The HEIPEDA webinar built a common understanding of pedagogical leadership
The Haaga-Helia HEIPEDA Group's webinar built a common understanding of the challenging pair of concepts in pedagogical leadership. The webinar, which took place on 12 April, brought in a wide range of participants from several higher education institutes.
Auli Toom, professor (University of Helsinki), Eeva Kuoppala, Director of Administration of Education (XAMK), and Jari Kalavainen, Director (JAMK), considered and analysed pedagogical leadership at higher education institutions.
According to them, pedagogical leadership extends from position management work to structures, processes, teacher community management, teacher teams and teacher-student encounters. It is therefore a matter for the whole higher education community.
At the same time, it was stated that deepening understanding of the importance of pedagogical leadership would be needed for both leadership and teacher work.
Young people's attitudes to leadership
In the second part of the webinar, we received a taste of the Youth and Leadership study presented by communications specialist Christa Jemina Korhonen from TTL. The survey was conducted at the end of 2021 and 500 Finns aged 16 to 29 responded to it.
Although young people experienced leadership work primarily as a profession and trendseake in meeting people, the results surprisingly highlighted traditional perspectives on leadership and leadership. The webinar therefore discussed how the higher education institution could influence attitudes to leadership.
The speech also focused on the leadership network made possible by TTL, whose activities are aimed at those interested in leadership: both those at the beginning of their careers and experienced employees, as well as students who do not yet know that they want to lead. For example, more information can be found on TTL's website.
At the end of the webinar, the university's management studies were shed light, which was made possible by Heli Bergström, lecturer at Haaga-Helia. The red thread of studies is coaching leadership, which is learned both in theory and in practice during studies. The elements of strongly shared management, strategic management and financial management run alongside them.