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Cognition & Inclusion

Tampere University of Applied Sciences
Duration of project1.9.2017–30.11.2020

The project objective is to promote the quality of life, inclusion and job opportunities of the target group which is adults with a learning disability.


"Cognition & Inclusion" addresses the adaptive and transversal skills necessary to become a successful participant in our society. Adults with a learning disability are often missing these skills. In general, training for this target group focuses on practical skills and not on problem solving skills. Programmes for training transversal skills are not known or not implemented successfully, the latter because trainers or social workers involved often are not really convinced that adults with learning disabilities are able to learn these skills.

“C&I” wants to reflect on successfully implemented cognitive models, disseminate these approaches, and contribute to optimal conditions for successful training at the level of professionals and organisations.

The intellectual outputs of this project are:
- A review of cognitive approaches and methodologies to improve five key transversal competences in our target group: problem solving, self-regulation, self-direction, flexibility and creative thinking.
- A tool to evaluate the mindset of professionals on intelligence and cognition, inclusion, quality of life and employment of the target group.
- A tool to evaluate the mindset of organisations as present in their policy and strategies to support the cognitive orientation of their professionals.
- A tool to evaluate the learner’s mindset and to what degree the cognitive methodologies result in a ‘growth’ mindset.

Funding source

Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership (SP)

Contact persons

Teemu Jokinen
teemu.jokinen [at]