International and National Educational Research since 1968

The Internation Educational Research (IER) is a national, multidisciplinary centre of educational research. The research activities of the Institute promote learning and provide support to teachers, schools, and policy-makers engaged in educational development in our changing society.

The IER investigates the whole range of the education system from basic education up to higher education and adult learning, exploring also the relationships between education and the world of work. Also learning taking place outside the formal education system, like in working life and in various networks, belongs to our research targets.

The IER is specialised in large-scale international comparative studies, the best known of which is PISA. By the same token, the Institute also carries out national and regional studies to promote learning and the functioning of individual schools.

According to an image survey (2011), Finnish stakeholders especially appreciate the IER’s high academic and scientific standard, reliability, independence, topical relevance, and expertise. IER research activities involve broad-based networking with the national and international academic community.

Research at the IER has been organised into three main areas: