Educational sociology covers the entire school system and adult education and is directed towards educational policy and comparative educational science. In one direction research is directed towards the structures of entire school system and educational choice as well as social integration and discrimination, whereas on a more micro-sociological level research covers for example phenomena associated with life course and education of various social groups.

The department has a long tradition in research on learning and study orientation and the analysis of motivational factors. Research connected with these subjects is conducted with subjects from secondary schools and university. 

The department also has long traditions in adult education research and youth research. Above all, research is directed towards the relationship between education and working life, careers and participation in adult education. In addition research on special pedagogy and early education have to be taken into consideration. Research on special pedagogy concerns the problematic of disability and deviance and the need of special support both as an individual and as a societal phenomenon. Early education is directed towards, amongst other things, discrimination in childhood and children’s' social relationships. 

The number of research projects within the department has risen dramatically over the last few years. This has meant that the number of researchers in the department has been on constant increase. The department leads multidisciplinary network-like consortium: The Finnish Doctoral Training Network on Educational Sciences (KASVA), which is the central provider of doctoral training in the field of educational research in Finland.  The department also has it's own Doctoral Programme on Educational Policy, Lifelong Learning and Comparative Education Research (KEVEKO) in The University of Turku Graduate School (UTUGS). 

External funding for research projects comes from, amongst others, the Academy of Finland, the European Union, the Ministry of Education and Culture, Ministry of the Employment and the Economy, The Research Council of Norway, parliament's various funds, foundations as well as communities in the region.

The Department of Education and Centre for Research on Lifelong Learning and Education (CELE) has been appointed in 2013 as a part of Nordic Centre of Excellence in Education for Tomorrow (NordForsk).

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