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Elina Kuusisto

University Lecturer, (kasvatustiede, moninaisuus ja inklusiivinen kasvatus)
Tampere University
phone number+358503182483
City Centre Campus

About me

Dr. Elina Kuusisto works as a University Lecturer in the domain of diversity and inclusive education at the Tampere University. She also holds a Title of Docent at the University of Helsinki. Her research interests include teacher ethics and school pedagogy. More particularly, through her studies she aims to enhance 1) civic purpose and purposeful teaching among students and teachers; 2) ethical sensitivity and moral education in schools; 3) talent development and growth mindset pedagogy to increase meaningful learning experiences of every student. 

Selected publications


Tirri, K., & Kuusisto, E. (2019). Opettajan ammattietiikkaa oppimassa [Learning teachers’ professional ethics]. Helsinki: Gaudeamus.

Gholami, K., Kuusisto, E., & Tirri, K. (2015). Is ethical sensitivity in teaching culturally bound? Comparing Finnish and Iranian teachers’ ethical sensitivity. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, 45 (6), 886-907. doi: 10.1080/03057925.2014.984588


Kuusisto, E., Gholami, K., & Tirri, K. (2016). Finnish and Iranian teachers’ views on their competence to teach purpose. Journal of Education for Teaching, 42 (5), 541-555. doi: 10.1080/02607476.2016.1226553

Kuusisto, E., Kuusisto, A., Rissanen, I., Holm, K., & Tirri, K. (2015). Finnish teachers’ and students’ intercultural sensitivity. Journal of Religious Education, 63 (29), 65–77. doi: 10.1007/s40839-016-0018-0

Rissanen, I., Kuusisto, E., & Kuusisto, A. (2016). Developing teachers’ intercultural sensitivity: Case study on a pilot course in Finnish teacher education. Teaching and Teacher Education 59, 446-456. doi: 10.1016/j.tate.2016.07.018

Rissanen, I., Kuusisto, E., Tuominen, M., & Tirri, K. (2019). In search of a growth mindset pedagogy: A case study of one teacher’s classroom practices in a Finnish elementary school. Teaching and Teacher Education, 77, 204-213. doi: 10.1016/j.tate.2018.10.002

Tirri, K., & Kuusisto, E. (2013). How Finland serves gifted and talented pupils. Journal for the Education of the Gifted, 36 (1), 84– 96. doi: 10.1177/0162353212468066