Maarit Virolainen

General description

Maarit Virolainen (PhD, Adult Education) is a project researcher at the Finnish Institute of Educational Research. Her studies have focused on the combination of learning, education and work. She has carried out follow-up research on experiments in youth education in the 1990s and has participated in comparative research on the development of vocational education and training in the Nordic countries (Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland) in the 2010s. Her dissertation focused on learning from work experience in Universities of Applied Sciences, and learning from work experience has been her continuing research interest. The latest related project she is involved in concerns wisdom in practice ( She has participated in several national and international research projects since the beginning of her career.

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Research interests

Maarit Virolainen is a post-doctoral researcher at the Finnish Institute for Educational Research. Her research has concerned organizing learning from work experience as a part of school-based learning (e.g. internships of the universities of applied sciences) and transitions from post-compulsory education to work and higher education. Recently she has studied for example the Nordic models for organizing vocational education, (in the project Nord-VET funded by NordForsk, see http://, and how various models of Nordic vocational education support transitions to higher education and to the world of work.

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Personal keywords

adult education, vocational education and training (VET), universities of applied sciences, learning from work experience, internships,employment, world of work

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Last updated on 2023-31-08 at 12:40