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  • Ripatti, Hannu (Helsingfors universitet, 2016)
    Objectives. The objective of this study is to discover the meaning of being multi-skilled in everyday life for men, as well as to show how being multi-skilled is manifested and visible in their lives. The issue is topical in the sense that it is by no means a given anymore that it the smooth running of day-to-day life in the family is the responsibility of a woman. In addition, more and more households are formed by only one person. Furthermore, alternative types of housing are an increasingly important alternative to a traditional nuclear family, especially for young men. The basis of the study is a synthesis of skills based on the existing literature. This creates the opportunity to study the day-to-day lives of men from several viewpoints at once, and to create the basis for the concept of being multi-skilled. Methods. The empirical data used in the study was collected by conducting individual, semi-structured, thematic interviews with seven men between the ages of 21 and 59, living in the capital region or western Uusimaa. The data was analysed principally using qualitative methods in a theory-driven analysis with a phenomenographic approach. In order to increase the reliability of the results, the data was also submitted to quantitative analysis. The data collected in the first part of the survey was analysed based on the knowledge gained from source literature. In the second stage of analysis, larger skillsets were formed in order to describe the actual meaning of being multi-skilled. In the third stage of analysis the skills described by the men were organised into a description of what being multi-skilled is. At the same time, the whole concept became visible in their lives. The men interviewed in the course of the study came to be seen as "products" of their national culture, upbringing, education, life experiences, friendships and other aspects of their private lives. Results and conclusions. The results of this master's thesis show that the skills that men need to navigate their everyday lives can be described with the concept of being multi-skilled. The concept includes three individual factors: the skill of being a human, actual productive skills and a vision of skills to be learned in the future. Being multi-skilled appears in the lives of men as various social, functional and cognitive skills. The experience of doing things together and offering and receiving assistance was described as essential. It is possible to conclude that mastering everyday life via being multi-skilled is both the right and the duty of each person regardless of their gender.
  • Kivilehto, Sari (Helsingin yliopisto, 2011)
    "I will soon understand." The House Planning Program as an Enhancer of Pupils´ Thinking Skills and Learning in Home Economics at Comprehensive School The aim of the research was to build a study program for home economics education in order to enhance pupils´ thinking skills. The program was based on the intervention programs or strategies known as Cognitive Acceleration (CA), which are founded on the theories of Jean Piaget, Lev Vygotsky, and Reuven Feuerstein. In addition, Carl Bereiter s theory of knowledge building was integrated to the research. The viewpoint of home economics was based on the multidimensional foundation of home economics science, particularly household technology and house planning. I first analyzed the kind of body of knowledge home economics science and home economics education provides for enhancing thinking skills in home economics. For the study, a CATE (Cognitive Acceleration through Technology Education) program was adapted and modified and a House Planning program was created for home economics classes. The house planning program consisted of five lessons during which pupils learned how to make functional floor plans as well as choose furniture, household appliances and materials for the home. In order to obtain the required data, various classroom experiments were arranged in 2005 with grade 9 pupils at a comprehensive school in Helsinki. All the experiments were videotaped, and five hours of the videotaped material was edited and transcribed for closer examination. The material consisted of all the video-recorded activity of the selected study group. Interaction study and content analysis were used to analyze the data. Following the experiments, a small survey was conducted to solicit pupils´ and teacher´s opinions of the program. The analysis sheds light on the nature of pupils´ interaction and knowledge building in small group activity. Special attention was given to tracking pupils´ interaction during the socalled construction zone activity. The models and qualities of teacher´s aid and support during the lessons were examined as well. The results revealed the versatility of the pupils social interaction and common knowledge building that occurred during the small group activity. The pupils discussions, including their arguments, their sharing of ideas, and the multiple perspectives that emerged reflected home economics knowledge building. The construction zone activity appeared through expressions of cognitive conflict and metacognition. Cognitive conflict was evident in the pupils´ words and involved questioning, doubting and disputing. The metacognitive activity emerged by thinking aloud, choosing the strategies, and negotiating the results. The pupils also coordinated their activity, allocated the responsibility, and systematized their work. The teacher assisted by preparing new themes for the pupils and by participating in the small group work. The teacher´s help during the small group sessions strengthened the pupils activity in the construction zone. The results showed that one can utilize the wide multidisciplinary basis of home economics, which includes scientific knowledge but also the knowledge derived from practical activity and experience. In this study practical activity was undertaken as a planning project the result of which was a plan or a new vision for the house planning situation. The study showed that the House Planning program was able to enhance the pupils´ social interaction and collaboration. The learning environment challenged the pupils in a way that could be a gateway to further developing their thinking skills. The method of analysis created in the study could be a potential tool for examining social interaction, construction zone activity, and knowledge building in other learning environments as well. Key words: home economics, house planning, classroom experiment, thinking skills,cognitive conflict, metacognition, social interaction, knowledge building
  • Saarilahti, Marja (Helsingin yliopisto, 2020)
