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ERIC Number: EJ1180628
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 17
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: EISSN-2154-6282
In Teachers We Trust--The Finnish Way to Teach and Learn
Pollari, Pirjo; Salo, Olli-Pekka; Koski, Kirsti
i.e.: inquiry in education, v10 n1 Article 4 2018
Over the past 15 years, Finland has performed very well on international student achievement tests. Although Finland's results have slightly deteriorated from those at the beginning of the 21st century, Finnish students still perform very well in all comparative international surveys such as PISA, TIMSS and ICCS. The Finnish school system seems to perform very well both in terms of quality as well as equity and equality. Finland's consistently high results in these comparative studies have naturally created international interest in the Finnish education and school system. Although there are no solid, proven reasons, some of the hypotheses suggested for Finland's high success rate are, for instance, the appreciation of education, highly qualified teachers, the teachers' high degree of work ethic and autonomy, as well as the popularity of the teaching profession and teacher education. Following a brief introduction to the Finish school system, this article discusses Finnish teachers, their work, and education. The authors focus on the teacher's role as a trusted professional, the popularity of teaching as a profession, and then funnel the discussion towards teacher education and training.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Finland
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