JAMK’s School of Health and Social Studies introduced a team-based learning method for all new students. This is the first of its kind in the field of social services and health care.


JAMK introduced the team-based learning model in the health and social studies for young people started in 2013. It is a completely new approach to health and social studies at a university of applied sciences. At the beginning of the semester, students were divided into teams that act in a self-directed manner in various learning situations. The role of teachers also changed to that of a coach.

The studies are taken in multi-professional and profession-specific teams.

“The significance of interaction and problem-solving skills has increased in working life. Work in social services and health care requires the ability to adopt a multi-professional approach, work in teams, understand group dynamics and be involved in dialogue,” says Carita Kuhanen, Head Coach at JAMK’s School of Health and Social Studies.

The studies emphasise dialogue practice, various learning tasks, practical training that promotes vocational skills and working life projects.

“Of course, there are still some conventional specialist lectures, too,” Kuhanen says.

Working in a team and assuming responsibility for projects teach the students initiative, interactivity and shared responsibility. In teams, students also get to try the roles that do not come naturally to them.