Proceedings of ESERA 2003 Research and quality of science education conference, Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands, 19.-23.8.2003.
  • I. T. Koponen, T. Mäntylä and J. Lavonen, Challenges of web-based education in physics teacher  training , International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies in Education ICTE 2002, Badajoz, Spain, 13.-16.11.2002.
  • T. Kortesniemi, I. T. Koponen and J. Lavonen, Conceptual hierarchy as a method to promote coherence in learning in pre-service teacher education. Abstrakti Tu 3a-209 in: Physics in New Fields and Modern Applications, GIREP 2002 Conference, Lund, Sweden, 5.-9.8.2002.
  • J. Lavonen, I. T. Koponen and T. Kortesniemi, Collaborative Concept Mapping in Physics teacher Education. Abstrakti Mo 2b-02 in: Physics in New Fields and Modern Applications, GIREP 2002 Conference, Lund, Sweden, 5.-9.8.2002.
  • L. Karhunen, T. Kortesniemi, I. T. Koponen and J. Lavonen, Learning by negotiating on meaning: An example from learning electric circuits in high school level. Abstrakti Tu 3a-210 in: Physics in New Fields and Modern Applications, GIREP 2002 Conference, Lund, Sweden, 5.-9.8.2002.

Conference abstracts in national conferences

  • T. Mäntylä, J. Lavonen and I. T. Koponen, Guided collaboration in making graphical networks - case study in physics teacher education, Ainedidaktinen symposiumi, Helsinki, 8.2.2008.
  • I. T. Koponen and T. Mäntylä, Generative role of experiments in physics and in teaching physics: A suggestion for didactical reconstruction, XL Annual Meeting of the Finnish Physical Society, Tampere, 9.-12.7.2006.
  • T. Mäntylä ja I. T. Koponen, Graphical organizers in understanding the construction of physical laws in physics teacher education, Tutkimusperustainen opettajankoulutus ja kestävä kehitys, Ainedidaktinen symposiumi, Helsinki, 3.2.2006.
  • T. Mäntylä ja I. T. Koponen, Using graphical organizers for understanding the forming of physical laws in physics teacher education, Annual Symposium of The Finnish Mathematics and Science Education Research Association, Jyväskylä, 21.-22.10.2005.
  • I. T. Koponen ja T. Mäntylä, Models and Modelling in Physics Education: A Review of Philosophical Underpinnings, Annual Symposium of The Finnish Mathematics and Science Education Research Association, Jyväskylä, 21.-22.10.2005.
  • T. Mäntylä, Conceptual hierarchy of physics as a principle leading to structured knowledge in physics teacher education, in: Mathematics, science and technology teacher education and primary school teacher education, 20th Annual Symposium of the Finnish Mathematics and Science Education Research Association, Helsinki, 10.-11.10.2003.
  • T. Mäntylä, Understanding the character of physical laws through the intertwined epistemic roles of experiments and models: An example from physics teacher education, Proceedings of the XXXVII annual conference of Finnish physical society, 20.-22.3.2003, Helsinki, Department of Physical Sciences, University of Helsinki, Report Series in Physics, HU-P-265 2003, 10.6.
  • J. Lavonen, I.T. Koponen and T. Mäntylä, Learning by making network representations collaboratively: Case study in physics teacher education, Proceedings of the XXXVII annual conference of Finnish physical society, 20.-22.3.2003, Helsinki, Department of Physical Sciences, University of Helsinki, Report Series in Physics, HU-P-265 2003, 10.7.
  • T. Kortesniemi, I. T. Koponen and J. Lavonen, Conceptual hierarchy as a method to promote coherence in learning in pre-service physics teacher education", Annual Symposium of The Finnish Mathematics and Science Education Research Association, Joensuu, 27.-28.9.2003.