Projects

Current Projects

ETIS Project team Duration

Horizon 2020 project Scaling Up Educational Innovations in Schools

The project Scaling Up Educational Innovation in Schools (SEIS) will significantly strengthen educational innovation research not only in Estonia, but in the Baltic states and in wider Europe by taking educational research and innovation to the next level. The project will present new perspectives on educational research by turning traditional "knowledge transfer" approaches into research- and technology-driven societal innovations (research-to-innovation-to-practice knowledge transfer), establishing an international virtual Research Lab on educational innovations, facilitating the inclusion and capacity building of the new actors in the field and encouraging exchange of knowledge and experiences among stakeholders and top research groups in the field. 

TKA19154 Terje Väljataga
Kairit Tammets
Timo Tobias Ley
2020–2022

Understanding the concept of student agency among Estonian and Russian speaking students: What is the experience and attitude of students towards agency in upper secondary schools in Estonia? 

This research project was developed out of the need to understand better the cultural differences in practices and attitudes towards student agency as perceived by students in Estonian and Russian language upper secondary schools in Estonia. The research follows a mixed methods approach where in the first stage, qualitative focus group interviews are conducted with students in Form 10. Using the qualitative data as an input for the second stage, a quantitative survey is administered in both types of schools. The results would help to design pedagogical interventions and teacher trainings to promote student agency. 

PUTJD1031 Maria Erss 2021–2023

Vocational education and workplace training enhancing social inclusion of at-risk young people

The main research goal is to investigate, how can vocational education and training (VET) enhance social inclusion of young people at-risk, both in terms of combating school drop-out and promoting transitions between various (social) learning contexts, such as school-work transition. 

TAU20189 Meril Ümarik
Krista Loogma
Terje Väljataga
2021–2023

Inclusive and Innovative Pedagogies for Educators

Inclusive and Innovative Pedagogies for Educators aims to close the gap between policy and practice. We firmly believe that “the quality of an educational system depends upon the quality of its teachers” (Teaching in Focus Brief 2, OECD, 2012) and so educators are at the heart of our work. Our suite of training resources will provide educators with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to create genuinely engaging learning experiences for students, in three key areas: diversity and inclusion, innovation for 21st century skills and digital technology.

TKA20197 Meidi Sirk
Meril Ümarik
Reeli Liivik
Sirje Rekkor
2020–2022

Developing and enhanching the teaching quality of inclusive education curriculum

The aim of the project is to equip both acting and future teachers with knowledge, skills and competencies necessary to promote inclusiveness and decrease segregation of SEN students. The objective is to enhance inclusive education and promote the development, testing and implementation of innovative practices in the field of teacher training in inclusive education. The project will help to identify and address the causes that prevent teachers from supporting SEN pupils´ integration into regular classrooms and implementing the principles of inclusive education, as well as to strengthen the competencies and capacity of the Estonian universities in this field.

TÕA19009 Triin Ulla
Katrin Poom-Valickis
Tiia Õun
Piret Soodla
Tiiu Tammemäe
Lii Lilleoja
Ene Varik-Maasik
Eliis Ait
2019–2023

Social inclusion through pupils' participation

The purpose of the project is to allow teachers to explore and develop professional work based on pupils' perspectives and experiences on social inclusion to firstly deepen professional knowledge and competence on best practices and collegial international exchange, secondly to create didactical and educational material and thirdly to evaluate strategies where teachers and researchers in cooperation develop learning opportunities that support pupils' social belonging and agency which then can be shared in the professional community.

TKA20172 Mari-Liis Lind
Tiiu Tammemäe
Rain Mikser
Mailis Ostra
2020–2023

International Civic and Citizenship Study 

The purpose of the International Civic and Citizenship Education Study (ICCS) is to investigate the ways in which young people are prepared to undertake their roles as citizens in a wide range of countries. 

TRU19056 Meril Ümarik
Tõnu Idnurm
Lianne Teder
Tanja Dibou
Karolin Mäe
Maarja Tinn
2019–2020

Competence tests for first and second grade students (II phase)

Prototype assessment instruments for first grade students' language, math and learning competences, and second grade students' language and math competences are developed, II phase.

