Research Postgraduate studies Research Unit for Subject Education Research Unit for Teaching and Learning Research on Education, Cultures and Arts Special Education Contact Information

Department of Teacher Education
PO Box 9 (Siltavuorenpenger 5)
FI-00014 University of Helsinki

Home Economics and Home Economics teacher education,
Craft Science and Textiles teacher education

PO Box 8 (Siltavuorenpenger 10)
FI-00014 University of Helsinki

Special education
PO Box 9 (Siltavuorenpenger 3 A)
FI-00014 University of Helsinki

Centre for Educational Assessment
PO Box 9 (Siltavuorenpenger 3 A)
FI-00014 University of Helsinki

tel. +358 294 1911 (switchboard)
fax +358 2941 29611

Focus areas for research

The Department is actively involved in the focus area Education, society and culture through the following themes:

A) Encountering diversity. This theme involves research on intercultural communication. Multicultural competence and interculturalism are central topics. A new tenured professorship has been assigned to this field, which is one of the Department's emerging research areas. The theme of confronting differences also involves research on gender equality and non-discrimination as well as on talent.

B) Ethics of education. Research related to this theme focuses on active citizenship, global education and education in sustainable development. Studies on moral sensitivity and the spiritual questions of children and adolescents are also part of research on the ethics of education.

C) Culture, art and everyday practices. These research themes stress the importance of art, culture and creativity in teaching, learning and daily activities. The Department studies home economics skills and continuously evolving everyday practices. The research theme also involves handicrafts as a cultural activity and diverse arts, crafts and physical education.

D) Finnish schooling and education. This theme includes research on the historical formation of the Finnish education and school system as well as on human agency. The focus is on the effects of education on learning how to learn as well as on comprehensive research on teaching and teacher education. This field also involves the development of educational practices.

The Department is actively involved in the focus area Learning and interaction through the following themes:

A) Research related to didactics. Scholars of both general and subject didactics explore such research themes as the significance of subject didactics in learning and teaching. Research focuses on subject learning and the development of teaching. Teachers' knowledge and the scientific basis of the teaching subject are one important research area in general and subject didactics, and research on didactics also explores curricula and learning material.

B) Innovative learning environments. Not only technological, but also social and educational innovations are closely related to this theme. The research theme entails the idea of the ubiquity of learning and involves the study of both formal and informal learning. Included in the study of innovative learning environments is research on technology-supported teaching, studying and learning. Science centre teaching is a separate research theme, as is research on virtual planning. Research on collaborative learning and epistemic agency analyses human growth, development and learning in various contexts and age groups.

C) The teaching-studying-learning process. Research in this field concentrates on the interactive issues associated with teaching and learning. Shared research themes include interaction in teaching sessions (i.e., the analysis of various interactive situations, roles and networks in the classroom and other learning environments). In addition, research in this field investigates the topics of pedagogical thinking, learning how to learn and the ethical issues of learning.

D) Challenges of learning and overcoming them. These research themes are closely related to social and psychological wellbeing. The pedagogy of wellbeing is related to the promotion of wellbeing in various learning environments from day care to the university level. The Department also conducts research on attitudes as well as on motivation and interest. The research themes skills development and learning difficulties are closely associated with the challenges of learning. Research on wellbeing is one of the Department's emerging fields of research.