The study also provides insight into ownership of learning, which is something encouraged by the national core curricula, too.
“The pupils have identified the spaces where they prefer to work independently, in a group, when tired and when alert,” Sten explains.
Eronen hopes that the findings can give an idea of how pupils’ awareness of different spaces regulates their behaviour.
“A good learner doesn’t go full speed ahead all the time, but knows when to take it easy. It is interesting to see whether pupils feel like they are learning the most when given the chance to rest when they feel like it. That’s another thing we are able to study in this environment.”
At the edge of something new
In order to reap the maximum benefit from the study, the researchers have taken a diverse approach. The data recorded by the headsets will be analysed in interdisciplinary collaboration.
“Professor Pasi Vahimaa from the Department of Mathematics and Physics has been a valuable partner in the analysis of the data,” Eronen notes.
In addition to educational sciences, the topic has also attracted interest from natural sciences.
“The university’s IT Services, on the other hand, are developing tools to enhance the collection of headset data.”
And it is not just researchers who are excited about the study, the same applies to the pupils, too.
“During this project, they’ve become more aware of their learning process and they also monitor the headset data while they are studying,” Sten says.
The project has generated useful information especially on concentration during classes.
Next, the idea is to use a similar research setting on teachers who are engaged in co-teaching.
“This time, the idea is to have teachers wear a headband.”