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'.

Contact info


Philosophical Faculty, School of Applied Educational Science and Teacher Education



+358 50 442 3505


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.