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Adolescents’ transition from lower secondary school to upper secondary schools in the Helsinki Metropolitan Region: know-how, motivation and well-being

This project aims at ensuring educational equality, and its main object is to find out the factors on individual, school and municipal levels which predict adolescent’s successful progress and well-being during lower secondary school, successful transition to upper secondary studies, and fluent continuation of studies towards adulthood. More specific research subjects are learning to learn (know-how and learning attitudes), well-being (health, strengths and difficulties, social relations, health behavior), and their mutual interaction and their connection to successfully onward-going studies through lower secondary school and transition to upper secondary schools. Special attention will be paid to students whose school path goes off at the end of comprehensive school or right after the beginning of upper secondary studies.

As the basis for this study will be data gathered from the same students in two surveys, in the beginning of the 7th grade and at the end of 9th grade. The data includes information on adolescents’ know-how and learning abilities, motivation and well-being. The study population encompasses totally about 14 000 adolescents, of which nearly 10 000 adolescents have participated in the surveys conducted in 2011 and 2014.

Main research questions are:

  •     What explains different kinds of progress paths during lower secondary school?
  •     What factors have impact on who will apply for general upper secondary school, who for vocational upper secondary school, and who will not apply for any school?
  •     What factors will predict adolescent’s commitment to his/her upper secondary studies and the progress in them?
  •     Are they individual, school or municipal level factors that make adolescents to choose education organized by neighboring municipality and not the nearest one?


The study will be conducted by universities of Helsinki and Tampere in co-operation with National Institute for Health and Welfare.


Research team:

University of Helsinki: Centre for Educational Assessment, professor Jarkko Hautamäki, specialist Sirkku Kupiainen, project manager Mari-Pauliina Vainikainen ja assistant professor Risto Hotulainen.

University of Tampere: School of Health Sciences, professor Arja Rimpelä, university lecturer Pirjo Lindfors, researcher Jaana M. Kinnunen, research assistant Lasse Pere.

National Institute for Health and Welfare: Research professor Sakari Karvonen.


Same data will be used in Pirjo Lindfors’ project ”School cotextual factors, health and health behaviours among lower secondary school students".

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