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Centre for Educational Assessment CEA
PO Box 9 (Siltavuorenpenger 3 A)
00014 University of Helsinki

Please contact us for further information (firstname.lastname​@​helsinki.fi)

  • Professor Risto Hotulainen (research collaboration)
  • Project Manager Marja Tamm +35850 3119 302 (request for quotations, contracts, project planning and financing)
  • Project Secretary Marja-Liisa Kieksi  +35850 3189336 (visits, general questions)
  • Technical Assistant Jukka Määttänen  +35845 352 8999 (data collection, etc.)

Risto Hotulainen is professor of educational assessment and director of the Centre for Educational Assessment CEA. Risto is responsible for the operations of the centre; for determining guidelines for both research and development projects, as well as for carrying out individual projects in cooperation with our researchers. His research interests encompass the development and assessment of skills and attitudes, as well as the research-based development of various assessment tools. Risto also holds a docentship in special education from the University of Eastern Finland.

Risto in research portal

Raisa Ahtiainen, PhD (Ed.), is a postdoctoral researcher and principal investigator (PI) at the Centre for Educational Assessment CEA. In her research, Raisa focuses on educational change, school development, and leadership in education. Raisa has contributed to the establishment of the Leadership in Educational Contexts research and training group (LeadEd) at the Faculty, and she is the coordinator of the LeadEd research seminar. At CEA, Raisa manages projects falling under the theme of leadership, and one of her responsibilities is to plan,  implement and coordinate research in them.  Raisa is inspired by new research ideas, and she collaborates with a number of researchers from different universities in both Finland and abroad. In addition to her research efforts, Raisa supervises doctoral students and takes part in the planning, development and implementation of education at the Faculty.

Raisa in research portal

Project planning officer

Project Secretary, PhD (Ukraine)

Jarkko Hautamäki is professor emeritus of special education and the first director of the centre. His research focuses on school development, with the goal of creating a school for everyone that meets the needs of developing the society of the future and the survival of the Finnish nation. Jarkko believes it all boils down to the continuous development of flexible thinking as part of the life cycle: the ability and willingness to consider the reality without getting depressed about it or about useful mistakes. In terms of a scientific perspective, Jarkko’s strengths lie in educational psychology sensitive to aspects of developmental psychology.

Jarkko in research portal

Lauri Heikonen works as a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Educational Assessment CEA. Currently, he investigates teachers’ and principals perceptions of school leadership and collaborative school development in the #Uuttakoulua project. He is a member of the Leadership in Educational Contexts research and training group (LeadEd). In his doctoral dissertation, Lauri examines early-career teachers’ learning in the classroom. He is interested in how teachers learn and develop their work in the classroom, how they develop schools together as professional communities and what is the role of leadership in supporting such learning and development.

Lauri in research portal

Ninja Hienonen PhD (Ed.), works as a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Educational Assessment CEA and in the Research Group for Education, Assessment and Learning (REAL). Ninja is interested in the different levels of the education system and how they are related to the student performance and learning related attitudes. In her research, she has recently focused on class size and class composition, as well as on the learning and schooling support system. Currently, among other projects, Ninja works on the Tuettu-project funded by the Academy of Finland, where the main aim is to investigate effect of placement focusing on students with special educational needs by comparing the placement in regular and special classes and on the PISA study led by the Finnish Institute for Educational Research in the University of Jyväskylä. Ninja also teaches quantitative methods in the Master’s Programme in Education. 

Ninja in research portal

Anita Jantunen works as a project planning officer at the Centre for Educational Assessment CEA. Anita coordinates the planning and implementation of the assessment and research element of the Cultural, Worldview and Language Awareness in Basic Education (KUPERA) project. She is particularly interested in questions pertaining to the leadership of schools and educational institutes, the operational culture of schools and equality. Anita is working on a doctoral dissertation focused on the leadership of a diverse school community in Finnish basic education.

