The world and thereby our society are rapidly changing. Today, school must prepare children to live in a world we do not know much about. This task is not easy, as Claxton (2002, 23) points out: If the main thing we know about the future is that we do not know much about it, then […]

The article “Cross-Lagged Associations between Study and Work Engagement Dimensions During Young Adulthood” published in The Journal of Positive Psychology has been included in an online article collection focusing on the psychology of work. The article will be freely available on the “Psychology of work” -website until the end of September 2015: http://bit.ly/psychology-of-work

Helsinki University was recently honored to host the visit of the educational psychologist, professor emeritus Lee S. Shulman from Stanford University. The lecture was a part of Helsinki University’s 375th anniversary celebrations. Shulman held an inspiring keynote titled ”Teaching and Learning in an Unscripted World: Pedagogy, Purpose and Assessment at the Heart of the Scholarship […]

The doctoral dissertation by Mette Ranta focused on young Finnish adults’ personal financial situation and individual agency across young adulthood and their concurrent and longitudinal effects on key developmental tasks related to career and social relations as well as life satisfaction development. The separate studies analyzed transitions of 18–25-year-olds in the context of the global economic downturn that has been taking place since 2008.

A new study utilizing the FinEdu -data, involving Professor Katariina Salmela-Aro, has been published in Developmental Psychology on the psychological and attainment outcomes of different post-school pathways. Existing gap-year research indicates a number of benefits of a gap-year at the end of school and before university enrollment. Life span theory of control, however, suggests that direct […]

The debate on Digital Natives vs Digital Immigrants has been going on for a while now. This is our contribution from the viewpoint of what engages digital natives, published in new edition of the International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences. Surveying the research literature, we present findings as to what pursuits digital natives […]

We won’t teach you how to use technology. Frances Valintine, CEO of The Mind Lab by Unitec, is opening a postgraduate certificate course by surprising her audience. However, she strongly encourages New Zealand teachers to bring “more technology-based practices into classroom.” The course is The Mind Lab’s effort to enhance digital literacy capability and implementation of contemporary practice in the teaching profession. […]

I had the opportunity to participate in a seminar held in Helsinki about education, innovation policy and pedagogies to enhance 21st century learning. A special focus was given to entrepreneurship and innovations in post-industrialised countries such as Finland. One of the keynote speakers was professor Colin Jones from the University of Tasmania. He specializes in entrepreneurship […]