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ERIC Number: EJ865074
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0033-1538
Responding to Diversity and Striving for Excellence: The Case of Finland
Savolainen, Hannu
Prospects: Quarterly Review of Comparative Education, v39 n3 p281-292 Sep 2009
The implementation of inclusive education has become an internationally accepted goal. In this process a substantial challenge is to simultaneously increase both equality and quality in inclusive education. This article discusses ways of achieving this goal in light of recent research findings which indicate that it is possible to meet both goals at once. The findings of various studies on the Finnish comprehensive school reform, along with recent learning outcomes, support this conclusion. During the comprehensive school era, equality has increased, performance gaps have decreased, and student achievement has improved overall. Possible reasons for this are that Finnish educational policy development has not followed international mainstream trends and that flexible and extensive special education provisions have been built into our school system. Internationally acknowledged requirements for a good education are competent teachers and a school system's commitment to take on the responsibility of educating children of all abilities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Finland