Research Groups

The Research Group for Educational Psychology at the University of Helsinki aims at bridging between education, psychology and interdisciplinary research on learning. We study processes related to student and teacher learning, motivation, engagement, emotions and well-being at different levels of education aiming to improve educational practices on this basis. We are responsible for running a teacher education program with educational psychology as the major. We promote innovations in teacher education by developing new forms of collaborative learning supporting the gradual development of student agency and involvement in their own learning (e.g., phenomenon-based studying). The Director is Professor Kirsti Lonka.

The main tasks for the Centre for University Teaching and Learning are to carry out and support research in the field of University Pedagogy and to coordinate and organize courses on university pedagogy for academic personnel within all disciplines at the University of Helsinki. The Director is Professor Auli Toom.

The Motivation, Learning, and Well-Being Research Group at the University of Helsinki undertakes research that contributes to understanding and improving student learning, motivation, and both general and academic well-being. The group's research focuses on individual differences in and the development of motivation (e.g., goals, interest, values, and expectancies), learning, and well-being (e.g., emotions, perfectionistic strivings, burnout, and stress), with a particular emphasis on mathematics. The team is interested in individual differences, and different ages and phases of education. The Director is Markku Niemivirta.

Technology in Education Research Group (TEdu) investigates the usage of digital technologies in educational practices both in schools and in higher education. The group participates intensively in research collaboration and practically-oriented development projects with many national and international partners. The research of the group focuses on the following topics: the usage of digital technologies in schools and higher education institutions, the development of technology-enhanced pedagogical and knowledge practices in educational settings, supporting teachers and educators in pedagogically meaningful usage of digital technologies, and institutional level differences and solutions in organizing and supporting the educational usage of digital technologies. The Director is Liisa Ilomäki.

CICERO Learning is a network for distinguished researchers and research groups on learning. The researchers of the network are based in different universities and research institutes in Finland. The network builds co-operation with research groups and units around the world. The directors of this research group are Research Director Mari Tervaniemi ja Professor Minna Huotilainen.

Minds Hub Research Group at the University of Helsinki study motivation, learning and well-being in changing global context. We investigate students' school careers and development across compulsory comprehensive education to higher education and subsequent transition to working life. Our aim is to understand how digitalization, diversity, inequality and stress affect youth development at large. We are responsible for four Academy of Finland funded research projects and promoting new data collection methods. We collect and integrate longitudinal, physiological and situational data. The Director is Professor Katariina Salmela-Aro.