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Educational psychology aims at bridging between education, psychology and applied cognitive science. The most important theme is to understand student learning at different levels of education and to improve educational practices on this basis. We are responsible for running a teacher education program with educational psychology as the major. We promote innovation in teacher education by developing new forms of collaborative learning, such as phenomenon-based studying. Our group consists of a professor, three university lecturers, PhD students and post docs. (in English) (in English) (in Finnish and English) (in Finnish)

Our Research Group aims to investigate the following areas: First, students’ conceptions of learning, epistemologies, thinking strategies and attributions, self-efficacy, self-regulative skills and their perception of learning environment. Second, to identify and describe features of various learning environments that may promote or prevent students’ meaningful learning and well-being. Third, to investigate how learning is socially and organizationally mediated by characteristics of student culture and lifestyles. Fourth, our aim is to understand the possible factors that may lead to withdrawal (drop out) from studies and to propose a theoretical and methodological perspective on learning culture that promotes commitment and interest. Fifth, to investigate and develop the collaborative practices of progressive inquiry and problem-based learning. Finally, to look at conceptual change and the development of expertise in different domains, for instance, medicine, teacher education, engineering, and natural sciences.

We are expanding our research on themes described above into elementary and secondary education. Developmental issues are going to be in the focus. Our latest projects are longitudinal in nature. Even university students go through qualitative developmental and conceptual changes during their studies. Developmental transitions are going to be central at all levels of our research.