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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