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. Voices in education: preparing and supporting teachers in times of disaster

    Tirri, K. A. H. 5 Feb 2018 In : Teacher Educator. 53, 1, p. 1-5 5 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  2. E-pub ahead of print

    Life goals of Finnish social services students

    Manninen, N., Kuusisto, E. & Tirri, K. 15 Jan 2018 In : Journal of Moral Education.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  3. Education for purposeful teaching around the world

    Tirri, K. A. H. (ed.), Moran, S. (ed.) & Mariano, J. (ed.) 13 Jan 2018 Routledge.

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Latest activities

  1. Elinikäinen oppiminen osaamisen ja innovaatioiden rakentajana

    Tirri, K. (Speaker)
    11 Dec 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

  2. Ethical challenges in inclusive education: the case of gifted students

    Tirri, K. (Speaker)
    17 Nov 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

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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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