• MSc Alpo Salmisto defended his doctoral thesis in the area of engineering pedagogy in 8.3.2019 in Hervanta campus, Tampere University. Dissertation is titled “Opiskelijoiden lähestymistavat oppimiseen ja tiedon luomisen menetelmät rakennustekniikan yliopistokoulutuksessa” (Students’ Approaches to Learning and Knowledge Construction Methods in Civil Engineering Higher Education) and it consists of six refereed publications (e.g., in European Journal of Engineering Education and Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice).
  • Professor Nokelainen nominated as a candidate for the European Commission VET Excellence in Research Award 2018. Voting is open until 7.11.2018. Read more
  • PGL research group was awarded for excellence in research. Read more
  • PGL research group advances research on university teachers emotions in teaching related events with modern biometric (smart ring) and experience sampling (LearningTracker smartphone application) measurements. Read more
  • PGL research group was granted a Research Award for the NeMo research program (2014-2018) Read more

LEAD and CharVEL are two collaborative research groups operating at the Tampere University of Technology (LEAD) and at the University of Tampere (CharVEL). The groups’ research focuses on professional growth and learning in the contexts of education and working life. The research themes are examined within several intertwined research projects.

LEAD studies factors related to teaching, learning and development of expertise in the formal (higher education) and informal (working life) engineering contexts. The research is based on the socio-constructivist theory of learning, where communities and factors related to regulation of learning are strongly connected to the development of expertise. The research themes of the group include self-regulation and self-directedness in learning, active learning methods, emotions in different learning situations and environments, workplaces as learning environments and the connection between the development of expertise and the use of social media.

CharVEL investigates vocational talent development and learning in various types of learning environments. Vocational talent development refers to characteristics and predictors related to vocational expertise and excellence in the context of secondary and post-secondary education. Learning environments are examined from a broad perspective, including both physical and virtual, closed (formal, e.g., curriculum-based education in institutions) and open (non-formal and informal, e.g., workplaces, social media), and take hybrid forms (e.g., apprenticeships). The research focuses on professional growth which involves learning process throughout entire the career, during which an individual embraces the skills needed to respond to the changes in working life.

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National  collaboration

Tampere University of Technology, Finland
Department of Pervasive Computing
Professor Hannu-Matti Järvinen
University lecturer Essi Isohanni

Department of Information Management and Logistics
Professor Samuli Pekkola
Professor Jouni Kivistö-Rahnasto
Professor Nina Helander

University of Helsinki, Finland
Institute of Behavioural Sciences, Centre for University Teaching and Learning
Professor Sari Lindblom-Ylänne
Senior researcher Dr. Anna Parpala

Department of Education
Associate Professor Petri Ihantola

Department of Teacher Education
Professor Kirsi Tirri
Professor Kristiina Kumpulainen

  • Pedagogy of humane well-being in schools (PROTAGORAS)
  • Teachers’ Moral Competence in Pedagogical Encounters (MoCo)

Department of Computer Science
Professor Petri Myllymäki

  • Complex Systems Computation Group (CoSCo), member of the Finnish Center of Excellence in Computational Inference Research (COIN). Professor Petri Nokelainen is CoSCo Alumni Member.
  • Agile Education Research (RAGE) group

University of Turku, Finland
Department of Teacher Education
Professor Erno Lehtinen
Senior researcher Dr. Tuire Palonen

Associate Professor Liisa Postareff

University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Department of Education
Professor Raija Hämäläinen


International collaboration

University of Oxford, UK
Department of Education
Associate Professor Susan James
Associate Professor Lars Malmberg

  • Professor Petri Nokelainen is Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance (SKOPE) Senior research fellow

University of Stockholm, Sweden
Department of Education
Professor Lazaro Moreno Herrera
Dr. Marianne Teräs

Ludwig-Maximilians University, Germany
Institute of Human Resource Education and Management
Professor Susanne Weber

Griffith University, Australia
School of Education and Professional Studies
Professor Stephen Billett

Paderborn University, Germany
Institute of Education Science
Professor Christian Harteis

Naver Labs Europe, France
Dr. Tomi Silander

University of Mannheim, Germany
Economic and Business Education
Professor Andreas Rausch