Anita in research portal

Marja-Liisa Kieksi works as a project secretary at the Centre for Educational Assessment CEA. She handles the day-to-day running of the office and is responsible, among other things, for processing invoices and fees, completing orders and serving as secretary in meetings. In addition, she coordinates the maintenance of the reader list of the e-Erika online journal. Marja-Liisa also contributes to activities that support research, such as coding research data and translating materials. She is happy to help in questions pertaining to visiting the centre and other general enquiries. 

Laura Kortesoja works as a doctoral student at the Centre for Educational Assessment CEA. Her doctoral dissertation is focused on the interconnections between adolescents’ sleep, learning and digital media use. She is particularly interested in how the circadian rhythm and sleep develop in adolescence and what links they have to the motivation and learning of young people. Laura also teaches quantitative methods in the Master’s Programme in Education.

Laura in research portal

Sirkku Kupiainen in an officially retired but still active special adviser at the Center for Educational Assessment CEA. She has participated in the Centre’s learning to learn assessment and research ever since the first piloting of the instrument. Sirkku was also actively involved in the European Union Learning to Learn Pilot project in 2008 and was responsible for writing its final report. Sirkku was also actively involved in the Finnish implementation of PISA 2006 and the responsible researcher in the Vantaa Digital Learning Follow-up Study in 2015–2018. Together with Ninja Hienonen, Sirkku has expanded the Centre’s research interests into school choice, class size and class formation in the Finnish Basic School. Her recent research interests encompass upper secondary education, the Finnish matriculation examination and the selection of students to tertiary education.     

Sirkku in research portal

Esko Lindgren works as a technical assistant at the Centre for Educational Assessment CEA. He is involved in a number of projects, carrying out a range of tasks. Among the most common ones are the technical design of surveys and the distribution of data from the centre to students, as well as concluding agreements with them. In addition, Esko shoots and edits video material and provides graphic design input for projects, which is also a topic of interest for him outside work.

Meri Lintuvuori, PhD (Ed.), works as a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Educational Assessment CEA and also contributes to the Research Group for Education, Assessment and Learning (REAL). In her research, Meri focuses on support for learning and school attendance, the education policy of basic education as well as equality in education. At the centre, she has contributed to the national surveys on support for learning and school attendance in the KELPO project (2010–2011), the VALAISE project (2012–2013), in a governmental analysis, assessment and research project (2018), a project on support for language acquisition and school attendance (2019), as well as a project on the municipal-level differences in the provision of learning and schooling support (2020). Meri participates in the PISA study conducted by the Finnish Institute for Educational Research of the University of Jyväskylä from the perspective of support for learning and school attendance as well as equality in education. She has also contributed to assessments of learning to learn. In her doctoral dissertation (2019), she examined the system of support for learning and school attendance, as well as related official statistics. 

Meri in research portal

Pia Mikkola, MSSc, works as a communications specialist at the Centre for Educational Assessment CEA. She plans, develops and carries out communications in close cooperation with the researchers and experts of the centre. In addition, Pia is responsible for the layout and visual image of the e-Erika online journal. Pia is particularly interested in popularising and visualising information to increase the impact of research.

Jukka Määttänen has worked as a research assistant at the Centre for Educational Assessment CEA since 1997, with data collection services (paper and online forms) as his remit. Jukka is happy to answer questions pertaining to data collection as well as form design and implementation.

Laura Nyman works as a doctoral student at the Centre for Educational Assessment CEA. Her research is focused on the interconnections between the beliefs, time used for completing tasks and skills that impact the motivation of students who receive support for learning and school attendance. She also tutors students writing their master’s thesis on the use of qualitative research methods at the method clinic (Metodiklinikka). At the moment, Laura is working in the Technology-enhanced assessment and training of 21st century skills project, in which she is investigating how data on the time spent by pupils to complete tasks can be utilised in the research-based development of assessment tools. In addition, Laura is contributing to the Research Group for Education, Assessment and Learning (REAL).

