I work as a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Educational Assessment (CEA) at the University of Helsinki. I am interested in how teachers learn in the classroom, how they develop schools together as professional communities and what is the role of leadership in supporting such learning and development.

I conducted my PhD thesis “Early-career teachers’ professional agency in the classroom” while working in the project “From Student Teacher to Experienced Teacher: Learning an Active Professional Agency”. The Finnish Academy of Science and Letters also funded my PhD research. Furthermore, I have worked in international research projects and acted as a peer reviewer in top journals of the field (e.g., Journal of Teacher Education, Teaching and Teacher Education).



Heikonen, L. (2020). Early-career teachers’ professional agency in the classroom. University of Helsinki. http://urn.fi/URN:ISBN:978-951-51-6547-3

Heikonen, L., Toom, A., Pyhältö, K., Pietarinen, J. & Soini, T. (2020).  The development of student teachers’ sense of professional agency in the classroom during teacher education. Learning: Research and Practice. https://doi.org/10.1080/23735082.2020.1725603