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Description of research and teaching


Dr. Kirsi Tirri is a Full Professor of Education and a Research Director at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies and the Department of Education at the University of Helsinki. She is also a Visiting Professor at St. John’s University, New York, USA. Tirri has been the President of ECHA (European Council for High Ability) for the years 2008-2012, the President of the SIG International Studies at AERA (American Educational Research Association) for the years 2010-2013 and the President of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters for the years 2016-2017.

Her research interests include school pedagogy, moral and religious education, talent development and gifted education, teacher education and cross-cultural studies. She has published 12 monographs and numerous journal articles related to these fields. She serves in 13 Editorial Boards of educational journals. She has supervised 22 doctoral dissertations in education and theology and mentored many postdoctoral students who are now professors and researchers in education. She leads the school pedagogy research group at the Faculty of Educational Sciences. She has led the Finnish team in many national and international research projects. 

Curriculum vitae


  • 516 Educational sciences

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

Publications 1987 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

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Den seneste udvikling i Finland i forbindelse med undervisning for højt begavede

Tirri, K. A. H., 15 Jan 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Kognition & Pædagogik. 29, 111

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Ethical sensitivity in teaching and teacher education

Tirri, K. A. H., 31 May 2019, Encyclopedia of Teacher Education. Peters, M. A. (ed.). Springer Science+Business Media, (Springer Nature).

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Open Access

Finnish elementary school teachers’ attitudes toward gifted education

Laine, S. H., Hotulainen, R. H. E. & Tirri, K. A. H., 2019, In : Roeper Review. 41, 2, p. 76-87 12 p.

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Projects 1994 2019

Activities 2002 2019

Supporting Teachers’ Professional Development through Reflective Inquiry

Kirsi Tirri (Pre-examiner)
1 Apr 201910 Apr 2019

Activity: Examination typesPre-examiner of doctoral thesis

Frontiers in Psychology (Journal)

Kirsi Tirri (Reviewer)
1 Feb 201928 Feb 2019

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

EDIC+ Multiple Event in Finland

Kirsi Tirri (Chair of organizing committee)
22 May 2019

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

How to be internationally visible in your research?

Kirsi Tirri (Speaker)
7 May 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Member of the evaluation team

Kirsi Tirri (Participant)
15 May 201918 Jun 2019

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Millaista palutetta lapselle tulisi antaa?

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Våga misslyckas och lär dig!

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