Finnish Lessons

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Teachers College Press, 2011 - Education - 167 pages
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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A lot of American school reformers have gotten very excited about Finland as the low-key, high-achieving answer to our problems, and I wanted to go to the source. The source turned out to be more ... Read full review

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Contents

Yes We Can Learn from One Another
1
The Finnish Dream Equal Educational Opportunities
13
The Finnish Paradox Less Is More
41
The Finnish Advantage The Teachers
70
The Finnish Way Competitive Welfare State
96
Is the Future Finnish?
124
Notes
147
References
149
Index
157
About the Author
167
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Pasi Sahlberg, PhD, is currently director general of CIMO (Centre for International Mobility and Cooperation) at the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture and a member of the board of directors of the ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) in the United States. He has worked as a teacher, teacher educator, and policymaker in Finland and as an expert for several international organizations and consulting firms. During the last 2 decades he has analyzed education reforms around the world and worked with education leaders in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Dr. Sahlberg was a former staff member of the World Bank in Washington, DC, and the European Commission in Turin, Italy. He continues to train teachers and leaders and to coach schools in Finland and abroad. He is adjunct professor at the University of Helsinki and at the University of Oulu.

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