Short CV/Education and training

  • Äli Leijen is a Professor of Teacher Education at the Institute of Education of the UT’s Faculty of Social Sciences. She is the head of the Institute of Education and the coordinator of the doctoral education programme in Educational Sciences.

  • She has been analysing TALIS 2018 data for preparing national report for Estonia and is currently leading a large scale research and development project funded by EEA and Norway grants targeting improving teacher competences related to inclusive education in Estonia.

Selected publications

  • Leijen, Ä., Pedaste, M., & Lepp, L. (2020). Teacher agency following the ecological model: How it is achieved and how it could be strengthened by different types of reflection. British Journal of Educational Studies, 68(3), 295-310.

  • Malva, L., Leijen, Ä., & Baucal, A. (2020). Towards measuring teachers’ general pedagogical knowledge–A mixed method investigation of a pilot test. Studies in Educational Evaluation, 64, 100815.

  • Allas, R., Leijen, Ä., & Toom, A. (2020). Guided reflection procedure as a method to facilitate student teachers’ perception of their teaching to support the construction of practical knowledge. Teachers and Teaching, 1-27.

  • Hooshyar, D., Pedaste, M., Saks, K., Leijen, Ä., Bardone, E., & Wang, M. (2020). Open learner models in supporting self-regulated learning in higher education: A systematic literature review. Computers & Education, 103878.

  • Anspal, T., Leijen, Ä., & Löfström, E. (2019). Tensions and the teacher’s role in student teacher identity development in primary and subject teacher curricula. Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 63(5), 679-695.

  • Allas, R., Leijen, Ä., & Toom, A. (2017). Supporting the construction of teacher’s practical knowledge through different interactive formats of oral reflection and written reflection. Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 61(5), 600-615.

  • Leijen, Ä., Lepp, L., & Remmik, M. (2016). Why did I drop out? Former students’ recollections about their study process and factors related to leaving the doctoral studies. Studies in Continuing Education, 38(2), 129-144.

  • Leijen, Ä., & Kullasepp, K. (2013). All roads lead to Rome: developmental trajectories of student teachers' professional and personal identity development. Journal of Constructivist Psychology, 26(2), 104-114.

  • Leijen, Ä., Valtna, K., Leijen, D. A., & Pedaste, M. (2012). How to determine the quality of students’ reflections?. Studies in Higher Education, 37(2), 203-217.

  • Leijen, Ä., Lam, I., Wildschut, L., Simons, P. R. J., & Admiraal, W. (2009). Streaming video to enhance students’ reflection in dance education. Computers & Education, 52(1), 169-176.



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

Principle investigator of

  • The Norway Grants project” Developing and enhancing the teaching quality of inclusive education curriculum“, 2019 – 2023

  • The LLP Comenius multilateral research project “Supporting student teachers’ action-oriented knowledge construction”, 2012 – 2015

  • The Estonian Science Foundation grant “Student teachers’ professional identity development and the role of reflection in developing the professional self-image” funded by the Estonian Science Foundation, 2012 – 2015

National coordinator and lead expert in Estonia of

  • OECD pilot study on teacher general pedagogical knowledge: Innovative Teaching for Effective Learning (ITEL), 2015 – 2018

Institute coordinator and researcher in

  • The Research Council of Norway project "Co-constructing mathematics motivation in primary education. A longitudinal study in six European countries (MathMot)“, 2020 – 2024

  • The ​Swiss National Science Foundation SCOPES programme project “REP-synergy: Towards improvement of Research capacities essential for teacher Education and Practices in Serbia and Estonia“, 2015 – 2018

  • The 7th Framework project “Workplace-based e-Assessment Technology for Competency-based Higher Multi-professional Education”, 2014 – 2017)

Researcher in

  • The Estonian Ministry of Education and Research project "Learning and teaching in the age of digital learning resources", 2020 – 2023

  • The Estonian Science Foundation grant “Smart technologies and digital literacy in promoting a change of learning”, 2015 – 2020

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Founding member of the Estonian Young Academy of Sciences

  • Member of EARLI (European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction) since 2007, Member of the Executive Committee of EARLI 2015 – 2019

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