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Guidance research in Finland

The Finnish guidance counsellor training units (universities and universities of applied sciences) are involved in conducting guidance-related research on a wide range of topics and themes.

In the area of teaching and counselling, research and development at the HAAGA-HELIA School of Vocational Teacher Education focuses on dialogue-based counselling, personal counselling, peer counselling, online counselling as well as on the counselling practices of vocational schools and universities of applied sciences.

The Professional Teacher Education Unit at the HAMK University of Applied Sciences operates in several different R&D networks with teacher education colleges, universities of applied sciences, and HAMK Education and Research Centres. HAMK is involved, for example, in the Lever and Pull for work –project (2012 - 2014) which aims at developing career planning, employment and recruitment services for people with a higher education degree.

The Teacher Education College at the Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences is currently involved in several guidance-related research and development projects, such as Opin ovi project on adult education and guidance and Network for Innovation in Career Guidance & Counselling in Europe (NICE 2).

The University of Eastern Finland specializes in teacher education including special education and guidance. Selected examples of the university’s ongoing guidance research are: Adolescent's future orientation in family context; Hope and Frustration in Finnish School Counsellor's Work; Group counselling in encountering uncertainty and changes: Career counselling in supporting employability in transitions.

The research and development activities of the Guidance and Counselling Education and Research Unit (University of Jyväskylä) address multidisciplinary, lifelong and lifewide guidance; in particular, guidance in the transitional phases of life. Research focuses on guidance and counselling in higher education, guidance for adults in working life, and on multicultural counselling.

The Finnish Institute for Educational Research (FIER) at the University of Jyväskylä collects and conducts research to support evidence-based career guidance practice and policy development in Finland. Its current research focuses on the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and social media in guidance; Design, evaluation and implementation of regional and institutional career guidance services; Evaluation of the impact of guidance services; and Competences of the guidance practitioners. The Institute coordinates the European Lifelong Guidance Policy Network (ELGPN) which is a member state driven network established in 2007.