The People of CRESST

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Heidi Harju-Luukkainen

Visiting Scholar


Heidi Harju-Luukkainen, PhD, holds a qualification in management and a special education teacher qualification from Finland. She also holds a title of docent in student assessment from the University of Jyväskylä. Her research interests are in international student assessments and justice in education. Dr. Harju-Luukkainen has been working in several universities in the Nordic countries and has been involved in developing Swedish early childhood education program to the University of Helsinki among others. She has conducted international research around Europe and Saudi Arabia in some 20 different research and developmental projects and she has published more than 80 articles, reports and books. Dr. Harju-Luukkainen has been working with Ministry of Education in Finland (designing the future Finnish primary and secondary education), assessing education nationally as well as working as a principal investigator in the Finnish PISA-team during PISA 2009 and 2012. She has also functioned as a president for the Finnish Parent’s Association Hem och skola (NGO) during 2014-2016. Dr. Harju-Luukkainen is also a founder of Research solutions Inc. and she is a board professional. Currently Dr. Harju-Luukkainen is a visiting scholar at CRESST, UCLA