Dr. Kirsi Tirri is a full Professor of Education and a Research director at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies at the University of Helsinki. She serves as a President of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters. She is also a Visiting Professor at the St. John's University, New York, USA. Tirri has been the President of ECHA (European Council for High Ability) for the years 2008-2012 and the President of the SIG International Studies at AERA (American Educational Research Association) for the years 2010-2013.

Her research interests include school pedagogy, moral and religious education, gifted education, teacher education and cross-cultural studies. She has published 12 monographs and numerous journal articles related to these fields. She serves in 13 Editorial Boards of educational journals. She has supervised 21 doctoral dissertations in education and theology and mentored many postdoctoral students who are now professors and researchers in education. She has led the Finnish team in many national and international research projects.

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Email: kirsi.tirri@helsinki.fi

Tel: +358 2941 29838, +358 503182182

Dr. Elina Kuusisto  is a Docent of Education at the Faculty of Educational Sciences, the University of Helsinki, Finland. Her academic writings deal with: moral and religious education, more specifically:

  • moral sensitivities such as ethical sensitivity, intercultural sensitivity, interreligious sensitivity
  • purposeful teaching and life purposes
  • talent development and growth mindset 

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Email:  Elina.kuusisto@helsinki.fi

Tel:+358 2941 29865, +358 504487031

Post-doctoral researcher PhD, MA (Ed.)

Research themes:

Gifted education, conceptions of giftedness

Differentiated teaching

Teachers’ and students’ mindset about learning 

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Contact information: sonja.laine@helsinki.fi

Doctoral student

Topic of the thesis : Comparative studies on the Finnish and Chinese science curriculum 

Description of thesis: The doctoral thesis is an article-based one to investigate how aims for scientific literacy and 21st century competencies are implemented in National Primary Science Curricula in Finland and China. Further empirical research would be done based on the analysis results of the intended curriculum.

Funding: Funding from China Scholarship Council for doctoral studies

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Contact information: yan.wang@helsinki.fi

 

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Topic of  Thesis: Morality in Iranian schools 

Description of thesis: As an article based thesis this study investigates Iranian students’ life purposes and purpose profiles. Further moral dilemmas in Iranian schools from teachers’ and students’ point of view are studied using both qualitative and quantitative research methods.

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Email: nasibeh.hedayati@helsinki.fi 

Tel: +358 294129811,  +358 503180309

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Topic of Thesis: Social services students’ life purposes – a case study from Finland

Description of thesis: This exploratory mixed methods case study aims to find out what kind of self- and other-focused life purposes Finnish social services students identify themselves with and how service during their studies affects their life purposes and helps them to develop their professional interactional competence.

Contact information: niina.manninen@helsinki.fi

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Topic of the thesis: Teachers' and students' mindsets in learning.

Description of thesis: Empirical research on mindset has indicated that mindset could predict individual multiple achievement including academic, cognitive, motivational, affective and even socioeconomic through the mediation of social-cognitive approaches. In the light of the current research, we hypothesize that both students’ and teachers’ mindsets have an impact on students’ learning outcomes. This research aims to illustrate 1) review of current research for teachers’ and students’ mindsets in learning, 2) whether mindset in learning is culturally bound by comparing mindsets both in different backgrounds,3) cross-culture predictors to growth mindset in learning.

 

Contact information: junfeng.zhang@helsinki.fi

Doctoral student

Topic of the thesis: Knowledge Integration in Education and Science

Description of the thesis: Core questions of the study are: a) what is integration in education, b) why integration is done, c) what kind of benefits and challenges are expected, d) how it is executed currently in Finnish schools, and d) how integration in schools is parallel and connected to practices of interdisciplinary science.

Funding: Finnish Cultural Foundation (Lauri Järvi Fund)

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Contact information: mikko.a.niemela@helsinki.fi

 

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Topic of the thesis: Learning gratitude in school environment

Description of thesis: My doctoral thesis aims to exploring gratitude’s meaning and the ways it is promoted by teachers in first grade students in Finland. This is realized through the following research questions: what is the meaning of gratitude in school setting in Finland? What are the different psychological components of gratitude in school environment? What are the educational methods used by teachers to assist students understanding gratitude?

Contact information: leonardo.cedilloberber@helsinki.fi 

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Topic of the thesis: Political formation of vocational education: A comparative study of Finnish and Estonian vocational education systems

Description of thesis: The emphasis of the research lies on a comparative study of Estonian and Finnish Vocational Education Training systems. The research adopts two methodological approaches: historical comparative approach, and critical policy analysis

Funding: Seed funding from Journal of Vocational Education and Training

Contact information:  heidi.paju@helsinki.fi

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Topic of the thesis: Improved teacher-parent interaction- positive digital communication as a tool

Description of thesis: The aim of this thesis is to build a positive interaction model between teachers and parents based on positive psychology and character strengths- teaching. The main focus is in improving all positive communication between teachers and parents and the tool highlighted in this study is the daily used digital platform.

 

Contact information: anne-mari.kuusimaki@helsinki.fi

Master student (Research assistant)

Topic of the thesis: Mindsets at the university of Helsinki viikki normal school – a case study in teaching first graders

Description of the thesis:This qualitative case study examines first grade teacher’s mindsets in teaching. The data includes observation and stimulated recall interviews with a class teacher whose mindsets were first identified with a mindset inventory. The final results depict how mindsets reflect on teacher’s understanding about learning and how mindsets actualize in teaching. 

Contact information:  moona.tuominen@helsinki.fi

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Topic of thesis: Growth mindset appearing in a didactic relationship

Description of thesis: This qualitative case study examines first grade teacher's growth mindset in teaching. The data includes theme interview, observation and stimulated recall interviews. The final results describes how teacher's growth mindset appears in planning and reflection of teaching and how growth mindset actualize in teaching. 

Contact information: rina.ronkainen@helsinki.fi