Research groups

In this page we introduce research groups associated with Helsinki Special Educational Needs research community. If you are interested in conducting a thesis related to the research themes of our research groups, don't hesitate to contact the leader of that group.
Neuromyths in Education

Myths about the brain and learning, or neuromyths, such as "we only use 10% of our brains" and "all dyslexic children see letters backwards", are also common among educators. Despite being repeatedly disproved or lacking research evidence, these myths live on as science-based truths all over the world. Now, through a joint study by the Helsinki Research Community of Special Educational Needs (PI Lotta Uusitalo), we seek to understand the neuromyths held by student teachers, teacher trainers, teachers and others working in the field of teaching and education. We are collaborating with Associate Professor Jo Van Herwegen (UCL, UK) and are currently collecting the first data with a translated version of her measure. 


Active Numeracy

Active Numeracy is a mul­tidiscip­lin­ary research group from the fields of edu­ca­tional sciences, sport sciences, psy­cho­logy, and technology led by Professor Pirjo Aunio. Active Numeracy research group broadly investigates factors affecting mathematical learning and learning difficulties. The aim is to produce novel multidisciplinary research knowledge, which lays the foundation for developing new pedagogical strategies to support children's learning. The multidisciplinary research group consists of professionals from educational sciences, sport sciences, psychology, and technology.


Tuettu project is a consortium research project led by Professor Markku Jahnukainen and formed by researchers from the University of Helsinki and Tampere University. The project investigates questions involving inclusion from the point of view of educational class placement. Tuettu project aims to answer the question of what kind of consequences do student’s class placement and student composition of the class have for students receiving special support and their classmates.