1984 …2023
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Description of research and teaching


Dr. Jari Lavonen is a Professor of Physics and Chemistry Education at the University of Helsinki, Finland. He is a director of National Teacher Education Forum and member of the steering committee of the Finnish Education Evaluation Centre. He is a visiting professor at the Michigan State University and University of Johannesburg. He has been researching science and technology education and teacher education for the last 31 years and his main research interests are science and technology teaching and learning, curriculum development, teacher education and use of ICT in education. He has published altogether 150 refereed scientific papers in journals and books, 140 other articles and 160 books for either science teacher education or for science education. He has been active in international consulting, for example, involving the renewal of teacher education for example in Norway, Peru and South Africa.



  • 516 Educational sciences
  • Science education
  • Motivation
  • curriculum research

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

Publications 1984 2019

21st century competencies in the Chinese science curriculum

Wang, Y., Lavonen, J. M. J. & Tirri, K. A. H., 2019, (Accepted/In press) Nordic-Chinese Intersections on Education . Du, X. Y., Liu, H. Q., Jensen, A. A. & Dervin, F. (eds.). Palgrave Macmillan

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

A comparison of student teacher learning from practice in university-affiliated schools in Helsinki and Johannesburg

Lavonen, J., Henning, E., Petersen, N., Loukomies, A. & Myllyviita, A., 1 Jan 2019, In : European Journal of Teacher Education. 42, 1, p. 4-18 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

An international collaborative investigation of beginning seventh grade students' understandings of scientific inquiry: Establishing a baseline

Lederman, J., Lederman, N., Bartels, S., Jimenez, J., Akubo, M., Aly, S., Bao, C., Blanquet, E., Blonder, R., Soares de Andrade, M. B., Buntting, C., Cakir, M., EL-Deghaidy, H., ElZorkani, A., Gaigher, E., Guo, S., Hakanen, A., Hamed Al-Lal, S., Han-Tosunoglu, C., Hattingh, A. & 30 othersHume, A., Irez, S., Kay, G., Kivilcan Dogan, O., Kremer, K., Kuo, P-C., Lavonen, J., Lin, S-F., Liu, C., Liu, E., Liu, S-Y., Lv, B., Mamlok-Naaman, R., McDonald, C., Neumann, I., Pan, Y., Picholle, E., Rivero Garcia, A., Rundgren, C-J., Santibanez-Gomez, D., Saunders, K., Schwartz, R., Voitle, F., von Gyllenpalm, J., Wei, F., Wishart, J., Wu, Z., Xiao, H., Yalaki, Y. & Zhou, Q., Apr 2019, In : Journal of Research in Science Teaching. 56, 4, p. 486-515 30 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Projects 1994 2023

Activities 2005 2019

Evaluation of the PhD thesis manuscript by Francois Naude, University of Johannesburg. South-Africa

Jari Lavonen (Supervisor)

Activity: Examination typesPre-examiner of doctoral thesis

International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education (Journal)

Jari Lavonen (Editor)

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

Evaluation of the Scientific Expertise of KT/PeD Pekka Räihä for a position of a docent in pedagogy. Åbo Akademi (Event)

Jari Lavonen (Board member)

Activity: Membership typesAssessment of candidates for academic posts

National Tsing Hua University

Jari Lavonen (Visiting researcher)
18 May 201924 May 2019

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution

TAIEX SRSP Workshop on the support to the reform of teacher education institutions

Jari Lavonen (Speaker: Keynote)
21 Jan 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Press / Media

Interview in Ceska televise in Udalosti, komentare (41st minute).

Jari Lavonen


1 item of media coverage, 1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Interview in Gangtok TV

Jari Lavonen


1 item of media coverage

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Interview in El Comercio

Jari Lavonen


1 item of media coverage

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INterview to Al Jazeera 27.9.2016

Jari Lavonen


1 media contribution

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