TKA21038A Piret Soodla
Eve Kikas
Mairi Männamaa
2021

Comparative Study of Learning Systems – Research Protocols 

The case studies will investigate key issues and dilemmas confronted by each jurisdiction in designing their systems, how they resolved these, and to what degree they think these resolutions are successful, or not, for now and in the future. 

TRU19184A

Eve Eisenschmidt
Kätlin Vanari
Mati Heidmets

2019–2020

Towards a quality oriented system of initial teacher education to increase teacher professionalism in Kosovo

The project aims at enhancing quality of design and delivery of initial teacher education (ITE) towards increasing the professionalism bar for teaching profession in Kosovo through the implementation of European-inspired quality assurance mechanism that produce teacher professionalism aspired by teaching profession in Kosovo. 

TKA20017 Eve Eisenschmidt
Kätlin Vanari
Mikk Kasesalk
Katrin Poom-Valickis
2020–2023

Strategic partnership for developing primary teacher education through school-based research 

The strategic partnership aims to support the advancement of ethical and inquiring primary teacher education by developing joint curriculum activities, and through the professional development of academic staff and future teachers. Two main areas that the inquiring approach would relate to in this project are: subject-integrative/phenomenon-based approaches in primary teacher education and learning in open settings. 

TÕA19135 Inge Timoštšuk
Anne Uusen
Helene Uppin
Anne-Mai Näkk
Mari-Liis Lind
Tähti Siinmaa
2019–2022

Teaching and Learning in Heterogenous Classes 

The goal of the strategic partnership is to develop and publish teaching materials related to the overall topic “Teaching and Learning in Heterogenous Classes“ by Finnish, Estonian and German teacher trainers, teachers and teacher trainees/candidates.

TÕA19145 Krista Loogma
Meidi Sirk
Reeli Liivik
Sirje Rekkor
2019–2021

Preparation of development program for school teams to support student mental health promotion in schools 

The purpose of the project is to prepare a methodology and action plan for the development program for the school team, which:
- understands how and why learners' mental health problems arise, what risk and protection factors can be prevented or reduced by influencing them, and what preventive measures to use and how to implement them;
- devise an action plan for collaboration with the whole teaching staff, starting with needs assessment and goal setting and moving towards sustainable implementation and evaluation of evidence-based prevention. 

TKA21031A Eve Eisenschmidt
Kätlin Vanari
Berit Silvia Kondratjev
Ott Oja
2021

"Entrepreneurial School" Development Programme Methodology and Consulting Activities 

Entrepreneurial School" Development Programme Methodology and Consulting Activities 

TKA21015A Kätlin Vanari
Eve Eisenschmidt
Piret Oppi
Berit Silvia Kondratjev
Jüri Käosaar
Marika Kutškova
2021

Improving the System of Professional Development of Teachers and School Leaders in Estonia

The purpose is to improve the system of teacher and school leader education in Estonia focusing on what kind of professional development would help to improve the quality of teaching and learning.

TKA20214A Grete Arro
Kati Aus
Kätlin Vanari
Eve Eisenschmidt
2020–2021

Training program for vice-principals

The overall goal of the program is to develop the managerial competencies of the vice-principals who can then see a broader picture of the direction of education and can position themselves as the substantive leaders and potential creators of learning.

TKA20035A

Eve Eisenschmidt
Kätlin Vanari
Reet Sillavee
Tiiu Tammemäe
Kati Aus
Kaire Kollom

2020–2021

Integrated leadership in school practice

The project aims to explore ‘integrated leadership’ and to stimulate school teams to realise more integrated leadership within their school

TKA19149 Katrin Poom-Valickis
Eve Eisenschmidt
Kätlin Vanari
Berit Silvia Kondratjev
Jüri Käosaar
2019–2022

Distance learning study: Lecturers’ and students’ coping with emergency distance learning in Tallinn University 

The study aimed to analyze the coping of Tallinn University (TLU) in the conditions of distance learning and to map the bottlenecks in order to be better prepared to carry out the learning process in similar situations in the future. 
To map the TLU lecturers’ and students’ experiences of distance learning during COVID-19 crisis a written survey was carried out. In addition, interviews with lecturers with different previous e-learning experience and a representative of the e-learning centre were conducted.  Learning analytics from the most used e-learning environments in TLU were also collected.

