FinEd mentor pool
The FinEd mentor pool was started in autumn 2016. Via mentor pool, the doctoral candidates of the FinEd Network may contact the experts of their own research area. The FinEd mentors are committed to taking part in the annual seminars and possible pre-seminars of the network according to their own schedule, as well as to act as mentors to the doctoral candidates. When contacting a mentor, it is the responsibility of of the mentor to respond according to their other work tasks  as there is no absolute obligation or compulsion to mentoring. there is no absolute obligation or compulsion to mentoring.

A FinEd mentor is not a "shadow supervisor" and he/she should not bypass the official supervisor(s).  The mentor operates voluntarily and therefore  it is good to avoid the excessive loading of mentors. The mentor can for example direct the doctoral candidates to the methodical sources, help in the outline of the doctoral study or give the permission to use specific question patterns related to the study. In some cases the mentors may also share their experiences  of the varying paths of the researcher's career.

Guidelines for the contacts for the doctoral candidates:

  1.  FinEd mentors do not offer official supervision of the doctoral thesis which is the responsilibity of the supervisors nominated by the faculty. Therefore, it is good to discuss and get a recommendation of one's own supervisor for the contact with the FinEd mentor.
  2. When you contact the mentor found on the list of the FinEd network, please mention that you are a member of the FinEd network.
  3. The mentor pool should be used preferably during the annual FinEd seminars and the FERA Conference, and only restrictedly during other times.


Professor Päivi Atjonen
Evaluation of learning and organisations, especially developmental evaluation; both quantitative and qualitative methodological expertise.
Professor Leena Koski
sociology of education and schooling, university research, research on gender and education; moral orders of education; history of education

Professor Sinikka Pöllänen
Crafts and craft making processes, craft education; crafts and subjective well-being; crafts in rehabilitation processes; sustainable crafts; design-oriented pedagogy and authentic learning environments
University Lecturer Henriikka Vartiainen
Design-Oriented Pedagogy.
Professor Pertti Väisänen 
Teacher’s professional development and teacher education, supervision of practice teaching; learning, studying and teaching in higher education, learning experiences; interplay of motivation, emotion and cognition in a learning process; methodological expertise in quantitative research and mixed methods research.

Professor Anna-Maija Poikkeus
Developmental trajectories of young children’s reading and math achievement, and motivation; teacher-student relationships in the classrooms; social skills, peer relations and self-regulation; follow-up studies of children with and without reading disability; assessment of early language, cognition and pre-reading skills
Research coordinator, docent Satu Perälä-Littunen
Parental childrearing beliefs and ideals; parents' views on parental responsibility; reconciliation of work and parenthood - gender perspective; care in after-school settings; home-school cooperation
Senior Researcher Raine Valli
development of entrance exams; transition from basic education to secondary education
Senior researcher Terhi Nokkala
Higher education, higher education policy, internationalisation of higher education; knowledge society; networking and collaboration in academic contexts; university autonomy; discourse analysis
Senior researcher Johanna Rantanen
Adult development from the perspectives of personality and occupational psychology; work-family reconciliation; guidance and counselling: supervising master and doctoral students; quantitative methods
Professor Miika Marttunen 
Collaborative learning; argumentation; Internet in teaching and learning
Senior lecturer Raija Pirttimaa
Disability studies; supported vocational education and supported employment; teaching of persons with severe disabilities

Professor Tuija Turunen
Educational transitions; curriculum studies; transition to school; autobiographical narratives; teacher education; discourse analysis
Professor Päivi Naskali
Gendered practices in education; governmentality in Education politics; feminist pedagogy; gender system in the North: gender in the Arctic Elderly politics
Associate Professor Satu Uusiautti
positive psychology; educational psychology; success at work and studies; special education

Professor Kirsi Pyhältö
Learning, wellbeing and interaction in school, teacher education and doctoral education; development of comprehensive school; pedagogical well-being; professional agency of teachers; doctoral students' learning and supervision
Post-doctoral research fellow, adjunct professor Pauliina Rautio
Multispecies Childhoods & Sociomaterial Pedagogies, childhood studies, human geography, everyday life aesthetics, education; posthumanism, (new) materialism / sociomaterialism; children’s intra-activity with their more than human companions / child-animal relations, human-environment relations in everyday life
University Research Fellow, adjunct professor Pirkko Siklander
Planning technology enriched teaching and learning; senior citizens' media literacy; learning environments and affordance; playfulness and creaticity in teaching and learning; collaborative learning; grounded theory; design research

Associate Professor Jaakko Kauko
My core idea for research is to analyse dynamics in politics, the ways in which political action is always tied to longer term socio-historical developments, constrained or enabled through institutional rearrangements, and actors are both entangled in and empowered by the dynamics that develop in these conditions. Theoretically I am interested in the questions of power, contingency, and complexity.
Proessor Anja Heikkinen
Relations between education, work and politics. Her approach is crosscultural, historisizing and sensitive to differences. Beside her professorship she is a Reader in History and Philosophy of Vocational Education.
Research coordinator Anna Rytivaara
Co-teaching; inclusion; identity; narrative research

Professor Heikki Silvennoinen
research interests stretches from comprehensive school through university and researcher training to adult education; special fields include selection in education and labour market, the connections between education and social class, the policies, discourses and practices of lifelong learning, the evaluation of education, and education policy; in adult education particular interest in learning opportunities in working life and learning at workplace, personnel training, labour policy training, and liberal adult education
Professor Piia Seppänen
Educational policy and politics; comparative education; sociology of education;  urban schooling; school choice policy, pupil selection, classed practices, urban social segregation and comprehensive schooling systemsducational policy and politics; comparative education; sociology of education;  urban schooling; school choice policy, pupil selection, classed practices, urban social segregation and comprehensive schooling systems
University lecturer, adjunct professor Päivi Pihlaja
Special education; early childhood education; developmental psychology
Professor Erno Lehtinen
Long term development of number concept and mathematical thinking; conceptual change in learning science and mathematics; social networks and expertise; new technology, learning and expertise; motivation and metacognition in learning​

Professor Kristina Ström
Special education: profession of special education teachers; inclusion