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ERIC Number: EJ1018570
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1745-4999
Finland Has it All? Examining the Media Accentuation of "Finnish Education" in Australia, Germany and South Korea
Takayama, Keita; Waldow, Florian; Sung, Youl-Kwan
Research in Comparative and International Education, v8 n3 p307-325 2013
Drawing on the conceptual work of externalisation in comparative education and multi-accentual signs in cultural studies, this article examines how the print news media accentuate "Finnish education" in the process of inserting this external reference into the domestic political discourses around education reform in Australia, Germany and South Korea. The study identifies all articles referencing "Finnish education" that were published from 2000 to 2011 in two widely circulated newspapers with different political orientations in each country. Discourse analysis of the articles shows various ways in which "Finnish education" is accentuated by the newspapers, serving to legitimise different political agendas in education policy debates. It is argued that "Finnish education" has become a "projection screen" for competing conceptions of "good education" and the associated visions of "good society". The authors situate the findings within the ongoing discussion of externalisation, calling for a careful conceptualisation of the role of the media in this line of comparative education scholarship.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia; Finland; Germany; South Korea
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Program for International Student Assessment
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