    Mastering daily life has been the topic of research in different academic disciplines over the years. This dissertation study approaches the topic from the point of view of home economics. Home economics deals with - and studies - the management of households and their dynamic interaction with surrounding communities. The background of this dissertation is a project in the field of family work. It aimed for helping with mastering everyday life for so-called “drifting families”, i.e., families, with children, that have enduring and considerable problems, especially in coping with their daily duties and timetables. Due to this background, the present study extends beyond home economics and connects it with approaches used in social and educational sciences. The project under study was designed for experimenting with a new family work practice, which used a special method called “sequence map”. The map is intended to function as a tool for supporting to carry out the basic routines of families by organizing and timing daily practices of the family. The project worked together with, and gathered data from, 31 families. The data comprise audio-recordings of family workers’ discussions in project group meetings. The latter data set was investigated in this study. The discussions in these meetings were looked at from the perspective of local knowledge creation of family workers while jointly reflecting their experiences, ideas and questions concerning the use of the sequence map during their family visits. Theoretically, drawing upon cultural-historical activity theory, the sequence map was considered as an artefact, which combines the semiotic and functional meanings of the tool. In the analysis of discursive data on an artefact, the study used three different levels, i.e. primary, secondary and tertiary level of artefact functioning (Wartofsky, 1979), for organizing the data into categories to be further analysed thematically. The analysis aimed to reveal the meanings and functions which the sequence map reaches at each level. The following research questions were addressed: 1. How the sequence map can be placed on the artefact levels and what kind of representations it gets on these levels?; 2. What are the meanings of sequence map as a personal tool of family workers?; and 3. What is the potential new knowledge produced in team meetings and how to further conceptualize the sequence map? The main finding of the research is the multifunctionality of the sequence map which extends its use in practice beyond the designed narrower use of making timetables and fixing a daily structure for helping the families in question to cope with their daily duties. The study shows added meanings and functions, such as a collaborative "pact" between family members, a tool for strengthening the authority of the parent(s), a tool for activating parents, and a tool to bring flexibility to daily life. On the tertiary level the sequence map, mediated by discussions with family workers, revealed new resources of modelling family life, e.g. towards responsible parenthood. For the family workers, the sequence map functioned as an essential tool to communicate sensitively with clients, make plans, and evaluate. The other area of the findings concerns the reflective discussions of family workers seeing these as a way of articulating potential knowledge that is normally hidden or, epistemically, verbalized in an incomplete manner. Keywords: Sequence map, artefact, family work, everyday life, reflective orientation to work, concept formation, mastery of life
  • Raitakari, Jasmin (Helsingfors universitet, 2016)
    Goals. The goal of this thesis is to find out the motives for following three different food blogs. The research focuses on readers of the blogs 52 weeks of deliciousness, Lunni leipoo and Perinneruokaa prkl, all of which are located at the website maku.fi. The selection of the research subject was influenced partly by the fact that blog readers and their following motives have yet been researched only little. Blogs are associated with communality and therefore it's interesting to know whether readers participate in commenting the blog posts and how do they do it. Methods. The data was acquired with an online questionnaire that contained open and multiple-choice questions. The online questionnaire was an appropriate method for reaching the target group. The theoretic focus was on qualitative methods, but quantitative methods were utilized as well. The results of the questionnaire were processed using both qualitative and quantitative methods. Multiple-choice questions were presented graphically, open questions in turn were analysed by defining types and themes. At first every blog was examined individually, after which the whole material was subjected to analysis in order to define different reader types. Results and conclusions. The questionnaire gathered answers from 132 readers. Blog 52 weeks of deliciousness was interesting due to recipes, food ideas and the atmosphere created by the blogger. The blog was also a source for daily inspiration and restaurant tips. Blog Lunni leipoo was followed particularly for its visuality, but the entirety, recipes and stories were also felt important. The readers of blog Perinneruokaa prkl were interested in the blog's theme of traditional food. Although the blog was mainly a source for recipes, the funny and narrative writing style was part of the blog's charm. The reader types defined from the material were information seekers, inspiration hunters and self-entertainers. These types were divided into two types by purposes of use: blogs are either idea banks or entertainment platforms. As an idea bank the blog functions as a source for ideas and information. The information seeker values accessibility and searches the blog for recipes or cooking-related information. The inspiration hunter seeks inspiration, which is basically related to all aspects of the blog, such as the recipes, pictures and the blogger's persona. Both inspiration hunter and self-entertainer use the food blog as an entertainment platform. The self-entertainer is after the blog's atmosphere, looking for fun or just passing time. The blog's visuality, stories and attitude gratify the reader. Commenting in the blogs was scarce. The readers didn't comment, because they didn't find their own thoughts important enough, they didn't feel commenting was appropriate for their behaviour, they felt comments had to have value to other readers and the blogger or they wanted to preserve their anonymity. The readers felt that reasons good enough for commenting were asking a question, sharing an own experience, praising, a particularly interesting or emotive post, testing the recipe at hand and asking for advice.
