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Author Andere, Eduardo.

Title Teachers' perspectives on Finnish school education : creating learning environments / by Eduardo Andere M
Published Cham : Springer, [2014]
Table of Contents
 Setting the Stage1
 A Bit of History2
 Education System8
 Where Do We Stand?11
2.Finland's Success19
 PISA and the Ecological View of Education19
 Finland and its Sampo in Education23
 Finland's Education System25
 From Peruskoulu (Basic Comprehensive Education) to Lukio or Ammattikoulu (General or Vocational High School)30
 Between 15 and 16 Years of Age: Open Opportunities31
 A Glance at Some of the Reasons for Finland's Educational Success32
 From OPH to the University of Helsinki, and More About the Reason for Success33
 Is the Physiognomy of Finland's Schools Changing?35
 Reading and Libraries38
 A Good School Meal Is an Investment in the Future40
 Educational and Pedagogical Leadership41
 Welfare State and Fairness43
 In Education, Quo Vadis Finland?44
 1970 - 198051
 1990s and the Change of Century52
 The Second Decade of the Twenty-First Century and Beyond53
 Structure of Teacher Education Programs56
 Normaalikoulu (Norssi Schools)63
 The Quality of an Educational System Cannot Exceed the Quality of its Teachers64
 The Popularity of the Teaching Profession: What Does the Evidence Say?65
 Entrance Age to University Teacher Education Programs and Implications for Policies to Attract and Educate Teachers72
 How Much do Finnish Teachers Work?75
 Motivation to Become and Continue Working as a Teacher: Do Finnish Teachers Earn a Lot or a Little?77
4.Does Finland Evaluate School Education?83
 A Glance at Results from Finland's Performance in Other International Studies on Learning85
 The Perspective of the Finnish National Board of Education88
 Policy on Education Evaluation and Academic Research90
 Matriculation Exam94
 By Way of Conclusion95
5.Journeys into Finnish Schools: Lives and Thoughts of Teachers and Principals I99
 Education and Learning in the Twenty-First Century99
 Back to School101
 Teaching: The Whole Package105
 Norssi: University Training School for Teachers109
 Viikin Normaalikoulu110
 Back to SYK113
 Jyvaskyla's Schools and Their Intimate Connection with the History of Finnish Education116
 Success in PISA and Beyond Starts at Elementary School and Even Before120
 The First lukio in Finland122
 Northern Finland, the Arctic Circle, and Toranki Koulu124
 Aurora School126
 Aurinkolahti Koulu133
 Mediation for Learning and Thinking Skills135
 Special Education in the Classroom138
 Turku and an Idyllic Elementary School140
 Back in Helsinki142
 Stromberg and Preschool Education144
 A United School148
6.Journeys into Finnish Schools: Lives and Thoughts of Teachers and Principals II155
 Another Idyllic Elementary School Nestling in a Little Forest, Surrounded by a Larger Forest155
 Tikkurila: More Courses than Students156
 I Never Ask Them "What's Two Plus Two?"---Never157
 That's How Far We Go161
 The Most Remote School in Northern Finland165
 The Secret Is Not a Secret: It's Work, Work, and Work Together with Equity169
 Turku's Comprehensive School175
 Together and Individually178
 Swedish-Speaking School in Finland182
 From Turku to Kirkkonummi: The Beginning of the End185
 Three More Remarkable Schools!185
 Kemijarvi: Suffering Economically; Thriving in Education and Culture185
 Vaajakosken Koulu189
 Nepenmaenkoulu at Joensuu190
7.Finland's Teaching and Learning Environment193
 Teachers' Taxonomy and Environment193
 The Finnish Learning Environment195
 Opinions from Finnish Experts202
 Summing Up203
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Description 1 online resource (333 pages) : illustrations
Contents Dedication -- Preface -- Prologue -- Introduction -- Finland's success -- Teachers -- Does Finland evaluate school education? -- Lives and thoughts of teachers and principals I -- Lives and thoughts of teachers and principals II -- Finland's teaching and learning environment
Summary 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 landsca
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
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Subject Education -- Finland.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1306544807
3319028243 (electronic bk.)
9783319028248 (electronic bk.)