Principal investigators

Kirsi Pyhältö

Kirsi Pyhältö

PhD, professor, Centre for Research and Development of Higher Education, University of Helsinki and Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Oulu

Janne Pietarinen

Janne Pietarinen

PhD, professor, Philosophical Faculty, University of Eastern Finland

Tiina Soini

Tiina Soini

PhD, research director, School of Education, University of Tampere and School of Applied Educational Science and Teacher Education, University of Eastern-Finland


In research project From Student Teacher to Experienced Teacher: Learning an Active Professional Agency PI-group is extented with PhD, docent Auli Toom, University of Helsinki.

Doctoral students and research interests


MA Henrika Anttila (HU)

How does learning and teaching feel like? –Academic emotions in school and teacher education

MA Lauri Heikonen (HU)

The role of emotions in teacher learning during the induction phase in the context of teacher-student interaction

MA Marina Palmgren (HU)

Minority students’ school experiences

MA Emmi Saariaho-Räsänen (HU)

Alone and together – The elements of class teacher students’ self- and co-regulated learning during teacher education

MA Sanna-Mari Salonen-Hakomäki (UTA)

National Core Curriculum Reform process as a step towards sustainable school development?

MA Lotta Tikkanen (HU)

Well-being in school development – co-regulation as a constructor of well-being

MA Suvi-Krista Westling (HU)

Students’ experiences, patterns and contexts of participation in Finnish comprehensive school

MA Sanna Väisänen (UEF)

Construction and regulation of student teachers’ well-being during the teacher education


MA Katja Patojoki (UTA)

Principals’ role as change leaders at the school level development work


MA Annika Palomäki (UTA)

Theory of change in Finnish school development – The local level perspective


MA Jenni Sullanmaa (HU)

Curriculum coherence and teachers’ professional agency in national curriculum reform


MA Olli Sulasalmi (UEF) 

Anatomy of teacher’s sense of professional agency in the professional community


MA Rea Ahola (UTA)

Social support in comprehensive school – Students’ perspective

Katariina Räsänen (UEF)

Alanvaihdon harkinnan syyt ja ennustettavuus opettajan ammatissa


Sanna Ulmanen, PhD, Faculty of Education, UTA

Kaisa Haverinen, MA, Philosophical Faculty, UEF


Roosa Yli-Pietilä, BA, Faculty of Education, UTA


Pihla Rautanen, MA, Faculty of Education, UTA

Several graduate students and research assistants in universities of Helsinki, Tampere, Eastern Finland and Oulu.


International collaborators

Professor Mark Priestley (University of Stirling, UK)

Professor Jan Vermunt (University of Cambridge, UK)

Professor Douwe Beijaard (Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, the Netherlands)

Post doc Researcher Monique van der Heijden (De Kempel University Teacher Education College / Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands)

Associate Professor Stavroula Philippou (University of Nicosia, Cyprus)

Associate Professor Anneli Frelin (University of Gävle, Sweden)

Dr Linda Hargreaves PhD, Reader (University of Cambridge, UK)

Professor Divya Jindal-Snape (University of Dundee, UK)



Sanna Ulmanen, PhD (UTA)

Elsi Ahonen, PhD (HU)

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