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Education in Finland
Education in Finland
Education in Finland
Education in Finland
Education in Finland
Education in Finland
Education in Finland
Education in Finland
Education in Finland
Education in Finland
Education in Finland
Education in Finland
Education in Finland
Education in Finland
Education in Finland
Education in Finland
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Education in Finland

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My 15 minute presentation for a panel talk at GETS 2010, "Building a World-Class Education System". The actual panel discussion that followed is not included. I discuss Finland's PISA success and the …

My 15 minute presentation for a panel talk at GETS 2010, "Building a World-Class Education System". The actual panel discussion that followed is not included. I discuss Finland's PISA success and the reasons behind it, as well as some future focus areas.

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  • 1. Building a world class education system - Education in Finland GETS 2010, Calgary, Canada 15th July, 2010 Tarmo Toikkanen, http://tarmo.fi tarmo.toikkanen@aalto.fi
  • 2. Finland, Europe
  • 3. PISA results for Finland Literacy Math Science 2000 1st 4th 3rd 2003 1st 2nd 1st 2006 2nd 2nd 1st
  • 4. The official explanation for PISA success • equal opportunities to education • localized educational responsibility • free education and welfare (school meals, commutes, health care) • Master level teachers • high quality teaching • great degree of autonomy to schools and teachers • collaboration between schools, homes, and officials
  • 5. My unofficial explanations
  • 6. Teaching is a valued profession
  • 7. Teacher’s curriculum School curriculum School district curriculum National curriculum framework
  • 8. Textbooks Healthy market and competition
  • 9. Less classes, less homework
  • 10. The Finnish language
  • 11. Ethnically homogenous
  • 12. Role of technology
  • 13. Studying Tools Teaching activities Didactic practices Educational results Pedagogical / Andragogical principles
  • 14. Official future focus areas • smaller group sizes • special education • student counseling • afternoon extra-curricular activities • school-home collaboration
  • 15. Unofficial future trends • open content • non-formal and informal learning • progressive inquiry, PBL and other “advanced” pedagogies • blended learning and social media • school-society collaboration
  • 16. Thank you! More information: tarmo.fi, tarmo.tel, aalto.fi

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