ERIC Number: EJ1059595
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Apr
Mathematics Lessons from Finland and Sweden
Seaberg, Rebecca L.
Mathematics Teacher, v108 n8 p593-598 Apr 2015
In many ways, mathematics classrooms in Finland and Sweden are very similar to what would be considered traditional classrooms in the United States. Classes begin with checking homework and questions, followed by the teacher giving instruction in the new material, and end with students working on their new assignment. There are also interesting differences in mathematics and the education systems in general. Rebecca Seaberg describes her observations of the educational systems--primarily focusing on the area of mathematics--of Finland and Sweden while on a sabbatical from teaching. Seaberg discusses the use of resources and technology, the differences in teachers' work schedules, and national priorities. She suggests that teachers should be willing to share their help and experience by mentoring both experienced teachers and new teachers in an effort to improve mathematics learning for as many students as possible here in the United States.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Cultural Differences, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Teaching Conditions, Mentors, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Resources, Cross Cultural Studies, School Schedules, Educational Practices, Evaluation Methods, Student Evaluation, Teacher Education, Teacher Qualifications, Observation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Finland; Sweden