Ph.D. Post-doctoral researcher.
Areas of Expertise: motivation, achievement goal orientations, well-being, school engagement, school burnout, educational transitions, person-oriented approach, longitudinal studies
Heta Tuominen is a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute of Behavioural Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland, and a fellow in the Pathways to Adulthood -programme. She has been involved in the Finnish Educational Transitions (FinEdu) Study and in the Mind the Gap -project. She has published papers in leading journals such as Developmental Psychology, Learning and Instruction, Contemporary Educational Psychology, and Learning and Individual Differences.
Heta Tuominen is interested in exploring the relationships between student motivation and well-being. The findings of her dissertation demonstrated the importance of including measures of well-being when evaluating the role of achievement goal orientations in learning and achievement. Her present work will link the study of motivation with well-being and explore both during a phase of life that is full of age-graded developmental tasks, transitions, challenges, demands, and possibilities. More specifically, she will investigate individual differences in, and developmental dynamics between academic motivation and well-being among adolescents and young adults, by using a longitudinal person-oriented approach.