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ERIC Number: EJ860785
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1045-1595
Adults' Numeracy in Finland: What Do We Know about It?
Hassi, Marja-Liisa; Hannula, Aino; Salo i Nevado, Laia
Adult Learning, v19 n3-4 p42-46 Sum-Fall 2008
Adult education has become a significant aspect of Finnish educational and developmental policy as well as of Finnish labor and social policies. Such factors as the need for occupational proficiency, employment, and economic growth have strongly influenced adult education in Finland. Besides the development of personality and support for the life of communities, principles such as the development and support of a democratic society, an increase in social cohesion, and the creation of opportunities for citizens' welfare have been expressed as current principles of Finnish adult education. The education settings that offer adults opportunities to improve their basic skills in mathematics are tightly connected to the overall Finnish education system and education tradition. In this article, the authors discuss the challenges for Finnish adult education and contrast Finland's first place ranking on the international assessment of mathematics skills, the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), with the country's challenges of a future labor shortage and a need to educate large numbers of older adults with low numeracy levels.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Finland
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Program for International Student Assessment