Finnish Lessons What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland?

ISBN-10: 0807752576

ISBN-13: 9780807752579

Edition: 2011

Authors: Pasi Sahlberg

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Finnish Lessons is a first-hand, comprehensive account of how Finland built a world-class education system during the past three decades. The author traces the evolution of education policies in Finland and highlights how they differ from the United States and other industrialized countries. He shows how rather than relying on competition, choice, and external testing of students, education reforms in Finland focus on professionalizing teachers' work, developing instructional leadership in schools, and enhancing trust in teachers and schools. This book details the complexity of educational change and encourages educators and policymakers to develop effective solutions for their own districts and schools.
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List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Teachers College Press, Teachers College, Columbia University
Publication date: 11/1/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.814
Language: English

Series Foreword
Foreword: UnFinnished Business
Introduction: Yes, We Can (Learn from One Another)
Northern Exposure
Finland as an Example
Learning from One Another
The Plan of This Book
The Finnish Dream: Equal Educational Opportunities
Post-War Finland
Toward Universal Basic Education
The New School Is Born
Expanding Upper-Secondary Education
Improving Educational Attainment
A Generation of Educational Change
The Finnish Education System in 2011
The Finnish Paradox: Less Is More
From Periphery to Limelight
Level of Educational Attainment
Equity of Outcomes
Student Learning
Cost of Education
Finnish Paradoxes of Education
The Finnish Advantage: The Teachers
The Culture of Teaching
Becoming a Teacher
Academic Teacher Education
Teachers as Researchers
Professional Development
Time for Pedagogical Reflection
Leaders Are Teachers
Good Teachers, Great Schools
The Finnish Way: Competitive Welfare State
The Power of Globalization
The Global Educational Reform Movement
A Knowledge-Based Economy
Welfare, Equality, and Competitiveness
Two Finnish Icons: Nokia and Peruskoulu
The Finnish Dream Challenged
Is the Future Finnish?
Excellence by Being Different
Successful Educational Reform
The Transfer of Change Knowledge
The Future of Finnish Education
About the Author
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