Professor of special education at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Hannu Savolainen is a professor of special education at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Prior to that he was the vice dean of Philosophical faculty and professor of special education at the University of Eastern Finland. In his earlier career he has been involved with several development co-operation projects including coordinating a four-year project in Ethiopia and serving for several years as the Finnish team leader for the UNESCO Flagship program “The right to education for persons with disabilities: towards inclusion”. Recently, Savolainen has been the PI of a large-scale experimental research study implementing School Wide Positive Behavior Support in Finland (“ProSchool”). He has also been a co-leader of an international comparative research “Teachers’ roles in inclusive education”. His current research interest include: 1) promoting inclusive education by developing culturally relevant School-Wide Positive Behavior Intervention and Support, 2) teachers perceptions on inclusive education and their self-efficacy, 3) long term consequences of learning difficulties for the educational career and well-being of adolescents and young adults. Savolainen has had a long-term interest in quantitative longitudinal research methods and more recently in experimental research. Savolainen has published his work in various international journals including e.g. Learning and Instruction, Journal of Learning Disabilities, Teaching and teacher Education, Journal of Youth and Adolescence and European Journal of Special Needs Education.