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ERIC Number: EJ841094
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-1038-2046
Developments in Teacher Training in Finland: Emerging Models of Geography Education
Houtsonen, Lea
International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, v13 n2 p190-196 2004
The school is part of the surrounding society and reflects prevailing values and developments in that society. Changes in the pupils, in their living environments and in the community as a whole require sensitivity on the part of the teacher and a readiness to attempt to predict the future from the point of view of the pupils. The professionalism of geography educators manifests itself in their ability to utilise the learning opportunities offered by the environment. Teacher training in Finland includes those skills which help in the interpretation of environmental, social, economic, cultural and working life phenomena (Ministry of Education, 2001: 7). Geography educators have an influence both on the preparedness of pupils to participate in the development of their own environment, and the set of values to which they ascribe. This requires a decisive view on upbringing and the future, the basis of which is created in teacher training. The Finnish national core curriculum is based on a conception of learning which states that learning is a result of a pupil's active and focused actions aimed to process and interpret received information in interaction with other pupils, teachers and the environment and on the basis of his or her existing knowledge structures. This article discusses the changes in the Finnish educational system which influence the work of teachers of geography. It also discusses the developments of training of geography teachers in Finland and the professional development of geography teachers during teacher training.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Finland