TA/4120 Katrin Poom-Valickis
Kairit Tammets
Kati Aus
Tiina Anspal
2020–2021

The assessments and experience of the teachers and parents of the pre-school childcare institutions in coping with the emergency situation caused by COVID -19

The aim is to find out the early childhood teachers’ experiences in carrying out the schooling and education in emergency situation and to analyse the teachers’ utilisation of the means of information technology in children’s distance learning. In the course of the project the  co-operation of the parents and employees of the childcare institutions is described and Estonian, German, Finnish and Icelandic study findings are compared. The results of the research will enable us to work out further suggestions and proposals in planning the schooling and education and ensuring the child-centred education in pre-school institutions. 

TA/5320 Aino Ugaste
Maire Tuul
Kaire Kollom
Kerstin Kööp
Silvi Suur
Evelyn Neudorf
2020–2021

Upgrading pre- and in-service teachers’ digital skills with online STEAM hands-on training modules

The proposal seeks to provide the appropriate background for the improvement of the penetration of technology-based methods and activities into mainstream education through upscaling pre- and in-service teachers’ digital skills through modules in higher education courses.

TKA20199 Janika Leoste
Külli Kori
Maria Erss
Tobias Ley
Maire Tuul
Tiiu Tammemäe
Elyna Heinmäe
2020–2023

A Framework for Efficient and Engaging Hybrid Education in Lower-secondary Schools

The FreeEd project defines a framework for hybrid education (combining learning in school with distance learning), including best practices in the project countries (most of them
European "pioneers" in education technology integration such as AT, EE and FI), to help lower secondary schools, specifically teachers, face the challenges presented by the current sudden shift from classroom-based education to online, distance and hybrid learning. 

TKA21023 Janika Leoste
Larissa Jõgi
Mihkel Kangur
2021–2023

Carrying out a co-creation program for educational technological innovation 

Carrying out an educational technology innovation co-creation program and related activities, including additional consulting services, aimed at accelerating 6 teams to create educational technology innovation in cooperation with Startup Estonia, the Education and Youth Board (Harno) and Tallinn University (TLU). 

TKA21047A Janika Leoste
Kairit Tammets
Meril Ümarik
Pirgit Sillaots
Elyna Heinmäe
Linda Helene Sillat
Katrin Männik
2021

Advising on data collection from ALPA Kids digital learning games for the preparation of a prototype of a personalized learning path, first stage 

Advising on data collection from ALPA Kids digital learning games for the preparation of a prototype of a personalized learning path, first stage.

TKA21032A Janika Leoste
Aino Ugaste
Tiia Õun
Maire Tuul
Elyna Heinmäe
2021

Development of a portfolio of interdisciplinary business education services for the EDUSPACE research laboratory

The rapidly changing needs of the education and industry sectors have led to a situation where companies offering innovative technological equipment need to focus more on training their customers. The aim of this project is to continue the development of the EDUSPACE research laboratory's portfolio of educational services for entrepreneurs. As expected, a new service will be added to the EDUSPACE research laboratory's service portfolio for entrepreneurs: advising technology companies on creating trainings and co-creating a training prototype. 

TF6920 Janika Leoste
Meidi Sirk
Larissa Jõgi
Jaagup Kippar
Tõnu Viik
2021

My future colleague robot

By 2021, the TU EDUSPACE laboratory will have the capacity to offer internships introducing the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to students studying in non-ICT curricula. Behavioral models are created for simple AI robots to help understand the application of this type of robot in the classroom.

To summarize the project, with the support of the IT Academy, a vision booklet was prepared on what role robots will (or could) play in future education. The project provided input for the next research project “ÕPPESTECH-METH Learning and Teaching at the University. Integrating new technologies and methods in university studies ”.

TÕA20075

Janika Leoste
Tõnu Viik
Luis Pastor
Indrek Grauberg
Larissa Jõgi
Mart Susi
Maire Tuul
Mihkel Kangur
Tiiu Tammemäe
Meidi Sirk
Liina Keevallik
Aleksandra Ljalikova
Veiko Vunder
Jaagup Kippar
Farshad Farahnakian
Yoan Mollard
Renno Raudmäe
Mari-Liis Lind
Henri Tammo
Kristian Paekivi

2020–2021

Relationship between students' interdisciplinary knowledge and career awareness in science

The aim of this research project is to develop pedagogically grounded instruments for measuring problem-solving and decision-making skills in the context of science-based and career-oriented learning. The goal is to improve the Cmap methodology for using in the learning process and for assessment.

TA/1021 Rain Mikser
Katrin Soika
2021–2022

Developing Competencies of Teachers to integrate Climate Literacy Education in European Schools

The project aims at enhancing teachers' profiles to coach students effectively in European Secondary schools to raise the level of climate literacy by developing:
-Educational Content for Climate Literacy
-Open Online Course to allow teachers to promote climate literacy at schools
-Online Teacher Community including activities developed to assist them to bring the topic of climate change into their classrooms. 

TKA20198 Grete Arro
Liisa Puusepp
Mihkel Kangur
2020–2022

Building a European Zero Waste Academy 

Our overall aim is to create a European Zero Waste Academy with two main objectives:
- To create a strong curricula for advancing the zero waste cities movement in Europe
- To kick-start a European network of zero waste trainers to implement this framework in their local communities and increase the scale and impact of our work 

TKA20150 Grete Arro
Liisa Puusepp
Mihkel Kangur
2020–2022

Starting an interdisciplinary research group for developing non-formal sustainability education and conducting a pilot study 

Starting an interdisciplinary research group for developing non-formal sustainability education and conducting a pilot study. Wider goal of the Project is to create the task force for studying and developing the environmental education in Estonia.

TF1119

Grete Arro
Jaanus Terasmaa
Arko Olesk
Triinu Jesmin
Terje Väljataga
Elina Malleus-Kotšegarov
Esta Kaal
Mihkel Kangur
Liisa Puusepp
Priit Tammets

2019–2020

Educational changes in Estonia and their reflection in the experienced teachers' life histories: a developmental analysis from the late Soviet period until today

The project aims at completing a monograph on the successive educational changes in Estonia throughout the last decades of the late Soviet period unitl the early 2020s. The primary sources of analysis are the written documents - scientific, legislative and popular - from the period under discussion and the life history interviews with teachers whose teaching career expands over most of the period. The monograph, intended to be published in Estonian, can be used both for research as well as teaching purposes in the field of educational studies and beyond.

TA/821 Rain Mikser 2021–2022

Supporting primary students´ learning engagement by phenomenon-based and subject integrative teaching in authentic learning environments

The project is based on the general goal of education to develop a learner-centred and inclusive education system based on common values, which offers learning paths that support society's needs. The project activities focus on how the learning experiences in different environments and the integration of learning content are related to primary students' learning engagement.

TR/921 Inge Timoštšuk 2021–2023

Development and training of the national defense education module 2021/2022

Preparation and implementation of the national defense education module in the academic year 2021/2022, which includes the development of the national defense education curriculum and the training of national defense teachers at Tallinn University.

TÕA21039A Meidi Sirk 2021–2022

Completed projects

Completed projects

ETIS Project team

Duration

Horizon 2020 project Cross-Border Educational Innovation thru Technology-Enhanced Research

The Lifelong Learning Strategy for Estonia envisions digital turn in formal and informal education, order to change the learning paradigm towards more self-directed, creative and collaborative learning. One-to-one computing, digital learning resources, semantic web tools, linked data applications and interoperable cloud computing services will be used to build and evaluate tailored educational opportunities for every learner. This will maximize each student’s self-actualization aspirations and role in the tomorrow’s society and adaptation of educational institutions in Estonia along the expectations of rapidly changing job market and European education space.

TAU15034

Tobias Ley
Katrin Poom-Valickis
Terje Väljataga
Mart Laanpere
Maria Jesus Rodríguez-Triana
Luis Pablo Prieto Santos
Paul Seitlinger
Katrin Niglas
Õnne Uus
Janika Leoste
Maarja Hallik
Tanel Toova
Pjotr Savitski
Gerti Pishtari
Anu Tammeleht
Kati Aus
Kairit Tammets

2015–2020

Teachers' professionality and professionalism in changing context 

Project aims to scrutinize how global changes and policy transformations and teachers’ life histories have affected teachers’ professionalism and professionality in Estonia. As such the project has a great potential for producing knowledge that has important practical implications allowing increasing policy take-up and maximization of teacher motivation and commitment, but also considerable international interest as relevant data from former communist countries is not available from previous studies.

