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Department of Adult, Career

and Higher Education



Dr. Johanna Lasonen

Professor in Career and Workforce Education

Office: 151D

Phone: (813) 974-0314

Fax: (813) 974-3366





Dr. Johanna Lasonen has worked as Senior Researcher and as a UNESCO professor in the Finnish Institute for Educational Research and as Adjunct Professor (Reader) in the College of Education at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. She gained a Teacher's Diploma and BA in 1974 from the University of Oulu, a MA degree in 1977 from the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, and a doctoral degree (Ed.D.) in 1990 from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA. Her second doctorate, Ph.D. in Educational Sciences comes from the University of Jyväskylä.

Dr. Lasonen has also worked as a vocational teacher educator. She has had many scholarships and research funding from the Academy of Finland, the European Commission, UNESCO and the Finnish ministries of Education and for Foreign Affairs. Her research has focused on analyzing the effects of learning environments on musical skills, surveying the links between attitudes of gender equality among vocational teachers, comparing European education and training systems, analyzing and evaluating work-based learning, and investigating intercultural understanding and immigrants’ integration into the workforce.

Dr. Lasonen has served as an expert for the European Commission (the executive body of European Union) and for UNESCO. She has evaluated and monitored education programs in several developing countries and in Finland. She has also served as a trustee for many professional organizations. In 1997-2000, Dr. Lasonen served as President of IVETA (International Vocational Education and Training Association).

She has published widely in English, Finnish and in some other languages. Dr. Lasonen is a recipient of several professional awards and has been invited as a distinguished visiting scholar by some universities abroad.


I have carried out and led the comparisons of technical and vocational education systems. I have also studied gender equity issues in education and work. During the recent years the focus of my research has been on intercultural understanding and integration of immigrants into the workforce.


Courses to be taught in the Spring 2012 semester:

  • EVT 4651 – Equity in Schools and Workplaces
  • ECW 6696 – Equity and Access in New Economy
  • ECW 6695 – School and Community Relations
  • ECT 6766 – Emerging Work Competencies
  • ECW 7066 – Foundations and Principles of Career and Workforce Education
  • EXX 7743 – Philosophies of Inquiry

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