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What are the basic values and principles of the Finnish education system?
How does it compare to other educational systems?

Ilmoittaudu
Moodle
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Students of Master's Programme in Changing Education, exchange students of the Faculty of Educational Sciences, other students

After a completed course the student will have knowledge and understanding in:

  • the basic values, principles and targets of primary and secondary education;
  • main background of curriculum development and reforms of Finnish education system
  • Understand the leading principles of the Finnish educational system
  • Have understanding on the historical evolvement of the education system since the 1970s; educational change in Finland in light of European educational reform movement; and future perspectives of formal education in Finland
  • Can compare the Finnish educational system to other educational systems in the global world
  • Have readiness to discuss about educational systems and also introduce the major features of the Finnish educational system and teacher education to international audiences when working as an educational expert

Course will be offered in I and III periods.

The aim of the study unit is to encourage the student to understand the origin and development of present Finnish educational system and teacher education.

The unit will focus on education policy, targets, strategies, management system, and legislation and educational changes in Finland. Student becomes familiar within the Finnish educational system and the academic research on it. The study unit is intended for future teachers, students in educational sciences, administrators and researchers.

The Main content of the lectures

  • The Finnish educational system from international perspectives
  • Curriculum system in the Finnish Education
  • The Finnish Quality assurance system in Education
  • The Finnish Teacher Education

Selected material based on the following list

Aho, E., Pitkänen, K. & Sahlberg, P. (2006). Policy development and reform principles of basic and secondary education in Finland since 1968 http://siteresources.worldbank.org/EDUCATION/Resources/278200-1099079877269/547664-1099079967208/Education_in_Finland_May06.pdf

Finnish Innovations and Technologies in Schools. A guide towards New Ecosystem of Learning 2014. (Eds.) Hannele Niemi, Jari Multisilta, Lasse Lipponen ja Marianna Vivitsou

Finnish National Board of Education, (2011). The school of opportunities- towards every learner’s full potential. Published online http://oph.fi/download/134584_the_school_of_opportunities.pdf

Meri, M. (2013). Finland. In Dörbert, H. & Hörner W. (eds.). Education systems in Europe. Schneider Verlag.

Miracle of Education (2nd revised ed.) 2016. (Eds.) Hannele Niemi, Auli Toom, Arto Kallioniemi, Sense Publishers.

Results of the latest PISA - measurements and other related materials at the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture: http://minedu.fi/en/pisa-en and on the websites of OECD:n sivuilta: http://www.oecd.org/pisa/

Selected research article in journals or books that describe the Finnish educational system and teacher education including also Vocational teacher education

The course is based on versatile student-centered teaching-studying-learning method in different studying environment.

Students have reading materials on the Finnish educational system and teacher education that they analyze and reflect on in their assignments. Students are expected to work also collaboratively and share their ideas and thoughts on educational issues. Individual work is included in the course.

All materials are in English and are suitable also for those students who will give a talk or presentation about the Finnish educational system.

Moodle learning environment will be used throughout the course.

Assessment on the scale 0-5. Required written assignments vary.

Old code for curriculum 2017-2020 EDUM038

The course is based on versatile student-centered teaching-studying-learning method in different studying environment.

Students have reading materials on the Finnish educational system and teacher education that they analyze and reflect on in their assignments. Students are expected to work also collaboratively and share their ideas and thoughts on educational issues. Individual work is included in the course.

All materials are in English and are suitable also for those students who will give a talk or presentation about the Finnish educational system.

Moodle learning environment will be used throughout the course. The lectures will be online as streams and/or recordings.

Timetable: online lectures by ZOOM:

2.9. 14.15-15.45
9.9. 12.15-15.45
10.9. 8.15-11.45
14.9. 8.15-11.45
24.9. 12.15-13.45

You get link and course key for the online learning environment Moodle by logging into the study program at the University of Helsinki username earliest on the next day you sign up. You will receive more information on the username after the registration.

Moodle opens on August 27.

The course is organized in co-operation between the Open University and the master's programme of Changing Education. The master's programme of Changing Education organizes instruction in which Open University students participate.