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Pollari, Pirjo; Salo, Olli-Pekka; Koski, Kirsti – i.e.: inquiry in education, 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…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teaching (Occupation), Educational Practices, Educational Quality
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Imam, Seema A.; Jabeen, Mussarut – i.e.: inquiry in education, 2018
The world has been discussing the Finnish educational system for over a decade now. This paradigm shift in education in Finland has brought about tremendous changes that the world is discussing. To find out how Finland has reached such a high level of student achievement, Principal Mussarut Jabeen, who had long planned to visit Finland, and Dr.…
Descriptors: Educational Practices, Islam, Religious Education, Best Practices
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Nauman, April D. – i.e.: inquiry in education, 2018
After reading about the successful Finnish education system, a group of American educators traveled to Finland on an 8-day study tour of three cities to observe several schools and talk with educators there. In this reflective paper, the author describes and analyzes certain aspects of Finnish education as compared with public education in the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Reflection, School Culture, Foreign Culture
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Burg, Carol A. – i.e.: inquiry in education, 2018
Since the publication of the 2000 PISA results highlighting Finland's school children ranking #1 in the world for reading, and #3 for mathematics and science, fascination with Finland's educational system has piqued the interest of educational researchers worldwide. Researchers have been captivated by the paradoxes of the Finnish education system:…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Methods, Academic Achievement, Equal Education
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Rinkinen, Aija – i.e.: inquiry in education, 2018
Aija Riniken, senior ministerial advisor, Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture, shares her perspective on the future of basic education. She writes that her perspective is mainly from Finland's point of view because she has worked on many different levels of education in Finland and has witnessed many changes throughout the years. Here…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Development, Alignment (Education), National Curriculum
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Soukainen, Ulla – i.e.: inquiry in education, 2018
In Finnish early childhood education and care, many changes have been occurring in recent years (Figure 1). The Day Care Act was drafted in 1973, and things largely remained the same until 2015. On August 1, 2015, the new law, the Act on Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC), came into force. But before that, some small changes had occurred,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Educational History, Program Content
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Gujarati, Joan – i.e.: inquiry in education, 2018
Grounded in the frameworks of action research, Critical Friends Groups (CFGs), and reflective practice, this article presents an overarching action research study connected by individual action research studies to explore what a cohort of preservice elementary Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) candidates learned from the process of teacher action…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Action Research, Preservice Teachers, Masters Programs
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Harter, Alyssa; Jacobi, Laura – i.e.: inquiry in education, 2018
Previous research has explored the influence of co-teaching models on student learning in the K-12 grade curriculum. However, little research explores the effects of co-teaching models on college students. This study examines the benefits and drawbacks of co-teaching models in higher education from the perspective of students. Surveys with open…
Descriptors: Team Teaching, Student Attitudes, Learning Processes, Educational Benefits
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Leaman, Heather; Corcoran, Robert – i.e.: inquiry in education, 2018
A university instructor and master teacher describe the limited examples of practitioner research in elementary social studies found in traditional publications. They present a social studies practitioner research project that investigated the use of various technologies in 6th grade geography to improve student engagement, collaboration and…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Geography Instruction, Handheld Devices, Computer Uses in Education
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Al Aamri, Kamla S.; Al Wahaibi, Munira K. – i.e.: inquiry in education, 2018
The current study reports on findings of using self-narrations by three teacher-researchers (two of whom are the authors and the narrative inquirers of this study) to reflect on an English as a Foreign Language-based research experience in a newly established Research Committee (RC) in their work place. A narrative frame tool in the form of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Researchers, English (Second Language), Committees
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Gordon, Stephen P.; Solis, Rachel D. – i.e.: inquiry in education, 2018
The purpose of this study was to describe four successful collaborative action research (CAR) projects through the lens of teacher leaders who facilitated the school teams that conducted the CAR. For each CAR project described, the paper will report on the various phases of the CAR, the challenges of implementation as well as how the challenges…
Descriptors: Action Research, Teacher Leadership, Cooperation, Research Projects
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Molina, Mireya; Briesmaster, Mark – i.e.: inquiry in education, 2017
For learners of English as a foreign language (EFL), fluency is one of the most difficult aspects to develop within the speaking skills. The Chilean teaching context has witnessed a gradual shift from the traditional grammar-translation approach to a more communicative one, thereby making it necessary to discover new strategies to develop…
Descriptors: Language Fluency, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Speech Skills
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Yeigh, Maika J. – i.e.: inquiry in education, 2017
This essay describes the action research projects and culminating conference for a Graduate Teacher Education Program. Teacher candidates conduct year-long research projects with the dual-goal of building a reflective inquiry stance and improving instructional practice.
Descriptors: Inquiry, Action Research, Conferences (Gatherings), Student Projects
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Heath, Mark R.; Colket, Laura K. – i.e.: inquiry in education, 2017
This article is co-written by a high school teacher and a faculty member from a university-based teacher education program. The high school teacher is a graduate of the university's master's degree program, and this article is a reflection of the inquiry he engaged in while he was simultaneously a student and teaching fellow. By asking questions,…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Teacher Education, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Student Relationship
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Lavalle, Pamela I.; Briesmaster, Mark – i.e.: inquiry in education, 2017
Teachers of English as a foreign language (EFL) encourage students to take a more active role in the oral activities in the classroom through different strategies. This study examines the use of picture descriptions as a strategy to develop and enhance communication skills among the eighth-grade students attending a private English school in…
Descriptors: Pictorial Stimuli, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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