Teachers' Perspectives on Finnish School Education

Creating Learning Environments

Authors: Andere, Eduardo

  • Provides a thorough analysis of the Finnish education system and its cultural context not only on national level but par excellence on local, school and classroom level
  • Privileges the narratives of teachers and principals and shows the material within the framework of the Finnish success education literature
  • Develops the idea that Finland is a learning environment
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About this book

This superbly researched study offers a chalk-face perspective on the secret of Finland’s educational success. Providing an intimate and revealing portrait of the Nordic nation’s schools and its teacher training system, it sets out to explain why Finland’s students consistently rank top, with low variance and moderate inputs, among OECD countries across the range of criteria, from reading to mathematics. Alongside the detailed analysis culled from many hours of interviews with teachers and principals and dozens of visits to school throughout the country, the author maps the educational landscape of Finland: the sector’s history, culture and development, its guiding principles, methodologies, and learning environments. The result is a cogent assessment of how and why Finland is universally regarded as a high-grade educational exemplar. The volume provides the hundreds of researchers, teaching professionals, and policy makers who visit Finland in search of inspiration with essential background material on the country’s magic educational ingredients, which include a highly motivated cohort of well-trained teachers, a recognition of the vital importance of early years education and nurture, functional and inviting learning environments, and a rejection of pedagogical dogma in favour of developing methodologies that produce results at the same time as fostering students’ confidence and collegiality. At the same age, Finland’s schoolchildren have roughly one less year of formal schooling than most of their international counterparts, do not consider themselves to be overworked, and rank alongside hot-housed Singaporean or South Korean youngsters in international assessments of achievement. They are the educational equivalent of world-beating sports stars who make success appear effortless. This volume lifts the lid on the hard work and careful planning that underpin their achievements.

Reviews

“[The book] provides an external thorough analysis of the Finnish education system and its cultural context not only on national level but par excellence on local, school and classroom level.”

 

“The author has reached something very essential in understanding and illustrating the pedagogical values and practices of the Finnish schools and teachers, and how they reflect the values of the whole society. Teachers’ thoughtful interpretations about “what is best and why for their students”, and what is teacher’s responsibility for students in particular but also for their parents and the society illustrates successfully the relationship between schools and rest of the society in Finland.”

 

“[Main strengths]: The author’s outstanding and totally exceptional experience on the Finnish education system and practices on one hand, and, on the other hand, his large knowledge of the educational systems worldwide.

 

“The author’s role as an external observer (making systematic data gathering) enables to recognize influential factors behind the good results which are mostly ‘invisible’ for the Finnish authors, e.g. interaction between the cultural and pedagogical factors and the Finnish nature, the architecture of the schools.”

 

“I don’t know any other author with such a comprehensive data about the Finnish education system on different levels, and how the system is changing. Not even in Finland!”

Professor Jouni Välijärvi, from Jyväskylä University, Finland


Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Andere M., Eduardo

    Pages 1-17

  • Finland’s Success

    Andere M., Eduardo

    Pages 19-47

  • Teachers

    Andere M., Eduardo

    Pages 49-81

  • Does Finland Evaluate School Education?

    Andere M., Eduardo

    Pages 83-97

  • Journeys into Finnish Schools: Lives and Thoughts of Teachers and Principals I

    Andere M., Eduardo

    Pages 99-153

Buy this book

eBook $139.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-02824-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $179.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-02823-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $179.00
price for USA
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at 1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (Weekdays 8:30am – 5:30pm ET) to place your order.
  • Due: October 13, 2016
  • ISBN 978-3-319-34908-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Teachers' Perspectives on Finnish School Education
Book Subtitle
Creating Learning Environments
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-02824-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-02824-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-02823-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-34908-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 322
Number of Illustrations and Tables
139 b/w illustrations
Topics