Elina Kuusisto


    Research areas

  • 516 Educational sciences - School pedagogy, Moral education, Purpose in life, Teacher education, Talent development, Cross-cultural studies
  • 614 Theology - Religious education

Description of research and teaching

Dr. Elina Kuusisto holds a Title of Docent at the University of Helsinki. She works as an Associate Professor at the University of Humanistic Studies, Utrecht, the Netherlands and as a Senior Researcher at the University of Tallinn, Estonia. She serves as a Co-coordinator of EARLI SIG 19 Religious and Spiritual Education.

Currently she is studying school pedagogy, more particularly moral and religious education, teachers’ moral competence, purposeful teaching, and talent development. Her purpose in life is to support one’s search for purpose and meaning through research and teaching.




Latest publications

  1. Accepted/In press

    What is purpose in life among Finnish theology students?

    Tirri, K. A. H. & Kuusisto, E. P., 13 Apr 2019, (Accepted/In press) Understanding Religion. Riegel, U., Kalbheim, B. & Unser, A. (eds.). Waxmann, (Religious and Spiritual Education).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

  2. E-pub ahead of print

    How do student teachers reflect on their practice through practicum courses? A case study from Iran

    Azimi, E., Kuusisto, E., Tirri, K. & Hatami, J., 3 Apr 2019, In : Journal of Education for Teaching.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  3. E-pub ahead of print

    Mindsets and Failure: Neural Differences in Reactions to Mistakes among 2nd Grade Finnish Girls

    Puusepp, I., Tammi, T. L. S., Huotilainen, M. J., Kujala, T. M., Kuusisto, E. P., Laine, S. H. & Tirri, K. A. H., 3 Apr 2019, Behavioral Neuroscience. Palermo, S. (ed.). London: IntechOpen

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

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Latest activities

  1. AERA (American Educational Research Association) 2019 Annual Meeting

    Ita Puusepp (Speaker: Presenter), Tuisku Linnea Sofia Tammi (Speaker: Presenter), Minna Johanna Huotilainen (Speaker: Presenter), Teija Margit Kujala (Speaker: Presenter), Elina Päivikki Kuusisto (Speaker: Presenter), Sonja Hannele Laine (Speaker: Presenter), Kirsi Anne Helena Tirri (Speaker: Presenter)
    8 Apr 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

  2. Frontiers in Psychology (Journal)

    Elina Kuusisto (Reviewer)
    4 Feb 2019

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts

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Docent of Education

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