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

    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. P., Tirri, K. A. H. & 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

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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. Teologinen Aikakauskirja (Journal)

    Kirsi Tirri (Reviewer)
    4 Apr 20195 Apr 2019

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

  3. Journal of beliefs and values (Journal)

    Kirsi Tirri (Reviewer)
    2 Apr 20194 Apr 2019

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

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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

    Prize: Prizes and awards

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