Education in a Changing World

Action Programme for Research 2015-2019

Research in the Faculty of Education mainly addresses the university’s focus areas of Understanding humans in change and Digital solutions in sensing and interactions. The main theme of research is education in a changing world. Research in the faculty is seeking solutions to how man can exert an active influence on changes instead of just reacting to them.

There are three research units in charge of the faculty’s research:  1) Learning and Learning Processes, 2) Teachers, Teaching and Educational Communities and 3) Values, Ideologies and Social Contexts of Education.

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The Faculty’s Mission and Goals

  • To reinforce competences to promote well-being and sustainable development especially in northern Finland and in the Arctic region
  • To produce internationally recognized, distinctive and socially relevant research
  • Research-based teacher education becomes a remarkable part of the entire research profile of the university and one of its strengths
  • Teacher training and other education offered by the Faculty, especially the multidisciplinary Master’s programmes, are solidly based on research
  • The Faculty has a central role in Eudaimonia and in the development and research of research-based doctoral education at the University of Oulu
Research Units

Learning and Learning Processes Research Unit

The Learning and Learning Processes Research Unit (LLP) tackles the following problem: How can we increase human learning competence for the 21st century needs? The unit’s expertise lies in integrating theoretical perspectives on the social, cognitive, motivational, and emotional processes of learning in different learning contexts, here with a special emphasis on learning in groups. It employs multimodal methodological approaches toward research.

Teachers, Teaching and Educational Communities

This area studies the identity of teachers and the work of educators in various educational and teaching environments. The examination focuses especially on the relationships between these environments and individuals. The research aims at developing teacher education and the environments of education and teaching from different points of view.

Values, Ideologies and Social Contexts of Education

This area studies the theoretical and philosophical grounds, base values and social contexts of education and educational research. Education and educational research are considered in terms of historically constructed phenomena and mindsets. The goal is to construct a critical theoretical and practical understanding of education and pedagogy.

Doctoral Education

Postgraduate education at the Faculty of Education leads to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. Doctoral students become conversant with their field of research and create new scientific knowledge. They participate in the activities of the Faculty research groups and in a wide variety of fomestic and international researcher networks.

Doctoral education aims at both professional and societal qualifications to work in duties at doctoral level. Having completed the doctoral degree, a doctor is well-equipped to use scientific methods to solve problems in either research or other demanding expert duties, and thus likely to find employment in the academic or some other sector.

Doctoral education in the Faculty of Education is part of the University of Oulu Graduate School. Applications for the right to pursue postgraduate studies shall thus be submitted to the UniOGS.

More information

UniOGS Coordinator, Human Sciences
Elina Pernu

Faculty of Education Doctoral Education Coordinator
Pauliina Rautio

Licentiate Degree in the Faculty of Education
A licentiate thesis can be a uniform unpublished manuscript. A licentiate thesis can also consist of (at least) two scientific articles on the same range of topics, both of which have been published or been accepted for publication, together with a summary of them which shall include an introduction, the articles and conclusions. The scientific and general requirement level of an article-based thesis shall be equal to a uniform monograph. An article-based study cannot include parts from a previous licentiate thesis written by the author. Co-authored publications can be included, if the author’s independent share in them can be shown. A uniform printed and published book can also be accepted as a licentiate thesis, in which case the general instructions for article-based theses are applied.

A licentiate thesis is submitted in two bound copies and one loose-leaf copy to the study affairs service desk. 

For more on the licentiate degree, contact
Helena Seppälä, Lead Specialist, Academic Affairs