The Cultural, Worldview and Language Awareness in Basic Education project KUPERA provides research-based perspectives on cultural, worldview and language awareness in education. The project is carried out cooperatively by the University of Helsinki Centre for Educational Assessment (CEA), other research groups at the Faculty of Educational Sciences, the Forum for Culture and Religion FOKUS, and the steering committee of Arto Kallioniemi’s position as UNESCO Chair on Values, Dialogue and Human Rights in Education. KUPERA also cooperates with other projects, networks and universities. The project is funded by the Finnish National Board of Education.

Assessment and research

The KUPERA project investigates cultural, worldview and language awareness in the learning and assessment material used in various school subjects, and conducts a survey of related views held by head teachers and school teachers. The project produces research-based guidelines for producers of learning materials and teachers of different subjects on how to take awareness of languages, cultures and worldviews into account.

Training

The KUPERA project investigates cultural, worldview and language awareness in the learning and assessment material used in various school subjects, and conducts a survey of related views held by head teachers and school teachers. The project produces research-based guidelines for producers of learning materials and teachers of different subjects on how to take awareness of languages, cultures and worldviews into account.

Materials and webportal

KUPERA produces learning material on the Finnish language for basic education that is differentiated according to pupils’ skill levels, specifically taking into account the needs of those learning Finnish as a second language, and learning material in support of dialogue on cultures and worldviews for different school grades.