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Description of research and teaching


My research interests are students’ conceptions of knowledge, generic skills, critical thinking and performance-based assessment in the context of higher education. My current main research projects are 'KAPPAS!' (CLA+ international) and 'International Collaborative for Performance Assessment of Learning in Higher Education – Research and Development' (iPAL). I received the best educational dissertation award of the year 2015 Finnish Educational Research Association (FERA) and EARLI Jure mentoring grant in 2017.


  • 516 Educational sciences

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.

Publications 2010 2019

Enhancing Scientific Thinking Through the Development of Critical Thinking in Higher Education

Hyytinen, H., Toom, A. & Shavelson, R. J., 2019, (Accepted/In press) Redefining Scientific Thinking for Higher Education: Higher-Order Thinking, Evidence-Based Reasoning and Research Skills. Murtonen, M. & Balloo, K. (eds.). Palgrave Macmillan

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Large class lectures and essay writing in legal education

Hyytinen, H. & Haarala-Muhonen, A., 2018, Pathways to quality in higher education : Case studies of educational practices in eight courses. Nerland, M. & Prøitz, T. S. (eds.). Oslo: NIFU, p. 171-185 15 p. (Report; no. 2018:3).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterProfessional

Open Access

Projects 2009 2020

Activities 2011 2019

Critical thinking as a key to success at university: development of critical thinking among undergraduates from admission to graduation

Heidi Hyytinen (Supervisor)
2019 → …

Activity: Examination typesSupervisor or co-supervisor of doctoral thesis

Studies in Higher Education (Journal)

Heidi Hyytinen (Reviewer)
23 Apr 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts

Itsesäätelyn merkitys oppimisessa

Heidi Hyytinen (Speaker)
4 Apr 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Journal of Further and Higher Education (Journal)

Heidi Hyytinen (Reviewer)
9 Feb 2018

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts