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Durham University

School of Education

Staff Profile

Paivi-Sisko Eerola

Research Assistant in the School of Education

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Since April 2014 I have worked as a Research Assistant/Project Officer at Durham University, first for the Hearing the Voice research group and later for the Research Group at School of Education. In latter, the projects I have contributed to have consisted of evaluating Widening Participation programmes in higher education, conducting qualitative analysis into the changes in the practical work in science at GCSE and A Levels, and evaluating children's library renovations. I would be especially interested in studying either comparative educational research (focus on Finnish education system) or transfer effects in music education.

Indicators of Esteem

  • SEMPRE Research Award:

    presentation in Hull, November 2013

  • Two-year grant: post-graduate studies at the University of Jyvaskyla, Finland 2011-2012

Research Interests

  • Transfer effects of Music education (social benefits)
  • Music and well-being
  • Social mobility (Widening Participation) through higher education
  • Comparing Finnish education system to the UK system

Research Groups

Research Projects

Selected Publications

Journal Article

  • Eerola, P-S. (2014). Musiikin opiskelun siirtovaikutuksia - katsaus empiirisiin tutkimuksiin. (The transfer effects of music education: A review of empirical evidence.). Musiikkikasvatus (17/1): 57-70.
  • Eerola, P.-S. & Eerola, T. (2013). Extended Music Education Enhances the Quality of School Life. Music Education Research 16(1): 88-104.
  • Eerola, P-S. (2010). Mitä musiikki kouluille antaa? Musiikinopettajien näkemyksiä opetuksensa tavoitteista ja sisällöistä sekä oppiaineensa erityisyydestä. (What is music in schools for? How music teachers see the objectives, contents and speciality of their subject.). Kasvatus (1/2010): 31-40.

Chapter in book

  • Younger, K. & Eerola, P. (2018). Feedback from Teachers on a Widening Participation Intervention: Targeting, Context and Networking. In Widening Access throughout the Student Lifecycle. Atherton,G., Kendall,S., Naughton,M. & Webster,M. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 21-34.
  • Eerola, P-S. (2009). Jyväskylästä ja Oulusta valmistuneiden musiikinopettajien sijoittuminen työelämään. (How music teachers trained in the Universities of Jyväskylä and Oulu have found their place in the job market.). In Musiikki kuuluu kaikille. Koulujen Musiikinopettajat ry 100 vuotta. Helsinki. 227-232.

Conference Proceeding

  • Louhivuori, J., Eerola, T., Saarikallio, S., Himberg, T. & Eerola, P-S. (Eds.). (2009). Proceedings of the 7th Triennial Conference of European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music (ESCOM 2009) Jyväskylä, Finland. University of Jyväskylä, Finland.

Edited Sources, Research Data Sets, and Databases

Masters Thesis


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