IUT18-2

Ivor Goodson
Rain Mikser
Krista Loogma
Aino Ugaste
Tiia Õun
Marika Veisson
Katrin Niglas
Meril Ümarik
Meidi Sirk
Reeli Liivik
Inge Timoštšuk
Maire Tuul 

2014–2019

Professional Teacher of Estonian Language in Russian Speaking Group

The aim of the project is to develop and conduct trainings for kindergarten and basic school teachers, to create and carry out pilot studies of activities, to develop competences in early language learning and multilingualism.

TRU20124 Tiia Õun
Maire Tuul
Kerstin Kööp
Külli Rauk
Reili Argus
Ene Hiiepuu
Evelyn Neudorf
2020

Professional Teacher of Estonian Language in Russian Speaking Group 

The main goal of the project is to contribute to the implementation of the national curriculum of preschool child care institutions through support for teachers of Estonian as a second language in pre-primary institutions. The project includes teacher training and research.

TRU19125 Tiia Õun
Aino Ugaste
Tiiu Tammemäe
Lii Lilleoja
Maire Tuul
Silvi Suur
2019

International Early Learning (for Child Well-being) Study 2016-2019 

The aim is to study, describe and analyse the impact of early childhood education on the development of children's (including children with special needs and different native languages) learning skills. The subaims of the pilot research are to study children's development and learning (incl. social, emotional and cognitive skills); correlations between child's participation in preschool childcare institution activities and acquiring early childhood education; the impact of individuality, home and preschool related aspects on the development of child’s social, emotional and cognitive skills. 

TAU17008 Tiia Õun
Tiiu Tammemäe
Maire Tuul
Lii Lilleoja
2016–2020

OECD International Early Learning (for Child Well-being) Study 

The aim of the project is to contribute to the implementation of the OECD International Early Learning (for Child Well-being), including translating the results of the main survey of 5-6 years old children into Estonian and Russian, coding and participating in the preparation of the Estonian national report.

TKA19124 Piret Soodla
Tiiu Tammemäe
Maire Tuul
Tiia Õun
2019

Developing the prototype of a pre-school assessment tool 

The aim of the project is to develop a prototype of the pre-school tool based on the concept. The prototype is a model of an assessment tool that contains, for each area, information that is evaluated in the context of that skill, and suggestions for types of tasks to assess and also contains sample tasks. 

TRU19182A Tiiu Tammemäe 2019

Competence tests for first and second grade students 

Prototype assessment instruments for first grade students' language, math and learning competences, and second grade students' language and math competences are developed.

TKA20071A Piret Soodla
Eve Kikas
Mairi Männamaa
2020

Expert assessment and analysis of improving the standard of an Entrepreneurial School

To prepare and conduct improvement expert assessment and analysis of Entrepreneurial School standard. 

TKA20112A Eve Eisenschmidt
Kätlin Vanari
Marika Kutškova
2020

Combining research competencies and developing overall competence in the fields of school culture and school management

The aim of the project is to tie together research activities carried out in the university and actual school development projects as well as to combine research competencies in the fields of school management and school culture in the realm of educational management in Tallinn University. The project serves as input to the sub-activities of the ERA-Chair’s field of educational innovation. The purpose of the project is to chart the dominant management styles of school leaders and to analyse the willingness of school leaders to implement educational innovations and support the professional development and learning (incl the development of ICT competencies) of their teaching staff. 

TF5716

Katrin Poom-Valickis
Eve Eisenschmidt
Mati Heidmets
Kati Aus

2017–2019

Preparation and implementation of the study for modified national curriculum 

Recommendations how to formulate the concept of monitoring and studying the implementation of the modified national curriculum.

TKA19183 Kätlin Vanari
Kati Aus
2019

Experiential learning in an open environment

An overview of activities supporting active learning in open learning environments and their management will be prepared. The overview includes theoretical analysis and practical solutions that are developed in a case study format. 