  • Haverinen, Liisa (Helsingin yliopisto, 1996)
    The aim of this philosophical and theoretical study is to outline a conceptual framework, which could be used to describe the qualitative characteristics of household activities from a holistic point of view. The philosophical part of the study deals with ontological and epistemological approaches. Ontological questions of existence are based on the holistic notion of man. The epistemological approach to household activities is based on the Aristotelian concept of knowledge, according to which actions are viewed as being praxis and poiesis in type. The concept of rationality is essential. As a result of the study, concepts describing the qualitative contents of the concept of mastery of everyday life are presented. Mastery of everyday life describes an individual's understanding of how to act in a household and promote the common good. The qualitative dimensions are the aims of actions, knowledge that guides actions and interaction. From the standpoint of these dimensions, the development of mastery of everyday life means an increase in the individual's sense of responsibility, so that s/he is gradually able to deal responsibility with the whole household, the immediate environment and the surrounding community and society. The quality of interaction develops so that the significance of communicative interaction becomes central. There are three levels in the mastery of everyday life, which differ from one other in respect to the development of reflective thought and the scope of understanding. The whole conceptual framework will contribute to the study of both household activities and the teaching of home economics. Key words: holistic notion of man, rationality, interaction.
  • Janhonen-Abruquah, Hille (Helsingin yliopisto, 2010)
    Increased mass migration, as a result of economic hardship, natural disasters and wars, forces many people to arrive on the shores of cultures very different from those they left. How do they manage the legacy of the past and the challenges of their new everyday life? This is a study of immigrant women living in transnational families that act and communicate across national borders on a near-daily basis. The research was carried out amongst immigrant women who were currently living in Finland. The research asks how transnational everyday life is constructed. As everyday life, due to its mundane nature, is difficult to operationalise for research purposes, mixed data collection methods were needed to capture the passing moments that easily become invisible. Thus, the data were obtained from photographic diaries (459 photographs) taken by the research participants themselves. Additionally, stimulated recall discussions, structured questionnaires and participant observation notes were used to complement the photographic data. A tool for analysing the activities devealed in the data was created on the assumption that a family is an active unit that accommodates the current situation in which it is embedded. Everyday life activities were analysed emphasizing social, modal and spatial dimensions. Important daily moments were placed on a continuum: for me , for immediate others and with immediate others . They portrayed everyday routines and exceptions to it. The data matrix was developed as part of this study. The spatial dimensions formed seven units of activity settings: space for friendship, food, resting, childhood, caring, space to learn and an orderly space. Attention was also paid to the accommodative nature of activities; how women maintain traditions and adapt to Finnish life or re-create new activity patterns. Women s narrations revealed the importance of everyday life. The transnational chain of women across generations and countries, comprised of the daughters, mothers and grandmothers was important. The women showed the need for information technology in their transnational lives. They had an active relationship to religion; the denial or importance of it was obvious. Also arranging one s life in Finnish society was central to their narrations. The analysis exposed everyday activities, showed the importance of social networks and the uniqueness of each woman and family. It revealed everyday life in a structured way. The method of analysis that evolved in this study together with the research findings are of potential use to professionals, allowing the targeting of interventions to improve the everyday lives of immigrants.
