Senior University Lecturer
Senior University Lecturer, Initial Education (K-2 Education)
Dr. Martti Siekkinen works as Senior University Lecturer at the School of Applied Educational Science and Teacher Education, University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu campus, Finland. His personal expertise and research focus mainly K-2 Education quality of teaching practices and children learning motivation and literacy learning in shcool and home contexts. The current project is 'First Steps Longitudinal Study'.
Philosophical Faculty, School of Applied Educational Science and Teacher Education
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Research groups and research projects
The First Steps study
The First Steps longitudinal study examines student learning, motivation, and problem behaviour in different interpersonal contexts, such as school, home and peer groups. It comprises a rich database of assessments of students’ reading and math performance, motivation and engagement, social skills, peer relations, as well as well-being. The follow-up started in 2006. Children have been studied from kindergarten until the end of comprehensive school in 2016. At the moment, the School Path -study is focusing on their educational decisions, dropping out of school, and well-being during secondary education (in vocational and upper secondary schools).
The population-based sample of children (born in 2000) from four municipalities involved more than 2,000 children from preschool to Grade 4, and approximately 1,800 children with their parents and teachers in in Grades 6, 7 and 9. After Grade 9, the sample also includes all classmates of these 2,000 earlier involved students. This means about 5,500 students altogether. This research has gained a lot of attention in Finland and abroad. Because of the large data and frequent data points, it is in many ways a unique study.
Hoang, Nhi; Holopainen, Leena; Siekkinen, Martti. 2018. Children's classroom engagement and disaffection in Vietnamese kindergartens Educational psychology 2019; 39 2: 254-270. 2018
Hoang, Nhi; Holopainen, Leena; Siekkinen, Martti. 2018. Classroom quality profiles and associations with children's classroom engagement in Vietnamese kindergartens Learning environments research 2019; 22 2: 193-208. 2018
Hoang, Nhi; Holopainen, Leena; Siekkinen, Martti. 2018. Quality of teacher-child interactions and its relations to children's classroom engagement and disaffection in Vietnamese kindergartens International journal of early years education 26 4: 387-402. 2018
Nurmi Jari-Erik, Silinskas Gintautas, Kiuru Noona, Pakarinen Eija, Turunen Tiina, Siekkinen Martti, Tolvanen Asko, Poikkeus Anna-Maija, Lerkkanen Marja-Kristiina. 2017. A child's psychological adjustment impacts teachers' instructional support and affective response. European Journal of Psychology of Education [First online 24 July 2017]: 1-20. 2017
Pakarinen E, Lerkkanen M-L, Poikkeus A-M, Rasku-Puttonen H, Eskelä-Haapanen S, Siekkinen M, Nurmi J-E. 2017. Associations among Teacher-Child Interactions, Teacher Curriculum Emphases, and Reading Skills in Grade 1. Early Education & Development 28 7: 858-879. 2017
Pakarinen Eija, Lerkkanen Marja-Kristiina, Poikkeus Anna-Maija, Salminen Jenni, Silinskas Gintautas, Siekkinen Martti, Nurmi Jan-Erik. 2017. Longitudinal associations between teacher-child interactions and academic skills in elementary school. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology 52: 191-202. 2017
Sikiö Riitta, Siekkinen Martti, Holopainen Leena, Silinskas Gintautas, Lerkkanen Marja-Kristiina, Nurmi Jari-Erik. 2017. Maternal Parenting Styles, Homework Help, and Children's Literacy Development in Language Minority and Finnish-Speaking Famili. European Journal of Psychology of Education 2018; 33 2: 235-250. 2017
Virtanen, T; Pakarinen, E; Siekkinen, M; Lerkkanen, M-L; Poikkeus, A-M; Nurmi, J-E. 2017. A Validation Study of Classroom Assessment Scoring System Secondary in the Finnish School Context Journal of Early Adolescence 2018; 38 6: 849-880. 2017
Lerkkanen Marja-Kristiina, Kiuru Noona, Pakarinen Eija, Poikkeus Anna-Maija, Rasku-Puttonen Helena, Siekkinen Martti, Nurmi Jari-Erik. 2016. Child-centered versus teacher-directed teaching practices:Associations with the development of academic skills in the firstgrade at school. Early Childhood Research Quarterly 36: 145-156. 2016
Siekkinen Martti. 2016. Teaching Practice: Children's Academic Motivation and Development in Early Years Education in Finland. In: Eronen Lasse, Zimmermann Bernd (ed.) Mathematics and education: Learning, technology, assessment. Festschrift in honour of Lenni Haapasalo. WTM, Verlag für wissenschaftliche Texte und Medien. Festschriften der Mathematikdidaktik 3. s. 117-131. 2016