Department of Teacher Education, University of Turku
Professor of History and Social Science Education Arja Virta has a PhD in both history (1982) and education (1995), as well as a long experience in educating history and social science teachers. In 2010–2015, she was the Vice-President of the International Society for History Didactics and, since then, has continued as a member of the organization’s Scientific Advisory Board. Virta has, among other topics, studied the way that children and adolescents manifest their understanding of the past while working with history-related material as well as dealt with the professional growth of prospective history teachers. In 2014, she led a study on the visual literacy skills of history students (funded by the Finnish Cultural Foundation). She is currently acting as the Head of Department of Teacher Education at the University of Turku.
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