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Faculty Research Profiles: Johanna Lasonen

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Phone: 813-974-0314
lasonen@usf.edu

Adult, Career and Higher Education
4202 E. Fowler Avenue EDU105
Tampa, FL 33620

Research Biography

Dr. Lasonen is a Professor of Career and Workforce Education in the Department of Adult, Career and Higher Education. In the past, she has worked as a teacher, teachers’ educator, senior researcher, research projects leader, and as a professor. She has accomplished and lead several emerging and critical aspects of education and workforce connections, vocational education and training, and in intercultural education. She has a research record based in Finnish vocational and professional education and in her many international and cross-national research collaborations. The international collaborations extend from Dr. Lasonen’s doctoral studies in the U.S., through a range of European cross-national studies and international aid projects in Africa, to her UNESCO professorship. Dr. Lasonen has clearly built a strong academic profile in the field of international learning environments in schools and at work. Her recent research project is about recognition of workforce competence among ethnic group members, whichexplores to what extent immigrants' competences are recognized and how it influences their employment, career development, and access to education. Recognition is analyzed as a theoretical concept, and immigrants’ own aims are investigated with relation to feasible options. The research project also seeks to develop methodology relative to recognition and intervention. The target groups include first generation (female) adult immigrants and teenagers who represent the second generation, i.e. have parents with an immigrant background. The project consists of three interrelated studies.

 

Awards 

  • VirginiaStateDissertation Award, Iota Chapter, 1991.
  • American National Dissertation Award, Omicron Tau Theta, 1991
  • Leader, Achiever and Outstanding AlumnaRecognition, Virginia Polytechinic Institute and State University, 1996.
  • Outstanding Professional Award, Omicron Tau Theta (Professional Society in Vocational Education), 1996.
  • Exceptional Service Award, International Vocational Education and Training Association, 1997.
  • The Silvius – Wolansky Award, for Outstanding International Leadership in Technical Vocational Education and Training by Department of Industrial Education and Technology, Iowa State University and International Vocational Education and Training Association in recognition of Significant Contributions to the Advancement of Technical Vocational Education and Training at the Local, National and International Levels, 2001.
  • Dag Hammarskjöd Medal, United Nations, 24.10.2002. for the work of peace promotion.
  • Award from the City of Jyväskylä, December 2003, for arranging the international conference on ‘Intercultural Education: Teaching and Learning for Intercultural Understanding, Human Rights and a Culture of Peace’ in Jyväskylä with 750 participants from some 30 countries.

Degrees

  • Comprehensive School Teacher's Diploma (university degree), Teachers' Education College of Kajaani, University of Oulu, (Finland), 1974
  • B.A., Bachelor of Arts, the University of Jyväskylä, (Finland), 1975
  • M.A., Master of Arts and Pedagogic, University of Jyväskylä (Finland), 1977
  • Ed.D., Technical and Vocational Education, Virginia Polytechnic a Institute and State University (Blacksburg, Virginia, USA), 1990;
  • Ph.D., Educational Sciences, University of  Jyväskylä ( Finland), 1993

