Heta Tuominen-Soini

Heta Tuominen-Soini is a postdoctoral researcher based at the Institute of Behavioural Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland. She joined the PATHWAYS programme in December 2012. She has been involved in the Finnish Educational Transitions (FinEdu) Study (http://wiredminds.fi/projects/finedu/), led by Katariina Salmela-Aro, from its onset in 2003 up to 2015. Currently, she is also involved in the Mind the Gap -project (http://wiredminds.fi/projects/mind-the-gap/).

She has published papers in leading journals such as Developmental Psychology, Learning and Instruction, Contemporary Educational Psychology, and Learning and Individual Differences and presented her research at international conferences including the EARLI Conference for Research on Learning and Instruction, the International Conference on Motivation, the European Conference on Developmental Psychology, and the International SELF Research Conference. She has acted as a referee for the following scientific journals: Journal of Educational Psychology; Learning and Instruction; European Psychologist; Learning and Individual Differences; AERA Open;  Journal of Experimental Education; European Journal of Psychological Assessment; The Spanish Journal of Psychology; Anxiety, Stress, & Coping; and NMI-Bulletin. In addition, she is supervising doctoral students and students working on their Master’s theses. In 2013, she was awarded the doctoral dissertation awards of both the University of Helsinki and the Faculty of Behavioural Sciences and, in 2014, she was selected to be the Primus Doctor (the highest-ranking doctor) at the Conferment Ceremony of the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Helsinki.

Heta Tuominen-Soini is interested in exploring the relationships between student motivation and well-being. The findings of her dissertation demonstrated the importance of including measures of well-being when evaluating the role of achievement goal orientations in learning and achievement. Her present work will link the study of motivation with well-being and explore both during a phase of life that is full of age-graded developmental tasks, transitions, challenges, demands, and possibilities.

Heta Tuominen-Soini received a three-year Postdoctoral Researcher funding for her project “Will I learn? Will I succeed? Will I cope? Young people’s diverse motivational trajectories and their relations to educational paths and well-being” from the Academy of Finland’s Research Council for Culture and Society (256 259 euros, funding period: September 2015 – August 2018). This study will examine individual differences in and developmental trajectories of motivation among adolescents and young adults and their associations with socio-emotional well-being and long-term educational outcomes. The aim of the study is threefold: The first aim is to investigate the development of achievement goal orientation profiles during the transition from primary to secondary school and the transition from school to work as well as the adaptiveness of the profiles in terms of academic and well-being outcomes. The second aim is to examine how students’ subject-specific goal orientations, task values and costs combine, how these patterns fluctuate, and how they relate to academic achievement, educational aspirations, and well-being. The third aim is to explore how students, teachers, and actors in student welfare experience and describe students’ motivation, school engagement, and well-being in order to clarify which factors promote or hinder motivation and well-being. Three extensive longitudinal data sets (e.g., FinEdu and Mind the Gap), which cover all the major educational transitions of Finnish youth and the transition from school to work, will be used supplemented with interview data. Both variable- and person-centred analytical methods will be utilized. The benefit of person-centred method here is the potential to identify at-risk students. Both shorter-term and longer-term time-spans as well as within-system and across-transition designs will be included. Several theoretical frameworks will be applied, with the aim of getting a more profound grasp of the complex interactions among motivation, engagement, affect, and achievement and to better understand students’ motivation to learn. The understanding yielded will be important for developing student counselling and welfare services, and interventions to enhance young people’s motivation and well-being.

Hietajärvi, L., Tuominen-Soini, H., Hakkarainen, K., Salmela-Aro, K., & Lonka, K. (2015). Is student motivation related to socio-digital participation? A person-oriented approach. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, 171, 1156–1167.

Hietajärvi, L., Nuorteva, M., Tuominen-Soini, H., Hakkarainen, K., Salmela-Aro, K., & Lonka, K. (2014). Kuudesluokkalaisten nuorten sosiodigitaalinen osallistuminen, kiinnostuksen kohteet ja kouluhyvinvointi. [Sixth-graders’ socio-digital participation, interests and academic well-being]. Kasvatus [The Finnish Journal of Education], 45, 429–443.

Tuominen-Soini, H., & Salmela-Aro, K. (2014). Schoolwork engagement and burnout among Finnish high school students and young adults: Profiles, progressions, and educational outcomes. Developmental Psychology, 50, 649–662.

