Closed. 01.01.2017 - 31.12.2019

Research group

Heading for a Degree: A Look at Young People's Positive Pathways

The objectives of the study are to identify the strengths of students and to contribute to the meaningfulness of young peoples studies and the attainment of qualifications. A specific goal is to translate the Positive Youth Development (PYD) measure into Finnish and validate it among young people aged 1619. The study will also explore the connection between individual strengths and student engagement on the one hand, and mathematical, learning-to-learn and socio-emotional skills on the other, as well as how these correlate with the completion of studies.

The TATU study will provide a new approach to preventing exclusion among young people in vocational upper secondary education and training by focusing on the identification of young peoples strengths and student engagement. The study will pilot a new PYD measure that has not been previously used in Finland, designed for measuring young peoples strengths and positive development. New research data will also be obtained on the effectiveness of the Student Engagement Instrument (SEI-F) for young people aged 1619. Research data on how mathematical and socio-emotional difficulties correlate with school dropout and student engagement will be strengthened. Tutkimuksen kansallinen tutkimusryhmä/National research team Tutkijatohtori, KT Airi Hakkarainen, Itä-Suomen yliopisto (UEF), Kasvatustieteen ja psykologian osasto, Erityispedagogiikka Yliopistotutkija, dosentti Kristiina Lappalainen, Itä-Suomen yliopisto (UEF), Kasvatustieteiden ja psykologian osasto, Erityispedagogiikka Koulutuksen arviointikeskuksen johtaja, apulaisprofessori Risto Hotulainen, Helsingin yliopisto (HY) Projektitutkija, KT Tuomo Virtanen, Jyväskylän yliopisto, Kasvatustieteiden tiedekunta, Opettajankoulutuslaitos Kehitysjohtaja, KT Jatta Herranen, PKKY, Pohjois-Karjalan Ammattiopisto Joensuu Hankepäällikkö, KM Tero Vornanen, PKKY, Ohjaamo 2.0 hanke Jatko-opiskelija, KM Fiia Söderholm Tutkimuksen kansainvälinen tutkimusryhmä/International research team Richard M. Lerner, professor, Tufts University, Medford, MA, USA, Director of Institute for Applied Re-search in Youth Development Jacqueline V. Lerner, Professor of Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology, Boston College Lynch School of Education Amy Reschly, Professor, University of Georgia, Department of Educational Psychology James Appleton, PhD, Executive Director, Office of Research and Evaluation at Gwinnett County Public Schools Daniel T.L. Shek, Professor, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Department of Applied Social Sciences Cecilia M.S. Ma, Assistant Professor, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Department of Applied Social Sciences


Time period

01.01.2017 - 31.12.2019

Group members - UEF