Grants

  • Principal investigator for the grant entitled “Recognition of Immigrants’ Workplace Competence   (abbreviation:OPCE), funded by the Academy of Finland, 2009-2012 (600.000 USD).
  • Principal investigator for the mobility grant entitled “Competence Recognition and Employment as Experienced by Russian Immigrants in Finland, funded by the Academy of Finland for the international visit from the Udmurt State University, Russia, 2009-2010 (50.000 USD).
  • Principal investigator in Finland for the grant entitled “Intercultural Competence Training for Trainers and Advisors in the Field of Professional Orientation (INT.COMP)”, funded by the Commission of the European Communities, 2006-2009 (70.000 USD).
  • Principal investigator for the grant entitled “Improving the Attractiveness and the Image of Vocational Education and Training in Europe”, funded by the Commission of the European Communities, 2006-2008 (50.000 USD).
  • Principal investigator for the grant entitled  ”The Role of the First and Second Language in Immigrant Education to Achieve Bilingualism in Finnish Elementary Schools”, funded by the Academy of Finland,2005-2008 (220.000 USD).
  • ·         Principal investigator for the grant entitled “ Analysis on the Work-Related Education and Training System in Europe for Youth – Lessons for Iran”, funded by the Academy Finland,  2004-2005 (60.000 USD).
  • ·         Principal investigator for the grant entitled “ Educated Girls in Tanzania: Socio-Cultural Interpretations of the Meaning of Education – Pre-Study”, funded by the Academy of Finland, 2004-2006 (210.000 USD).
  • ·         Principal investigator for the grant entitled “ Measuring Indicators of Sustainable Development in School Curricula: A Study of Ethiopia, Ghana and Nigeria”, funded by the Academy of Finland,2004-2005 (220.000 USD).
  • ·         Principal investigator for the grant entitled “ Intercultural Education: Teaching and Learning for Intercultural Understanding, Human Rights and a Culture of Peace”, funded by the o   Academy of Finland, June 2003 (24.000 USD), o   Finnish Ministry of Education,June 2003 (15.000 USD), o   United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO’s Participation Programme, 2002-2003 (20.000 USD), and o   Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, 2003-2004 (150.000 USD).
  • ·         Principal investigator for the grant entitled “Pre-Service Teacher Training and Continuing Education for Intercultural Competence”, funded by the Academy of Finland, 2003-2005 (200.000 USD).
  • ·         Principal investigator for the grant entitled “Follow-up research on work-based learning in vocational education, funded by the Finnish Ministry of Education, 1999-2000 (150.000 USD).
  • ·         Principal investigator for the grant entitled “Esteem for and Quality of Initial Vocational Education in Finland and in Europe – Pathways from Upper Secondary Education to Employment and Further Education”, the national dissemination of the results of the European Leonardo da Vinci project, funded by the Finnish National Board of Education, 1999 (25.000 USD).
  • ·         Principal investigator for the grant entitled “The Attractiveness of Vocational Education and Training and Its Parity of Esteem with General education  in 2nd Report on Vocational Training Research in Europe, funded by the Commission of European Communities, 1999 (22.000 USD).
  • ·         Principal investigator for the grant entitled “Sharpening Post-16 Education Strategies by Horizontal and Vertical Networking, multiplier-effect project in Europe, funded by the Commission of the European Communities, 1998-1999 (250.000 USD).
  • ·         Principal investigator for the grant entitled “Finding new Strategies for Post-16 Education by Networking Vocational Education and Academic / General Education in Europe, funded by the Finnish Ministry of Education, 1996-1998 (210.000 USD).
  • ·         Principal investigator for the grant entitled ”Flexible teaching in the social care high school in Finland”, funded by the Finnish National Board of Education, 1991-1993 (120.000 USD).
  • ·         Principal investigator for the grant entitled ”Finnish vocational high school students' perceptions of themselves as learners of mathematics”, funded by the Finnish National Board of Education, 1991-1993 (110.000 USD).
  • ·         Principal investigator for the grant entitled “Finnish vocational school teachers’ gender role attitudes”, funded by the o   Academy of Finland, 1987-1990, (110.000 USD), and   o   Finnish Cultural Funds, 1987 (20.000 USD).
  • Research Programs   ·         Leader of the research program entitled “Multiculturalism in Education and Work” in the focus area Education and Social Change. The research team consisted of tree senior researchers, three pos-doctoral researchers, three doctoral students and two MA students, 2006-2010.
  • ·         Leader of the research program entitled “Research on Internationalisation and Development in Education and Training (http://ktl.jyu.fi/ktl/english/research/ridet). Depending on funding and the phase of graduate studies, the number of persons of the research groups  varied from four to 25 members. The research team consisted of three professors, two senior researchers, two young researcher and doctoral students. Many international scholars visited the programme, 2003-2006.
  • ·         Leader of the research program entitled” Learning at Work” (www.jyu.fi/ktl/research/akto/). The research team consisted of eight persons,1999-2002.
  • ·         Leader of the research program entitled “Parity of Esteem Issues in European Post-16 Education”, the teams of the research projects comprised some 30 members from the universities of eight European countries, 1996-1999.