Niemivirta, M., Pulkka, A.-T., Tapola, A., & Tuominen-Soini, H. (2013). Tavoiteorientaatioprofiilit ja niiden yhteys tilannekohtaiseen motivaatioon ja päättelytehtävässä suoriutumiseen [Achievement goal orientation profiles and their relations to task-specific motivation and performance]. Kasvatus [The Finnish Journal of Education], 44, 533–547.

Tuominen-Soini, H. (2013). Opiskelumotivaation ja hyvinvoinnin yhteydet sekä kehitys nuoruudessa [The relations and development of student motivation and well-being during adolescence]. Kasvatus [The Finnish Journal of Education], 44, 555–561.

Tuominen-Soini, H., Salmela-Aro, K., & Niemivirta, M. (2012). Achievement goal orientations and academic well-being across the transition to upper secondary education. Learning and Individual Differences, 22, 290–305.

Book Chapters
Tuominen-Soini, H. (2014). Onko nuorella kaikki hyvin, jos koulussa menee hyvin? [Is a student who is performing well academically, doing well also emotionally?]. In L. Uusitalo-Malmivaara (Ed.), Positiivisen psykologian voima [The power of positive psychology] (pp. 243–263). Jyväskylä: PS-kustannus.

Salmela-Aro, K., & Tuominen-Soini, H. (2013). Koulu-uupumuksesta innostukseen? [From school burnout to school engagement?]. In J. Reivinen, & L. Vähäkylä (Eds.), Ketä kiinnostaa? Lasten ja nuorten hyvinvointi ja syrjäytyminen (pp. 242–254). Academy of Finland. Helsinki: Gaudeamus.

Tuominen-Soini, H., Viljaranta, J., & Salmela-Aro, K. (forthcoming). Young people’s diverse motivational pathways and their relations to educational aspirations and well-being in Finland: A person-oriented approach. In I. Schoon & R. K. Silbereisen (Eds.).  Pathways to Adulthood: Social inequalities, structure and agency and social change.

Tuominen-Soini, H., Salmela-Aro, K., & Niemivirta, M. (2015). Motivationaalisia polkuja matematiikan suoritukseen.In J. Välijärvi & P. Kupari (Eds.), Millä eväillä uuteen nousuun? PISA2012 tutkimustuloksia [The Finnish PISA2012 main report], 164–177. Opetus- ja kulttuuriministeriön julkaisuja 2015:6. Ministry of Education and Culture, Finland.

Travel grant for the 16th Biennial Conference of the European Association for Research in Learning and Instruction EARLI (Limassol, Cyprus, August 25-29, 2015), OKKA foundation, 900 €, awarded May, 28, 2015
Academy of Finland, Postdoctoral Researcher funding, September 2015 – August 2018

Primus Doctor (the highest-ranking doctor), The Conferment Ceremony of the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Helsinki, 22–24 May, 2014

Academy of Finland, April, 24, 2015: “Research Council for Culture and Society grants funding to new Academy Research Fellows and Postdoctoral Researchers”: http://www.aka.fi/en/about-us/media/press-releases/2015/kulttuurin-ja-yhteiskunnan-tutkimuksen-toimikunta-valitsi-uusia-akatemiatutkijoita-ja-tutkijatohtoreita

News concerning the Academy of Finland funding on the faculty’s website: http://www.helsinki.fi/behav/uutisarkisto/2015/uutinen-27-04-2015.htm

Interview, Yle Oppiminen, Näkökulmia positiiviseen psykologiaan, ”Mistä löytää motivaatio, jos opiskelu ei voisi vähempää kiinnostaa?”, http://oppiminen.yle.fi/psykologia-ihmissuhteet/nakokulmia-positiiviseen-psykologiaan/mista-loytaa-motivaatio-opiskelu-ei-voisi-vahempaa

Interview, Lapsemme, Mannerheimin Lastensuojeluliiton jäsenlehti 3/2014, pp. 8–12 (both in print and online), ”Pitäisikö pojista huolestua?”, http://www.mll.fi/julkaisut/lapsemme-lehti/

Interview, Yliopisto-lehti (Helsinki University) 3/2013, magazine (both in print and online), “Opi opin vuoksi”, http://yliopisto-lehti.helsinki.fi/?article=7