  • Heinilä, Henna (Helsingin yliopisto, 2007)
    DOMESTIC SKILLS AS THE ART OF EVERYDAY LIFE. An inquiry about domestic skills as a way of being-in-the-world in the light of existentialist-hermeneutics phenomenology. This study focuses on analyzing domestic skills in a phenomenological manner. The description phenomenological emerges from the interpretation process, which originates from the ontological question of domestic skills. The ontological question of how domestic skills are directs one s phenomenological gaze to the experiencing of domestic skills, rather than merely viewing their action or technical aspects. Along with the ontological question, the axiological question of what the meaning of domestic skills is drives the analysis. This study is both theoretical and philosophical. Phenomenology is the guiding philosophy, theory and methodology of the inquiry. Existentialist-hermeneutics is the emphasis which most appropriately describes the phenomenological attitude adopted within the analysis. Martin Heidegger s philosophy of being and Maurice Merleau-Ponty s philosophy of the lived body essentially form the theoretical base for the inquiry. The analysis reveals domestic skills within a core of Care and the Other. Care and the Other are anchored both in Heidegger s analysis of Dasein and in Merleau-Ponty s analysis of the reversible being-in-the-world. The social nature of being and the action-oriented intentionality of the lived body are embodied in Care and the Other. This ontological base of domestic skills enables us to see the extensions that inhabit in it. These extensions are redoing, emotional experiencing, adapting and emancipating. The analysis connects ability and action, which is why domestic skills and household activity must be seen as a united whole. This united whole is not the matter of the two components of the phenomenon, but is rather the matter of domestic skills as a way of being-in-the-world. Domestic skills are a channel for the phenomenon Home Economics to manifest in our lives. This is the gaze that presents domestic skills as to be like the poetry of everyday life. The main result of the study is the elucidation of the ontology of domestic skills and the naming of its extensions. This growth of philosophical understanding makes it possible to strengthen the science of home economics.
  • Valli, Heli (Helsingfors universitet, 2017)
    While preparing food in home economics classrooms, the students observe environment using their all senses. In learning the touch senses are present. Lahtinen (2008) has developed haptices and social haptic communication. On body the haptices are composed of messages created via touch and motions. Combined with haptices, also auditivity, visuality, the examination of objects and experimenting help gaining information. The research task in this study asks how describing and haptices i.e. contact messages are involved in the learning of a visually impaired student. The task is approached from three aspects. The first is the basic description of a surrounding physical space using speech and haptices to the visually impaired student. The goal is to orient to the learning space. The second aspect comes from the description of the food preparation process via speech and haptices, in which the describer is a teacher. Here we get close to the personal space of the student. The third aspect deals the subject through the student's senses, how a visually impaired student's auditory, visual and haptice are being involved in the process of making food. The study questions were the following 1) In which ways the description and haptices are involved in the visually impaired student's orientation for the learning space? 2) In which ways the description and haptices are involved in the visually impaired student's learning process for the food making? 3) How the different senses are in use in the visually impaired student's food making situations? The study was conducted using qualitative methods. The gathering of the data for the study was done using video recordings. The describers that took part in this study were interpreters and a teacher. The visually impaired students used their senses in the home economics classroom while preparing food. For the support of the data driven content analysis, still images and transcriptions were used. Versatile discussions on the subject with experts supplemented the gathered results. From the research findings I raise the possibilities of the description and haptices as tools for the teaching staff. With these tools the pedagogy of the everyday skills for visually impaired persons can be developed and clarified.
  • Viljaala, Mirva (Helsingin yliopisto, 2020)
    The main purpose of this research is to observe the home economics teachers in comprehensive school as multicultural educators. The goal of this research was to clarify how the home economics teachers experience multiculturalism in their work and how multicultural education can be included in home economics lessons. The Finnish society becomes more multicultural all the time and the teachers are working with the diverse groups of pupils every day. The teachers’ multicultural skills are important especially in the home economics class where students learn new information and skills for their own life and home. This research has a qualitative method. The research material was collected by using the theme interview method. Seven home economics teachers who work in different comprehensive schools took part in the interviews and all the interviews were carried out in January 2020. Three different themes were handled during the interviews. The themes were derived from the research questions in this study. The themes were teaching and multiculturalism, home economics teachers work and multiculturalism along with diversity in school’s everyday life. The interview recordings were transcribed word for word and analyzed using the content analysis. According to my results, multiculturalism enriches the home economics lessons in comprehensive schools. The discussions about food, cooking and eating create good opportunities to learn something new about diverse cultures and tolerance. Home economics teachers strive for equality when meeting the students in the home economics classroom and try to teach tolerance during the lessons. According to this research, the challenges with multiculturalism are mostly connected with students’ weak knowledge of the Finnish language. Home economics teachers consider warm and approving atmosphere in the home economics classroom very important. The home economics teachers’ own multicultural skills increase especially when working with diverse students and outside the school through their own experiences and interests.
