Research profile

Research at the Faculty of Educational Sciences at the University of Helsinki focuses on human growth, development, behavior and learning. Researchers examine their topics from various perspectives, including the social, communal and individual. Research objects are educational systems, learning environments and learners. Our research aims towards the realization of cultural and social possibilities for the wellbeing of an individual and a society in a changing world.

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.

The Faculty of Educational Sciences is committed to carrying out outstanding scientific research with high societal impact. In specific terms, eight cross-disciplinary Research Communities have been established to co-construct scholarly expertise. The researchers of the Faculty conduct cutting-edge international research with a strong societal link to sustainable and equitable development.

The intention is to gain multiple perspectives from education sciences, and further from sociology, psychology, philosophy, brain and cognitive sciences, and computer science. By cross-disciplinary perspective we introduce new ways of thinking about the foundations and dynamics of education, human learning, and human behavior, across the human lifespan. Using multiple methods, we have combined societal analysis of policy and organizations with findings on individual learning and wellbeing.

Some news about societal impact of research

Education, society and culture

Research topics in the research focus area Education, society and culture include Finnish schools and education policy, schooling and education, work, organizations and development, action, agency and inclusion, equality, gender and global responsibility, skills, design and art in variable forms.

Learning and interaction

Research topics in the research focus area Learning and interaction include curriculum design, learning, teaching, learning environments, learning how to learn, learning difficulties, development, interaction, innovative methods, discipline-based learning or subject didactics, community learning and expertise.

The University of Helsinki defines quality as expedient operations and high-quality results.

In the latest research assessment of the University of Helsinki the scientific quality of research at the Faculty of Education was assessed "Excellent", societal impact of research "Excellent, even outstanding" and research environment and unit viability "Very good to excellent".