ERIS317 Pedagogical Approaches and Learning Theories (5 cr)

Study level:
Advanced studies
Grading scale:
English, Finnish
Responsible organisation:
Department of Educational Sciences
Curriculum periods:
2020-2021, 2021-2022, 2022-2023, 2023-2024


  • problem-based and exploratory learning
  • critical pedagogy
  • narrative learning
  • (radical) constructivism
  • experiential learning
  • dialogic guidance
  • sociodynamic guidance
  • drama pedagogy
  • instructional models based on scientific realism
  • possibly online pedagogy as part of accessible/inclusive instruction and guidance
  • teacher’s professional ethics
  • special education as part of ethically, socially and multiculturally sustainable development

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to

  • recognize the reasoning, conceptions of learning, ethical principles and theoretical premises of different pedagogical schools
  • plan and implement instruction based on different pedagogical notions and learning theories, and utilize different accessible and culturally sensitive learning environments
  • evaluate the physical, psychological and social dimensions of different pedagogical notions and environments, and critically consider the ethical possibilities and boundaries of pedagogical actions in teaching different types of contentso
  • consider one’s own values, conceptions of learning and instructional philosophy

Study materials

Articles will be announced at the beginning of the course

Completion methods

Method 1

For Special Education, Early Special Education and international students.
Evaluation criteria:
Reading circle or learning assignment.
Select all marked parts
Parts of the completion methods

reading circle or independent study (5 cr)

Independent study
Grading scale:
English, Finnish