Research communities, groups and researchers

The Faculty of Educational Sciences has many types of research organisations, including research units, centres, projects and groups. The faculty's umbrella organisation for all other groupings includes eight research communities.

Research staff

Net­works and de­vel­op­ment pro­jects

Networks and other collaborations are important forms of activity for educational sciences. Researchers and research groups are involved in many development programmes, projects and networks in addition to conducting academic research. Discover more about networks and development projects coordinated by the faculty and about the projects. 

Research communities

The centre for educational assessment (CEA) at the University of Helsinki was established in 1996 to develop an instrument for measuring learning to learn as the key transversal skills vital for lifelong learning. Today, the CEA works in collaboration with schools and municipalities, as well as with the National Board of Education and Ministry of Education and Culture concerning educational assessment and other strands of educational research and development.

Contact person of the research community is Professor Risto Hotulainen.

Contact persons of the research community Educational psychology are Professor Markku Hannula, University lecturer Elina Kontu and Professor Auli Toom.

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Educational studies and teacher education is a research community formed around research focused on diversity, multilingualism, minority perspectives, and social justice in education and teacher education. Racialisation, ethnicity, gender, social class special needs and sustainability are prominent components in our research. Our research spans from early childhood to youth and adult studies.

We use a variety of research methods ranging from ethnography, discourse analysis, quantitative analysis to video and photography. Our research community is closely connected to the Nordic Centre of Excellence in education Justice through Education (JustEd) and to the early childhood teacher education, primary education and secondary teacher education programs in Swedish as well as university pedagogy. 

Contact person of the research community is Professor Gunilla Holm.

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The research community Education and society is based on the sociology of education, education policies, cultural studies, and on social justice and multiculturalism. The unit is multi- and interdisciplinary, and its focus ranges from early childhood education to primary school, higher education and adult education as well as working life. Our common goal is to strengthen perspectives from the social sciences and socially relevant research, to develop inspiring ways to teach and to take positions in societal debates.

Contact person of the research community is Professor Markku Jahnukainen.

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The research community Education, teaching and teacher education is interested in issues related to education, teaching and teacher education. The following topics are central: the foundations of education and training, school pedagogy, instruction design, questions of implementation and assessment, curriculum studies, students in teaching–studying–learning processes, the ethics of teaching, multi- and intercultural education, media education and professional teacher development based on basic, induction and continuing education, early childhood education, preschool and elementary instruction, skills and arts education, research on arts and culture, new learning environments and ICT.

Contact persons of the research community are Riitta Jyrhämä, PhD, Title of Docent, Principal Investigator;  Seija Kairavuori, PhD; Heikki Ruismäki, PhD, Professor and Nina Sajaniemi, PhD, Principal Investigator.

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The main foci of the research community Humanities and social sciences education (HuSoEd) are the learning and teaching of subjects related to the humanities and social sciences in early childhood education, comprehensive education and adult education. The subjects include mother tongue and literature, Finnish as a second language, foreign languages, history, social sciences, religious education, secular ethics, philosophy and geography. The research topics cover teaching and learning, teacher education, as well as the development of subject didactics in these subjects. Furthermore, the group addresses questions linked to social, societal, historical and cultural factors affecting the teaching and learning of these subjects. The research community works  closely with the subject faculties. The HuSoEd community is comprised of five research groups each specialising in studies of their own subject-specific areas: Language and Literature Education; Social Studies Education; Foreign Language Education; Religious Education Ethics and Philosophy Education; and Geography and Environmental Education.

Contact persons of the research community are Professor Sirpa Tani and Professor Jukka Rantala.

Learning, culture and interventions (LECI) is a research community devoted to advancing high-quality research as well as research-based teaching and societal interaction at the Faculty of Educational Sciences. It offers a conceptual home to all academics at the faculty whose research rests on socio-cultural and/or activity theoretical perspectives, with a specific interest in reciprocal interaction between theory and practice.

Contact persons of the research community are Professor Kristiina Kumpulainen and PhD, Docent Anu Kajamaa.

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Maker culture, design learning and technology (MaDe) coordinates research through the two research groups Food, cul­ture and learn­ing and Craft and craft edu­ca­tion. Several research projects operate within the research groups. We are also affiliated with larger research projects in the Faculty of Educational Sciences, in addition to cooperating with other faculties and universities, both nationally and internationally.

Contact person of the research community is Professor Pirita Seitamaa-Hakkarainen.