Tero Autio has served as full professor of curriculum studies and teacher education at the University of Tampere, Finland, invited professor of curriculum theory at Tallinn University, Estonia, financed by the European Union in 2010-2015 before re-affiliating to University of Tampere. His research interests cover curriculum theories and histories East and West, (trans)national education policies and their effects on teachers’ work. He has published, lectured and consulted on issues of teacher education, curriculum theories and practices, and education policies in North and South America, Europe, China, Japan, Saudi Arabia, South Korea and Turkey.
Maria Erss is a researcher and lecturer at Tallinn University School of Educational Sciences. She received her doctoral degree in 2015 at Tallinn University in educational sciences with the dissertation “The politics of teacher autonomy in Estonia, Germany, and Finland.” One of her supervisors was Tero Autio. Maria’s early background included teaching foreign languages in Tallinn public schools. For the past several years she has been teaching courses on curriculum theory and development as well as educational and social change. Her research interests encompass curriculum and teacher policies, teacher and school autonomy, educational change and teacher professionalism. In the fall of 2017, she was a guest lecturer on curriculum theory at Johannes-Kepler University Linz, Austria. She has been a presenter at numerous education conferences and published in international journals for the last 6 years.