UNESCO Education UIL

University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Department of Education / Special Education

The Jyväskylä Department of Special Education, established in 1948, is currently the leading university department in its field in Finland. It concentrates on education of special teachers and experts in special education as well as on research and researcher education. Several research projects are underway. The approaches and methods of research vary, and all phases of the life-cycle from early childhood to old age are represented. Due to the wide scope and applicability of special educational research it is closely connected with several other disciplines, such as education, adult education, psychology, sociology, social policy, etc. The Department maintains international connections with European countries and has arranged for development co-operation
programmes in various African countries. The Department is keen to share ideas and resources with international partners in the Network of Networks, although most of its documentation and information resources are kept outside the Department in the central university library.

Areas of Specialization:

Adult education, Education, Special needs education

User Profile:

Students; researchers

Contact Information


Rautpohjankatu 8
40014 Jyväskylä

Mailing Address:
P O Box 35
40014 Jyväskylä

(+358–14) 2601620
(+358–14) 2602621
Contact person:
Irma Kakkuri

Basic Institutional Data:

Founded in:
Anja-Riitta Lehtinen
Countries Served:
Finland, Estonia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Hungary, Montenegro, Kosovo, Russia, Turkey
Working Languages:
English, Swedish


Books and Documents:
The holdings are centralized in the University Library where 1.300,000 books are kept
Periodicals recieved p.a.:
30 in the Special Education Department

Methods of Data Management

Classification System
Universal Decimal Classification (UDC) and YSA
Methods of Data Processing

Services and Special Activities

Information Services Provided

Provision of information on special education for handicapped adults

Publications Produced

Several publications on adults with reading and writing difficulties

Special Activities

Research on learning processes of adults with reading and writing difficulties;
special teacher training

Studies and Surveys

Several studies on employment possibilities for adults with disabilities

Other material

Challenges and Obstacles in Carrying out the Work

Closer co–operation with local adult education institutions; keeping up–to–date with electronic developments

Strategies and Perspectives to Improve Services

Exchange of ideas about adult education and adult learning processes; focal point for information on adult education, in particular adult education of handicapped persons in Finland