PREP 21 – Preparing teacher students for the 21st century learning practices is a consortium project between, University of Eastern Finalnd, University of Jyväskylä and University of Oulu. Project is led by Prof. Kati Mäkitalo-Siegl (UEF) and co-leaders are Prof. Päivi Häkkinen and Prof. Sanna Järvelä. The project is funded by Finnish Academy TULOS-programme.

Teacher education has a significant role in preparing pre-service teachers with adequate 21st century skills (i.e. skills for learning, problem-solving, and collaboration, as well as an ability to use ICT in teaching and learning). The aim of this PREP21-project is to investigate and outline factors that affect the development of students’ strategic and collaborative problem-solving skills and their competencies and attitudes towards the use of ICT in teaching and learning. This will be done by conducting both large-scale longitudinal and process-oriented studies across three consortium partner universities. The results of this project will be used for developing Finnish teacher education, and schools, to better respond to the demands of the 21st century.

Project duration


Project funding

Academy of Finland

Project staff

Sanna Järvelä

Piia Näykki

Essi Vuopala

Jaana Isohätälä

Project partners

Kati Mäkitalo-Siegl, Teemu Valtonen, University of Eastern Finland

Päivi Häkkinen, Arto K. Ahonen, University of Jyväskylä


Sanna Järvelä

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Last updated: 7.5.2015