Kirsi Tirri


Description of research and teaching


Dr. Kirsi Tirri is a Full Professor of Education and a Research Director at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies and the Department of Education at the University of Helsinki. She is also a Visiting Professor at St. John’s University, New York, USA. Tirri has been the President of ECHA (European Council for High Ability) for the years 2008-2012, the President of the SIG International Studies at AERA (American Educational Research Association) for the years 2010-2013 and the President of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters for the years 2016-2017.

Her research interests include school pedagogy, moral and religious education, talent development and gifted education, teacher education and cross-cultural studies. She has published 12 monographs and numerous journal articles related to these fields. She serves in 13 Editorial Boards of educational journals. She has supervised 22 doctoral dissertations in education and theology and mentored many postdoctoral students who are now professors and researchers in education. She leads the school pedagogy research group at the Faculty of Educational Sciences. She has led the Finnish team in many national and international research projects. 


Latest publications

  1. Accepted/In press

    Ethical sensitivity in teaching and teacher education

    Tirri, K. A. H., 25 Feb 2019, (Accepted/In press) Encyclopedia of Teacher Education. Peters, M. A. (ed.). Springer Science+Business Media, (Springer Nature).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia / dictionaryScientificpeer-review

  2. Finnish social services students' perceptions of purpose and helping unknown others

    Manninen, N. H., Kuusisto, E. P. & Tirri, K. A. H., 22 Feb 2019, In : International Journal of Social Pedagogy. 8, 1, p. 1-13 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  3. Accepted/In press

    Den seneste udvikling i Finland i forbindelse med undervisning for højt begavede

    Tirri, K. A. H., 15 Jan 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Kognition & Pædagogik. 29, 111

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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Latest activities

  1. The Purposeful Teacher

    Kirsi Tirri (Speaker)
    18 Mar 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

  2. Talent Development in Academia

    Kirsi Tirri (Speaker)
    11 Dec 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

  3. Creativity in Art and Science: Genius, Collaborative Processes and Networks

    Kirsi Tirri (Attendee)
    10 Dec 201811 Dec 2018

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

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Latest prizes

  1. Excellent Leadership Award

    Kirsi Tirri (Recipient), 19 Apr 2015

    Prize: Prizes and awards

  2. Talent Network Award

    Kirsi Tirri (Recipient), 10 May 2014

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