TKA19096A Inge Timoštšuk
Helene Uppin
Anne-Mai Näkk
2019–2020

Competencies and training needs of Estonian adult educators in training taking place in the digital environment

The results fo the study include: the competences of Estonian adult educators and performance indicators in conducting trainings in a digital environment have been identified; a comprehensive understanding of the adult educators training needs based on the national qualification standard and DigCompEdu digital competence model; awareness and expectations of training institutions and trainers for EPALE as a professional development environment. 

TRU20084A Katrin Karu
Linda Helene Sillat
Esta Kaal
Sigrid Aruväli
2020

Creating Youth Workers - The Formal Education Edition

The wider aim of the project is to improve the access of young people to high quality youth work services in Europe. The opportunities with curriculums for studying youth work in Estonia, Ireland, Wales and Macedonia will be analyzed, and guidelines for innovative cross-sectoral approach in developing competency based formal education opportunity for youth workers will be proposed. 

TRU19205 Lianne Teder
Tanja Dibou
2019–2020

Researcher Identity Development: Strengthening Science in Society Strategies 

The aim of the project is to reconceptualize the role of Early Career Researchers (ECRs) in order to enable them to successfully face current societal challenges and establish satisfactory careers and to enhance the development of ECRs’ identities and careers through training.

TRU17140 Erika Löfström
Anu Tammeleht
2017–2020

The practices, efficiency, and challenges of technology-supported distance learning in Estonian comprehensive schools 

The study aims to map arrangement, efficiency and challenges of distance learning that was taking place in Estonian comprehensive schools during spring semester in 2020. The study focuses on aspects of regulation of teaching (including collaboration between teachers, learners and parents), the role of technology in distance learning, teaching strategies (including those for supporting students' self-regulation skills), as well as on well-being and motivation of the concerned parties. 

TA/4020 Piret Soodla
Kairit Tammets
Eve Eisenschmidt
Timo Tobias Ley
Terje Väljataga
Mart Laanpere
Elina Malleus-Kotšegarov
Mari-Liis Kaldoja
2020

Learning robot Bee-Bot possibilities in developing the social skills of children with autism spectrum disorders

The study is conducted in 5-year-old children with autism spectrum disorders who have difficulty communicating socially and verbally and non-verbally. The aim of the study is to find out how the involvement of a robot in teaching contributes to the development of social relations.

TA/5620 Tiiu Tammemäe
Janika Leoste
Getter Eskla
2020–2021

Digital Learning Resources STEAM K12

Provide students of teacher education field with different STEAM skills for enhancing subjects with technology: robotics, sensors, virtual and augmented realities, electronics, and statistics. Students learn to use these tools for applying modern teaching methods and influencing learning outcome.

TRU20003 Janika Leoste
Mihkel Kangur
Mari-Liis Lind
Maire Tuul
Külli Kori
Tiia Õun
Kätlin Vanari
Grete Arro
Inge Timoštšuk
Kadri Mettis
Elyna Nevski
2020

Computational Thinking and Control Technology with Rugged Robot Using Rugged Robot Across the Curriculum

Translating the manual “Computational Thinking and Control Technology with Rugged Robot Using Rugged Robot Across the Curriculum“ and adapting it to the Estonian pre-school curriculum. 

TÕA20178A Janika Leoste
Maire Tuul
2020

Development of a EDUSPACE educational service prototype

The goal of this project is to create a prototype of an educational service that facilitates introducing Estonian nature to the students of early childhood and primary education. 

TA/5120

Janika Leoste
Maire Tuul
Tiia Õun

 

2020

Creation of interactive math exercises, following modern teaching practices, for Robomath digital open learning recources, for the grades 3 and 6 

The goal of the project is developing the Robomath method's digital learning depository and publishing it in eKoolikott environment, open to all Estonian teachers. The project is supporting the third iteration of the doctoral study, focusing on developing model's different implementation models and on ensuring sustainability. For the development of digital learning depository following tools, created by Tallinn University's Centre of Educational Excellence: the Drupal environment, and a solution that collects learning analytics data and is based on H5P interactive exercise templates.

TF1719

Janika Leoste
Anastassia Skiperskaja

2019