ERIC Number: EJ811769
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 9
An Outsider's View of Beginning Literacy in Finland: Assumptions, Lessons Learned, and Sisu
Brueggeman, Martha A.
Literacy Research and Instruction, v47 n1 p1-8 2008
Even though Finnish students continually score at the highest levels on international reading tests, little attention is given to Finland's reading education programs. Dismissing Finnish attainments often is based on the attitude that the Finnish language is simpler, due to a close one-to-one sound/symbol match and that Finland is an isolated country that does not experience the same social complications as other countries. This study is based on direct observations of first-grade classrooms in Finland, as well as interviews of Finnish children, parents, teachers, and university professors. Results suggest that teacher autonomy and family attitude, along with their uses of reading, and the Finnish personality characteristic of "sisu" provide insight into their academic success.
Descriptors: Reading Tests, Foreign Countries, Emergent Literacy, Beginning Reading, Childhood Attitudes, Parent Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Interviews, Finno Ugric Languages, Formative Evaluation, Educational Assessment, Educational Indicators, Naturalistic Observation, Reading Achievement
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Finland