Sai Väyrynen’s Conference Papers and Presentations


Väyrynen, S. & Leikas, L. (2017) The Principle of Inclusion as Interpreted by Local Education Authorities in Finland. UArctic Rectors’ Forum and Conference in Aberdeen, Scotland. 28-30 August, 2017.




Väyrynen, S. (2016) Differences, diversity, inequality – methodology of intersectionality in studying social diversity. Discussant / opponent at the Finnish Education Research Association FERA conference in Turku, Finland. November 16-17, 2016.


Väyrynen, S. (2016) Aren’t we there yet? A glance at inclusive education in Finland. 3rd International Conference:None Excluded. Transforming schools and learning to develop inclusive education. Bergamo, Italy. January 28-29, 2016.



Väyrynen, S. (2015) Empowered by Collaborative Practice. Presentation at the ISEC Conference, Lisbon, Portugal. July 26-29, 2015.

Väyrynen, S. (2015) From a Project to Learning and Onwards. Presentation at the Closing international research and practice conference “School for All: Diverse and Equal”, Arkhangelsk, Russia. February 13-14, 2015.



Väyrynen, S. (2014) Creating resources for inclusion through school and community collaboration. Paper presentation at the Voices from the North: Calling for Inclusion in Education Conference, Rovaniemi, Finland. April 11-12, 2014.

Väyrynen, S. (2014) Key Note Speech:  International experience of making inclusion happen. International scientific practical seminar «School for all: experience and opportunities », Arkhangelsk, Russia. January 29, 2014


Väyrynen, S. (2013) Teachers’ skills in the remote areas. Can Diversity be Addressed in the Contexts of Non-Specialised Services. Presentation at the Finnish Educational Research Association, FERA Conference symposium in Jyväskylä, Finland. November 21 – 22, 2013.

Väyrynen, S. (2013) Responding to Diversity in Contexts of Non-Specialised Services: What Competences, Skills and Abilities Need to be Developed? Paper presented at SAALED Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa. July 3, 2013


Väyrynen, S. (2012) Yhteisöllinen oppiminen varhaiskasvatuksen tuen rakentajana [Collective learning as a basis for building early childhood education support mechanisms]. Presentation at the Finnish Educational Research Association, FERA Conference in Helsinki, Finland. November 22 – 23, 2012.


Väyrynen, S. (2011) Osallisuutta vai suunniteltuja vierailuja yleisopetukseen? Erityisopetuksen ja yleisopetuksen niveltämisen haasteita eräässä suomalaisessa koulussa. [Inclusion or planned visits to mainstream education? The Challenges Met in Intertwining Special Education and Mainstream Education in a Finnish School]. Presentation at the Finnish Educational Research Association, FERA Conference in Joensuu, Finland. November 25 – 26, 2011.

Väyrynen, S. (2011) Can Teachers Respond to Education for All. Presentation at the launching of the EFA Monitoring Report 2011. University of Jyväskylä, Finland. November, 2011.

Väyrynen, S. (2011) Inclusion or planned visits to Mainstream classroom? Presentation at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK. September 21, 2011.

Väyrynen, S. (2011) Qu’est-ce qui est spécial à propos de l’enseignement specialisé en Finlande? Presentation at the Université de Génève, Switzerland. February 21, 2011.


Väyrynen, S. & Pekkala, L. (2009). Why aren’t we there yet? The ‘unproblematic’ cultural tolerance in Finnish Higher Education landscape. Paper presented at the SANORD 2nd International Conference “Inclusion and Exclusion in Higher Education” Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa. 2009, December 7 – 9, 2009.

Väyrynen, S. (2009). Vanhat rakenteet vs. uudet ajatukset. Voiko inkluusio syntyä erityisopetuksen rakenteisiin? [Old structures vs. New ideas. Can inclusion emerge from special needs  education structures?] Presentation at the Finnish Educational Research Association, FERA Conference “Education through Other Eyes” in Tampere, Finland. November 26 – 27, 2009.

Väyrynen, S. (2009). Indigenizing inclusion. Making meanings in context. Paper presented at the 14th Biennial Conference of International Study Association on Teachers and Teaching (ISATT). Rovaniemi, Finland. July 1-4, 2009.

Väyrynen, S. (2009). Key Note Speech: Inclusive Education on the EFA and Human Rights Agenda: A Global Perspective. In Tanzania Education Network (TenMeT) National Workshop on Inclusive Education, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 29 – 30 September 2009.


Väyrynen, S. (2008). Key Note Speech: Theory and Practice of Inclusive Education: Continuous Challenges and New Perspectives. In UNESCO Regional conference “Inclusive Education: from Policy Dialogue to Collaborative Action” in Riga, Latvia 24- 26 February 2008.


Pekkala, L. & Väyrynen, S. (2005). Osallistava kasvatus – lapsen näkökulma? In SYVE (Network of Comprehensive Schools of Finland) annual conference, Rovaniemi 15. -16.9.2005.

Väyrynen, S. (2005). Erilaisuuden kohtaaminen koulun arjessa. [Meeting Diversity in Day-to-Day Life at School], Sodankylä VESO-päivä 6.4.2005.

Väyrynen, S. (2005). International and Local Perspective to Inclusive Education. A Framework for Action. Peja, Kosovo, 25.3.2005.

Väyrynen, S. (2005). Osallistava koulu. [Inclusive School], Rovaniemi, OSAKO project, 1.2.2005.


Väyrynen, S. (2004). Samanlainen vai erilainen oppija? Erityistä tukea vaativa opiskelija toisella asteella. [Similar or different in learning?  Student with special needs in post-secondary level]. Rovaniemi, 29.10.2004.

Väyrynen, S. (2004). Encountering the pupil in learning process. In-service training for European Schools teachers, Mol, Belgium, 23.10.2004.

Väyrynen, S. (2004). Erilainen oppija? [Difference in learning?] Barents Conference, Rovaniemi, 20.9.2004.

Väyrynen, S. (2004). Inkluusion haaste kouluille. [Inclusion: Challenging Schools], Lieto,VESO-päivä,1.3.2004.


Väyrynen, S. (2003). Introduction to Development Co-operation. Presentation to a Finnish teacher delegation in South Africa, Pretoria, 13 April 2003.

Väyrynen, S. (2003). A Journey to Inclusion and Exclusion through the Eyes of Learners in a Primary School in KwaZulu-Natal. Education Association of South Africa Annual Conference, 14 – 16 January 2003, Stellenbosch, South Africa.


Väyrynen, S. (2002). International Perspectives in Inclusive Education. Presentation to a Tanzanian delegation visiting the Department of Education, Pretoria, South Africa 2 December 2002.

Väyrynen, S. (2002). Managing Inclusive Curriculum – What Can Teachers Do? Implications for Action. Southern African Development Community. Regional Conference, Johannesburg, South Africa, September 2002.


Väyrynen, S., Olsen, H. & Saleh, L. (2000). Salamanca 6 years on – a thematic session at the International Special Education Congress, University of Manchester, 24 – 28.7.2000, Manchester, UK.


Saleh, L. & Väyrynen, S. (1999). Inclusive education – consensus, conflict and challenge. Il Jornades soble les Necessitats Educatives Especials a l’Aula – Capa una escola per a tothom. 30.9.- 2.10.1999 Barcelona, Spain.