Selected Publications

  • Lasonen, J. (2010). Internationalization of higher education: A case study on college music teachers’ intercultural expertise. International Education, 40(1), 39-54.
  • Lasonen, J. (2010). Sustainable curriculum in TVET. Journal of Technical Education and Training, 2(1), 139-165.
  • Lasonen, J. (2010). Multiculturalism in the Nordic countries. In C. Grand and A. Portera, Intercultural and multicultural education: Enhancing global interconnectedness (pp. 261-278). New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis.
  • Lasonen, J. (2010). The status of vocational education and training. In P. Peterson, E. Baker, & B. McGaw (Eds.), International Encyclopedia of Education (pp. 429-440). Volume 8. Oxford: Elsevier.
  • Lasonen, J. (2010). Internationalization of higher education: A case study on college music teachers’ intercultural expertise. International Education, 40(1), 39-54.
  • Lasonen, J. (2010). Sustainable curriculum in TVET. Journal of Technical Education and Training, 2(1), 139-165.
  • Lasonen, J. (2010). Multiculturalism in the Nordic countries. In C. Grand and A. Portera, Intercultural and multicultural education: Enhancing global interconnectedness (pp. 261-278). New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis.
  • Lasonen, J. (2010). The status of vocational education and training. In P. Peterson, E. Baker, & B. McGaw (Eds.), International Encyclopedia of Education (pp. 429-440). Volume 8. Oxford: Elsevier.
  • Lasonen, J. (2009). Intercultural education: Promoting sustainability in education and training. In J. Fien, R. Maclean and P. Man-Gon (Eds.), Work, learning and sustainable development (pp.187-202).(Technical and Vocational Education and Training Series 8). Dordrecht: Springer.
  • Lasonen, J. & Gordon, J. (2008). Improving the attractiveness and image of VET. In Cedefop, Modernising vocational education and training. Fourth report on vocational training research in Europe. Background Report. Volume 3. (Cedefop Reference Series 71.) Luxembourg: Office for Publications of the European Communities. (Also Online: http://www.cedefop.europa.eu/etv/Information_resources/Bookshop/publication_details.asp?pub_id=567)
  • Lasonen, J. (2008). Sozialpolitische und pädagogische Antworten auf Probleme der Migration. In A-L. Matthies and E. Skiera (Hrsg.), Das Bildungswesen in Finnland – Geschichte, Insitutionelle Strukturen, bildungs- und sozialpolitische Perspetiven (pp. 265-272). Bad Heilbrunn/Oberbayern: Verlag Julius Klinkhardt. [Online] http://www.uni-flensburg.de/aktuelles/forschungsbeitraege/
  • Lasonen, J. & Teräs, M. (2007). Interculturality in immigration – Training needs and development of practice. In A.A. Baranov, E.R. Khakimov and Ya.S. Suntsova, Obrazovanie i mezhnatsionalyje otnoshenija: teoria i sotsialnaja praktika [Education and international relations: Theory and social practices](pp. 393-404). Izevsk, Udmurtia: Udmurt State University.
  • Lasonen, J. & Bhalalusesa, E. (2006). Girls’ educational participation in Ethiopia and Tanzania. In J. Sempruch, K. Willems, and L. Shook,  Multiple Marginalities: An intercultural dialogue on gender in education. Korbach, Germany: Helmer Verlag.
  • Lasonen, J.(2005). Reflections on interculturality in relation to education and work. Journal of Higher Education Policy, 18(4), 397-407).
  • Lasonen, J, (2004). Poverty and powerlessness in Ethiopia: Shaping gender equity through technical, vocational education and training. In R. D. Lakes & P.A. Carter, Globalizing education for work: Comparative perspectives on gender and the new economy (pp. 97-110). Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, INC., Publishers.
  • Rojewski, J.W & Lasonen, J. (2004). The Role of Globalization and Context on Workforce Education and Development.  In J.W. Rojewski (Ed.), International perspectives on workforce education and development (pp. 1-16). Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing, Inc. ISBN: 1-59311-200-9
  • Lasonen, J. (2004). Workplaces as learning environments: Assessments by young people after transition from school to work. Berufs- und Wirtschaftspädagogik (2), 7 [Online] http://www.bwpat.de
  • Lasonen, J. & Manning, S. (2000). Transnational comparisons of parity of esteem between vocational and general education. International Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 8(1-2), 7-21.
  • Lasonen, J., & Finch C. (1995). Evaluating an international vocational education research linkage: A case study of culture, communication, and collaboration. International Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 3(2),  51-71.
  • Pehu, E., Avotie, L. & Lasonen, J. (1997). Training needs in entrepreneurial leadership for women: Cases from North and South. In J. Lasonen (ed.), The Challenge of the 21st Century for Vocational Education and Training(pp. 212-218). Jyväskylä: University of Jyväskylä, Institute for Educational Research. 
  • Koponen, V. & Lasonen, J.  (1994, Spring).  Finnish vocational high school students' perceptions of themselves as learners of mathematics. International Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 1(2), 21-37.
