Teacher Students’ Designing Media Education for Older People: Creative and Need-Based Pedagogies Emphasized





older people, media literacy, media education, teacher education


This study develops Finnish teacher education by exploring the perspectives of teacher student’s on older people’s media education and equipping teacher students to better support older people’s media literacies. Student teams designed media-literacy interventions in the context of a course, “Older People, Media Education, and Facilitation of Learning,” offered in separated teacher pedagogical studies at one Finnish University during the academic year 2019‒2020. Research participants included 22 teacher students and 15 stakeholders (older people and professionals working with older people). The research data consists of students’ designs and presentations on how media education should be implemented for older people as well as feedback from stakeholders. The research data was collected during the course and evaluation workshop organized at the end of the course as part of an ongoing project. Results indicate that creative and need-based pedagogies were emphasized and course development should be continued in light of the results.

Author Biographies

Susanna Rivinen, University of Lapland

Post-doctoral Researcher, Project Manager
University of Lapland, Faculty of Education
Media Education Hub
Rovaniemi, Finland

Päivi Rasi-Heikkinen, University of Lapland

Associate Professor, Education
University of Lapland, Faculty of Education
Media Education Hub
Rovaniemi, Finland

Hanna Vuojärvi, University of Lapland

University Lecturer, Pedagogy of Adult Education,
University of Lapland, Faculty of Education
Media Education Hub
Rovaniemi, Finland

Sirpa Purtilo-Nieminen, University of Lapland

University Lecturer,
University of Lapland, Faculty of Education
Media Education Hub
Rovaniemi, Finland


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How to Cite

Rivinen, S., Rasi-Heikkinen, P., Vuojärvi, H., & Purtilo-Nieminen, S. (2022). Teacher Students’ Designing Media Education for Older People: Creative and Need-Based Pedagogies Emphasized. Seminar.net, 18(1). https://doi.org/10.7577/seminar.4075