  • Myntti, Mikko (Helsingin yliopisto, 2021)
    When moving to a new dwelling, residents try to make it a home or feel like one. This is done by customizing the space, getting used to it and the surroundings, decorating the apartment with their own things and finally by living there alone or with others. The result of this process is called feeling of home. Home making as is home and family in general is considered feminine. However, men also move and make homes, either alone or with someone else. In this study I look at the formation of the home and the feeling of home of men, as well as their roles at home when they move to live with their companion. I tell three different stories about moving in together: a couple moves into a new dwelling, a man moves into a woman's home and a woman moves into a man's home. The study is narrative in material and in analysis. The narrative analysis is made applying a model by Heikkinen (2018), in which a new wholesome narrative is constructed from fragmented material. The material consisted of three stories of heterosexual couples moving in together, presented in an audiovisual form on Muuttopäiväkirjat -reality show on Finnish public media service Yle. In the analysis I formed new narratives from the short scenes scattered between episodes, describing the formation of home from the man's point of view. I review these narratives comparing them to the theoretical background formed on home, relationship and the role of men, among other things. The results are narratives that construct social knowledge. They are based on my interpretation of the moves presented in the reality-tv series. The narratives are perspective-widening analysis rather than the truth about the moves presented in the series. The narratives I have formed tell about three different situations in which a man’s position in their home and relationship is formed in different ways: 1. A young couple’s expectations of home do not match each other 2. A man’s feeling of home gets broken and rebuild as a woman moves to his home 3. The man moves in with the woman and finds a home from the family
  • Kortesalmi, Marilla; Autio, Minna (2019)
    Tarkastelemme artikkelissa talous- ja kuluttajakasvatuksen oppihistoriallisia lähtökohtia sekä käsitteiden välisiä kytköksiä. Talouden lukutaitoa pidetään keskeisenä kansalaistaitona talouskasvatuksen perinteessä. Lukutaitoon kohdistuu kuitenkin kritiikkiä sen staattisuuden vuoksi. Lukutaidon rinnalla tarkastelemme talouden opetusta myös taloudellisen kyvykkyyden kautta, missä painottuu käytännön talous- ja kuluttajaosaaminen ja toimijuus. Pohdimme myös sitä, miten talouden teemoja ja sisältöalueita tulisi opetuksessa painottaa kestävyyshaasteen edessä.
  • Mattila, Olga-Maaria (Helsingin yliopisto, 2021)
    The aim of this study is to learn how the work experience effects to the development of expertise and work identity as well as to find ways to integrate supporting the growth of expertise into a smoother part of home economics teacher studies. The target group of this study consisted student teachers in home economics who are working in home economics sector among the studies. In the household sector, this meant working as a home economics teacher in general education, free educational work, or in companies and organizations. There has been little research on the subject from the perspective of home economics. This study was conducted as qualitative research with features of the Delphi method. The study consists of two parts each with own research questions, data and analysis. The data was collected from 38 home economics teacher students. The data of part one was collected using Google Forms which is an electronic survey tool. Data of the second part was collected with remote group discussion involving five home economics teacher students. Both data samples were analyzed with data driven content analysis. The analysis of part one raised nine main themes; self-efficacy, accumulation of work experience, strengthening of the employment opportunities, household competence, pedagogical competence, working life skills, reflection, motivation, teaching and combining studies and working life. The material in the second part consisted of three proposals for integrating the support of home economics students' expertise into a more streamlined part of their studies. The examination of the results was combined with the model of integrative pedagogy modified by Tynjälä, Virtanen and Helin (2020). The materials complement each other and together they form a modified model of integrative pedagogy to support expertise in studies.
