Social Inclusion Research Project (2021–2024)

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The Finnish Education Evaluation Centre is taking part to the broader research project, “Social Inclusion”. The research project will document the experiences of marginalization and bias of fifth graders and their teachers. Additionally, the survey aims to evaluate performance in math, reading, and social skills. As part of the broader research project, the researchers will evaluate workshops lead by Walter Ry that aim to provide students and teachers the tools required to combat marginalization, which take place in several schools included in the study. The research will be completed by researchers at Aalto University and Harvard University.

The Finnish Education Evaluation Centre will implement the survey-research for fifth graders and their teachers. The survey will be administered in partnership with the Centre for Learning Analytics at the University of Turku between the fall of 2021 and the spring of 2024. The first survey questionnaires will be arranged for September 2021. The same students and teachers will participate in a second round of the survey in the spring of 2022. Later surveys will be completed during the academic years of 2022–2023 and 2023–2024, again for fifth graders and their teachers.

Data gathered through the survey will be complemented by survey data gathered by teachers and registry data using the Finnish National Agency for Education’s KOSKI database, the application registry, as well as register data available from Statistics Finland. The register data will be used, among other things, in long-term follow-up research.

All data collected as part of the research will be handled responsibly and risks relating to data-privacy will be minimized. It will be impossible to identify any individuals or schools based on the results in the study.

The responsible leader of the research is Matti Sarvimäki, an assistant professor at Aalto University, and the project officer is the senior evaluation advisor Niina Nurkka at the Finnish Education Evaluation Centre.

More information:

Senior Evaluation Advisor Niina Nurkka
yhteenkuuluvuus@karvi.fi
+358 29 533 5573

Parent brochure (pdf)

Data privacy documentation for students and their guardians (pdf)

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