Finnish Institute for Educational Research

The Finnish Institute for Educational Research (FIER) 
is a multidisciplinary centre for educational research, assessment, and development, based at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Its vast research experience, wide-ranging fields of study, and multidisciplinary approach - together with a significant body of researchers and publication volume - make the FIER a nationally unique and an internationally significant unit of educational research.

The national task of the FIER includes investigating, assessing, and developing the Finnish educational system and school culture. Its research covers the entire educational system, from pre-school to higher education, and the links between vocational and academic education and working life. Co-operation with schools, educational administrators, workplaces, policy-makers, and the media is a key element in its operational strategy, which aims at increasing the effectiveness of research findings.


Growing international collaboration and researcher exchanges have characterised the activities of the FIER from its founding up until the present day. Today, the FIER has a network of contacts worldwide and collaborates with the leading research groups and institutions on every continent. The FIER collaborates extensively with the OECD, various EU Agencies and IEA.

Publications are an essential aspect of the FIER’s activities, research process, and research collaboration. During its existence, the FIER has published over a thousand books and serial publications. Current FIER publications comprise three scientific series, research-based books, the Finnish Journal of Education Kasvatus, and the Finnish Journal of University Pedagogy.