  • Säynevirta, Heidi (Helsingin yliopisto, 2020)
    Objectives. The objective of this study is to research digital games in everyday life, during COVID-19-epidemic and distance learning period in Finland during spring 2020. The purpose is to find out what significances students give to digital games in their daily lives, and how the distance schooling affected the interviewees' playing. The starting point of the study is a syn-thesis built from previous games studies and everyday life research, which seeks to describe and define digital games and everyday life before state of emergency, considering the possi-ble effects they might have. The issue is current as the COVID-19 epidemic brings new challenges to the daily routines both in school and family life, and no significant research is yet available on the changed daily life. Methods. The study was conducted as a two-day game diary and as a thematic interview for eight fifth-graders. Qualitative data was analyzed by a phenomenographic analysis method. Results and conclusions. The significances of playing digital games in everyday life during distance schooling can be themed on 4 categories: Interaction, experiences of accomplishment, leisure, and challenging self. When looking at how playing digital games has changed during COVID-19 and distance schooling, interaction, leisure, and self challenging have also been consciously pursued goals.
  • Kanerva, Tuuli (Helsingin yliopisto, 2021)
    Foodwork has changed and responsibility of foodwork is starting to be more equally shared in households. Attitude towards foodwork depends, among other things, on situation and to whom one is cooking for. Convenience foods are used to simplify foodwork in households. Outsourcing foodwork to restaurants is also more and more common and take-away meals have become very popular. Technology and application innovations enable ready meals to be delivered to our doorstep. The aim of this study is to explain the use of and reasons to use home delivery services. Theoretical background of the study is based on the research of home economics and domestic work. Research of eating out and eating environments is also used in the study. This study was conducted as a quantitative study. The data was collected with survey questionnaire that was compiled based on theoretical literature. The survey was distributed via Internet in February 2021. Of 148 received responses 145 were accepted for the analyses. Analysis was conducted with IMB SPSS 26. Crosstabulation, Kruskal-Wallis, PCA and oneway-ANOVA were used as methods of analysis. Time saving, minimizing the amount of work and indulgence were the main reasons to use home delivery services for ready meals. Three groups that had different attitudes towards foodwork and home delivery services were found from the data. The groups were named 1. enjoying foodwork, 2. staying home and 3. valuation of ease. Female gender, high education and age (28–34 years) defined the first group. Size of household (at least two members), children and high education defined group two. Low education, 20 000–39 999 annual income and size of household (three or more members) defined group three the least. Among all respondents, home delivery services were used most by men and age group 28–34. The results of the study cannot be generalized to population and it would be important to study these themes further and in larger context since home delivery services are permanent part of the contemporary life.
  • Järvinen, Saraleena (Helsingin yliopisto, 2019)
    In the 1950s, the Finnish diet was still monotonous and scarce, but at the same time sugar, butter and wheat consumption skyrocketed, which resulted in new public health nutrition concerns. Public health nutrition recommendations and nutrition policy practices focused on households and families where the mother was expected to take care of the nutritional status of the family. This master’s thesis seeks to examine how the nutrition promotion was constructed in Finnish Kotiliesi-magazine in the 1950s. The magazine is seen as a setting for nutrition promotion where mothers were educated to maintain the nutrition and health of the family within the broader cause to improve public health. The data was collected from Kotiliesi-magazines from 1950 to 1959 and consisted of all nutrition promotion-related articles (n=235). The qualitative analysis of the data was done by constructing nutrition promotion to different themes based on nutritional knowledge and practical nutrition counselling. Nutrition promotion was analysed using the Foucauldian governmentality framework that combines the knowledge concerning public health, nutrition counselling and individual food behaviour. Category-analysis was used to analyse how housewife’s subjectivity was constructed in the data. Through nutrition promotion, Kotiliesi aimed to improve public health nutrition by maintaining its strengths and preventing its weaknesses. Dietary advice and nutrition counselling were based on a food circle which provided a model for the daily energy intake and protective nutrients. Maintaining adequate vitamin intake throughout the year was an important theme of the promotion. Nutritional significance of regular mealtimes was also strongly emphasised in nutrition promotion. Practical nutrition counselling focused on combining nutrition and house-keeping and educating housewives to nutritionally proper cooking and food preservation. Kotiliesi created a moral image of a proper housewife who takes care of the nutrition and well-being of the family. The study sees the magazine’s nutrition promotion as a form of bio-power that sought to improve public health through self-governance techniques. This study provides new insights into the nutritional challenges of Finnish households in the 1950s and studies nutrition promotion in Finnish family households.