  • Lasonen, J.L.  (1992). Gender-role attitudes reflecting sex stratification among Finnish vocational teachers.  In S. Ojanen (Ed.), Nordic teacher training congress on Challenges for teachers' profession in the 21st century (pp. 98-106).  (Research Reports N:o 44).  Joensuu: The University of Joensuu, Faculty of Education.
  • Lasonen, J.L., Burge, P.L.,& Culver, S.M.  (1991). Analysis of the factor structure of Finnish vocational teachers' gender-role attitudes. Journal of Vocational and Technical Education, 8(1), 77-92.
  • Lasonen, J. L., Burge, P.L., & Finch, C. (1990).  Gender-role attitudes of Finnish comprehensive vocational institute teachers. The Journal of Vocational Education Research, 15(3), 21-40.
  • Lasonen, J. & Ursin, J. (2011). Koulutus yhteiskunnan muutoksessa: jatkuvuuksia ja katkoksia [Education in changing society: continuities and discontinuities]. (Research in Educational Sciences 53). Jyväskylä: Finnish Education Research Association
  • Lasonen, J. & Halonen, M. (Ed.) (2009). Kulttuurienvälinen osaaminen koulutuksessa ja työssä[Intercultural compe tence in education and work]. (Research in Educational Sciences 43). Jyväskylä: Jyväskylän yliopistopaino
  • Azizi, N. & Lasonen, J. (2006). Education, training and the economy: Preparing young people for a changing labour market. 200 pages. Jyväskylä: University of Jyväskylä, Institute for Educational Research (ISBN 951-39-2385-1)
  • Lasonen, J. & Lestinen, L. (2003) (Eds.). Intercultural education: Teaching and learning for intercultural understanding, human rights and a culture of peace. UNESCO Conference Proceedings. [CD-rom]. Jyväskylä: University of Jyväskylä, Institute for Educational Research. 2600 pages.
  • Lasonen, J. & Young, M. (1998). (Eds.), Strategies for achieving parity of esteem in European upper secondary education. Final Report. Jyväskylä: University of Jyväskylä, Institute for Educational Research.
  • Lasonen, J. (Ed.) (1997, August). IVETA'97 Conference Proceedings. The Challenge of the 21st Century for Vocational Education and Training. Jyväskylä: University of Jyväskylä, Institute for Educational Research.
  • Lasonen, J. (Ed.) (1996). Reforming upper secondary education in Europe. The Leonardo da Vinci Project: Post-16 Strategies. (Publication Series B. Theory into Practice 92). Jyväskylä: University of Jyväskylä, Institute for Educational Research. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED 402 455; CE 073 102).
  • Lasonen, J. & Teräs, M. (in press) Challenges to recognizing foreign competence for employment in Finland: Avoiding immigrant economic stratification In E.L.Brown, P.C. Gorskyand G.Lazaridis, Intersection of Poverty, Class and Schooling: Creating Global Economic Opportunity and Class Equity. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing Inc.
  • Lasonen, J., Teräs, M. & Cools, C. (forthcoming). Migrant women’s access to education and work: A Finnish case reflected with European research. Journal of International of International Education.   Lasonen, J., Teräs, M. & Cools, C. (forthcoming). Migrant women’s access to education and work: A Finnish case reflected with European research. Journal of International of International Education.    
  • Teräs, M., Lasonen, J. & Cools, C. (forthcoming).  Eri kulttuuri- ja kielitaustaisten nuorten koulutukselliset siirtymät perusasteelta toiselle asteelle [Ethinicity and multi-language status on transitions from middle school to high school among youngsters]. Kasvatus).
  • Fletcher, E.C., Lasonen, J. L. &  Hernandez-Gantes, V. (in press).Opening doors for career advancement: Masters’ students insight on program participation. International Journal of Adult Vocational Education and Technology, 5(1).
  • Lasonen, J. Teräs, M. (2013). Tunnustamisen näkökulma maahanmuuttajien työllistymiseen ja ammatilliseen koulutukseen [A view of recognition for immigrants’ employability and vocational education]. In K. Brunila, K. Hakala, E. Lahelma & A. Teittinen (Eds.), Ammatillinen koulutus ja yhteiskunnalliset eronteot [Vocational education and social differentiation] (pp. 154-170).  Helsinki: Gaudeamus Helsinki University Press.
  • Teräs, M. & Lasonen, J. (2013). The development of teachers’ intercultural competence using a Change Laboratory method. Vocation and Learning: Studies on Professional and Vocational Education, 5(2), 107-135.  ISSN 1874-785x, electronic 1874-7868. DOI 10.1007/s12189-012-9087-8
  • Lasonen, J. & Teräs, M. (2012). Intercultural competence in action. In N. Palaiologou & G. Dietz (Eds.), Mapping the broad field of multicultural and intercultural education worldwide. Towards the development of a new citizen (pp. 156-175).Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publisher. ISBN (10): 1-4438-4031-9, ISBN (13): 978-1-4438-4031-6

Areas of Interest/Expertise

  • Multiple Methods
  • Evaluation
  • Workplace Training
  • Vocational Ed
  • Skills Ed
  • Human Resource Management
  • Career Development
  • International Ed
  • Comparative Ed
  • Higher Education
  • Secondary/High School
  • Adult Education
  • Equity & Diversity
  • Educational Access
  • Adulthood
  • Adolescence
  • Online Learning