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Building a world
class education
system - Education in
Finland
GETS 2010, Calgary, Canada
15th July, 2010

Tarmo Toikkanen...
Finland, Europe
PISA results for
Finland


       Literacy   Math   Science




2000     1st      4th     3rd



2003     1st      2nd    ...
The official explanation for PISA success

• equal opportunities to education


• localized educational responsibility


• ...
My unofficial
explanations
Teaching is a valued
          profession
Teacher’s curriculum

   School curriculum

School district curriculum

   National curriculum
       framework
Textbooks   Healthy market and competition
Less classes, less
       homework
The Finnish language
Ethnically homogenous
Role of technology
Studying


               Tools


         Teaching activities

         Didactic practices

         Educational results
...
Official future focus
areas

• smaller group sizes


• special education


• student counseling


• afternoon extra-curricu...
Unofficial future
trends

• open content


• non-formal and informal
  learning


• progressive inquiry, PBL and
  other “a...
Thank you!
More information: tarmo.fi, tarmo.tel, aalto.fi
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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 reasons behind it, as well as some future focus areas.

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Education in Finland

  1. 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. 2. Finland, Europe
  3. 3. PISA results for Finland Literacy Math Science 2000 1st 4th 3rd 2003 1st 2nd 1st 2006 2nd 2nd 1st
  4. 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. 5. My unofficial explanations
  6. 6. Teaching is a valued profession
  7. 7. Teacher’s curriculum School curriculum School district curriculum National curriculum framework
  8. 8. Textbooks Healthy market and competition
  9. 9. Less classes, less homework
  10. 10. The Finnish language
  11. 11. Ethnically homogenous
  12. 12. Role of technology
  13. 13. Studying Tools Teaching activities Didactic practices Educational results Pedagogical / Andragogical principles
  14. 14. Official future focus areas • smaller group sizes • special education • student counseling • afternoon extra-curricular activities • school-home collaboration
  15. 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. 16. Thank you! More information: tarmo.fi, tarmo.tel, aalto.fi

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