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Redefining Adolescent Learning: A multi-level longitudinal cohort study of adolescent learning, health, and well-being in educational transitions in Finland (MetLoFIN)

Tampere University
Area of focusSociety

Despite the close interaction of the learning and health at learning outcomes and educational transitions, the fields have been largely studied separately and approaches have been different.

The main objective of this study has been to disclose the factors and processes affecting students’ learning, competence-building, health, and well-being from the end of primary education to the end of upper secondary education, and the role of these factors at different action levels: individual, class, school, and municipal policy.

The study deepens our understanding of these intertwined mechanisms, and through comparing students’ developmental paths in different schools and classes offer examples of school-level practices to help students’ successful transition from lower to upper secondary education.

A cohort of 12 000 students were followed from the beginning of lower secondary education to the end of the upper secondary school by surveys and registry data. The surveys were conducted in years 2011, 2014 ja 2016.

Research team

University of Helsinki: Centre for Educational Assessment: professor Risto Hotulainen

Tampere University: Faculty of Social Sciences, Unit of Health Sciences: professor Arja Rimpelä, university lecturer Pirjo Lindfors, project researcher Jaana Kinnunen and Faculty of Education: professor Mari-Pauliina Vainikainen

National Institute for Health and Welfare: Research professor Sakari Karvonen, chief specialist Timo Ståhl, specialist Vesa Saaristo

Contact persons

Children's and Adolescents' Health Promotion research group NEDIS