Laura in research portal

Sanna Oinas works as a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Educational Assessment CEA of the University of Helsinki and in the Research Group for Education, Assessment and Learning (REAL) at Tampere University. Sanna moved into research after working for a decade as a class teacher, as she wanted to explore and investigate the link between digital feedback provided by teachers and pupils’ learning and academic wellbeing. At the moment, she is interested in how learning to learn and transversal competences could be observed and supported through the means of learning analytics.

Sanna in research portal

Irene Rämä, PhD (Ed.), works as a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Educational Assessment CEA. Her key research interest and expertise is in special education, specifically regarding pupils on the autism spectrum. In the different CEA research projects, her focus has been on the educational paths and need for continuous support of students with special needs, transitions from compulsory schooling to vocational special education, practices in special education, and curriculum research. In addition to research reports, Irene writes popular texts on her research topics. She is also an active member of the editorial board of the e-Erika online journal. Irene’s professional interests include the appropriate use of the written Finnish language in scientific texts.

Irene in research portal

As a project planning officer, Visajaani "Visku" Salonen is responsible for carrying out development that makes methods adaptive and technically versatile at the Centre for Educational Assessment CEA. He is tasked with testing and developing solutions that increase the efficiency and depth of analyses and reporting carried out by different researchers. In addition to projects active at the centre, he contributes to other Faculty of Educational Sciences projects, from gaze tracking (Mathtrack) to intensive survey data (Bridging the Gaps, PIRE: Crafting optimal learning in science environments) and physiological measurements (GAPS Physiological). Visku is also working on a doctoral dissertation on the utilisation of matching methods in nationally extensive datasets.

Visajaani in research portal

Henri Satokangas works as a doctoral student at the Centre for Educational Assessment CEA. His particular interests include the modes of presenting concepts, language awareness and the linguistic construction of the social order in learning materials. These also constitute his research topics in the Cultural, Worldview and Language Awareness in Basic Education (KUPERA) project. In his doctoral dissertation, Henri investigates how the concepts of various fields are presented and made understandable in textbooks and nonfiction books. Henri also likes to spend his free time reading nonfiction.

Henri in research portal

Marja Tamm works as a project manager at the Centre for Educational Assessment. Marja coordinates cooperation agreements, financial management, the drawing up of funding applications and the processing of invitations to tender at the centre. In addition, she is responsible for the planning and reporting of several projects. Marja also works as the project manager of the National Network for Developing Assessment Literacy (KAARO). In her research, Marja examines assessment literacy and practices.

Marja in research portal

Research Coordinator, PhD

Mari-Pauliina Vainikainen works as associate professor of learning and instruction at Tampere University. She leads the Research Group for Education, Assessment and Learning (REAL), which operates at Tampere University, Centre for Educational Assessment CEA of the University of Helsinki, and University of Jyväskylä. Her background is in educational psychology and special education. She has worked on large-scale international, national and local assessments at the CEA since early 2000s. Her research focusses on the development of learning to learn and thinking skills as well as educational support. 

Mari-Pauliina in research portal

We also work in close cooperation with the following faculty members and their research groups:

Maria Ahlholm, University Lecturer, Department of Education, Humanities and Social Sciences Education Research Community

Markku Hannula, Professor, Department of Education, Maker@STEAM Research Community

Markku Jahnukainen, Professor, Department of Education, Education and Society Research Community

Arto Kallioniemi, Professor, Department of Education, Humanities and Social Sciences Education Research Community

Hannu Salmi, Professor, Research Director, Department of Education, Unit of Science Centre Pedagogy

Kristiina Kumpulainen, Professor, Department of Education, Learning, Culture & Interventions (LECI)

Jari Lavonen, Professor, Department of Education, Maker@STEAM Research Community

Kirsti Lonka, Professor, Department of Education, Research Group for Educational Psychology

Katariina Salmela-Aro, Professor, Department of Education, Growing Mind Research Hub, MindHub-tutkimusryhmä

Patrik Scheinin, Professor, Department of Education

Liisa Tainio, Professor, Department of Education, Humanities and Social Sciences Education Research Community