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ERIC Number: EJ1143562
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0305-7925
"Education Is a Life Marathon Rather than a Hundred-Meter Race": Chinese "Folk" Comparative Discourses on Finnish Education
Liu, Haiqin; Dervin, Fred
Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, v47 n4 p529-544 2017
Over the past decade Finnish education has been praised worldwide for its students' "amazing" results in the OECD PISA studies. Thousands of pedagogical tourists--including policy-makers, researchers and educators--have visited the country to find out about the reasons behind the success and to borrow, often uncritically and un-reflexively, Finnish practices that can help them to become "good performers" too. This has resulted in what we call "folk" comparative discourses on Finland. China is no exception to the rule. In this article we examine a range of books about Finnish education published in the Middle Kingdom (China) for a general rather than narrowly specialist readership. We are interested in how these volumes construct certain images and myths about it and what these tell us about how the authors view Chinese education but also current societal discussions about it. Our approach is based on critical and reflexive interculturality.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Finland; China
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Program for International Student Assessment
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