The PGL research group investigates factors related to professional and vocational expertise in various types of learning environments. The research aims to enhance prospects for the development of expertise and lifelong professional growth.


In our research, learning environments are considered from a broad perspective, both physical and virtual, including environments that are closed (formal, e.g., curriculum-based education in institutions), open (non-formal and informal, e.g., workplaces, social media), and take hybrid forms (e.g., apprenticeships).

The research is based on the socio-constructivist theory of learning, where communities and factors related to the regulation of learning are strongly connected to the development of expertise. The research topics include such themes as vocational and professional expertise, regulation of learning, guidance, active learning methods, engineering pedagogy, emotions and learning, workplaces as learning environments, development of expertise and digitalization, and intercultural competence. The research groups apply qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods to investigate professional growth and learning.


The research aims to enhance prospects for continuing learning and wellbeing at individual, group, and organisational level.


The PGL research group collaborates with other educational institutions and working life. Our key partners are e.g., the University of Helsinki, University of Turku, University of Jyväskylä, LUT University, University of Oxford, Chubu University, Tampere Vocational College Tredu, Tampere Adult Education Centre TAKK, JAMK University of Applied Sciences and Häme University of Applied Sciences.

We also operate in other networks such as ITEEA (International Technology and Engineering Educators Association), WMEA (World Maker Education Alliance), and PATT (Pupils Attitudes Towards Technology).