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Heta  Tuominen

Heta Tuominen

Academy Research Fellow

PhD, Docent of Education (UEF), Docent of Educational Psychology (UH)

School of Applied Educational Science and Teacher Education, Philosophical Faculty | +358 50 413 4954


My research links the study of motivation with well-being and explores both among children and young people. I started working at the University of Eastern Finland in September 2022. In my Academy Research Fellow project (2022–2027), the main objective is to examine the developmental and situational dynamics between students’ motivation, perfectionism, and academic well-being across upper secondary education, and to consider the role of student welfare in supporting students’ learning and well-being.


Educational psychology; research on motivation, learning, and well-being; quantitative research methods; PhD theses supervision; Master’s theses supervision


I am the editor-in-chief of The Finnish Journal of Education and the coordinator of the Educational Psychology and Learning Research Special Interest Group of the Finnish Educational Research Association.

Research communities

Motivation, Learning, and Well-Being -Research Collective (MoLeWe)

MoLeWe-logoThe MoLeWe collective represents a group of researchers from the University of Eastern Finland (UEF), University of Helsinki (UH), University of Oulu (UO), Åbo Akademi University (ÅAU), University of Turku (UTU), and National Defence University (NDU) collaborating in the fields of education and educational psychology. The MoLeWe site serves as our joint home base where you can find information on our research, including PhD projects, as well as our experiences in the academia. We will share our stories and thoughts in a blog, both in English and in Finnish.

Learning, Everyday Life and Work in a Digitalized Society (DIGS)

Our multidisciplinary research community, Learning, Everyday Life and Work in a Digitalized Society (DIGS), involves researchers and research groups from the Philosophical Faculty, the Faculty of Science, Forestry and Technology and the Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies. Our research covers learning pathways through the whole life span, and focuses on the special nature of learning and its support in the highly digitalized world. We explore the new learning opportunities and possibilities offered by the digitalized society, as well as the learning requirements and expectations set by digitalization.


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