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Teachers Perspectives on Finnish School Education

Teachers  Perspectives on Finnish School Education Author Eduardo Andere
ISBN-10 9783319028248
Release 2013-12-11
Pages 322
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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.



Education and the Commercial Mindset

Education and the Commercial Mindset Author Samuel E. Abrams
ISBN-10 9780674049178
Release 2016-05-02
Pages 417
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The movement to privatize K–12 education is stronger than ever. Samuel Abrams examines the rise of market forces in public education and reveals how a commercial mindset that sidesteps fundamental challenges has taken over. Nevertheless, public schools should adopt lessons from the business world, such as raising teacher salaries to attract talent.



Emerging Issues in Smart Learning

Emerging Issues in Smart Learning Author Guang Chen
ISBN-10 9783662441886
Release 2014-09-10
Pages 397
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This book provides an archival forum for researchers, academics, practitioners and industry professionals interested and/or engaged in the reform of the ways of teaching and learning through advancing current learning environments towards smart learning environments. The contributions of this book are submitted to the International Conference on Smart Learning Environments (ICSLE 2014). The focus of this proceeding is on the interplay of pedagogy, technology and their fusion towards the advancement of smart learning environments. Various components of this interplay include but are not limited to: Pedagogy- learning paradigms, assessment paradigms, social factors, policy; Technology- emerging technologies, innovative uses of mature technologies, adoption, usability, standards and emerging/new technological paradigms (open educational resources, cloud computing, etc.)



Miracle of Education

Miracle of Education Author Hannele Niemi
ISBN-10 9789463007764
Release 2016-11-25
Pages 292
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"Finnish pupils’ success in international student assessment tests and the characteristics of the Finnish educational system are the focus of interest all around in the world. The significance of Finnish educational policy and societal atmosphere are continuously discussed. This book provides explanations, answers and reflections to these questions. Over 30 expert authors have contributed to this book by bringing their own specific research-based points of view.The second edition of the book introduces the new national curriculum for basic education that now provides guidelines for school-based curricula. Students’ learning with engagement and schools as learning communities are core visions of the reform. The authors also reflect on the PISA 2012 results. The book gives an example on how to use PISA information for national improvements. In Finland, all evaluations are enhancement-led and this also includes PISA measurements.The book illustrates how teaching and learning of different subjects is realized in Finnish schools and describes the essential characteristics and methods of teaching, learning materials and research on these issues.The book provides important insight and reflections to international researchers, teachers, students, journalists and policy makers, who are interested in teaching and learning in Finnish schools. It shows the results of the systematic and persistent work that has been done on education and schooling in Finland.The main features of education in Finland are: Strong equity policy.Teachers as autonomous and reflective academic experts.Flexible educational structures and local responsibility for curriculum development.Evaluation for improvements, not for ranking.No national testing, no inspectorate.Research-based teacher education.Teachers’ high competence in content knowledge and pedagogy.Trust in education and teachers."



TALIS Creating Effective Teaching and Learning Environments First Results from TALIS

TALIS Creating Effective Teaching and Learning Environments First Results from TALIS Author OECD
ISBN-10 9789264068780
Release 2009-07-21
Pages 306
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This publication is the first report from the OECD’s Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS). It provides quantitative, policy-relevant information on the teaching and learning environment in schools in 23 countries.



Mobile Pedagogy and Perspectives on Teaching and Learning

Mobile Pedagogy and Perspectives on Teaching and Learning Author McConatha, Douglas
ISBN-10 9781466643345
Release 2013-07-31
Pages 335
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Distance learning has existed in some form for centuries, but modern technologies have allowed students and teachers to connect directly, no matter what their location, using the internet and mobile devices. Mobile Pedagogy and Perspectives on Teaching and Learning explores the tools and techniques that enable educators to leverage wireless applications and social networks to improve learning outcomes and provide creative ways to increase access to educational resources. This publication is designed to help educators and students at every level optimize the use of mobile learning resources to enhance educational experience and improve the effectiveness of the learning process regardless of physical location.



Mapping the Common Ground

Mapping the Common Ground Author Inga Rikandi
ISBN-10 9789516927889
Release 2010
Pages 205
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Mapping the Common Ground has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Mapping the Common Ground also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Mapping the Common Ground book for free.



Finnish Innovations and Technologies in Schools

Finnish Innovations and Technologies in Schools Author Hannele Niemi
ISBN-10 9789462097490
Release 2014-11-27
Pages 176
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This book combines several perspectives on the steps the Finnish educational system has taken to provide students with the skills and competences needed for living in today’s society and in the future. The ecosystem is used as a metaphor for the educational system. The Finnish system aims to achieve sustainable education by ensuring that the system is simultaneously interconnected and open to transformations. The book describes how a flexible curriculum system is succeeding without the pressures of high-stake testing. It also illustrates how the ongoing curriculum reform of the basic education is working. The book brings together knowledge gained in schools through the cooperation of researchers, teachers, school principals, the public sector, and private companies. The book presents case studies of technology integration aimed at crossing boundaries in formal and informal learning settings, locally and globally. The contributors address 21st-century needs and requirements through learner-driven knowledge creation, collaboration, networking, and digital literacies. It opens new scenarios of how to apply digital storytelling and games connecting fun, motivation, and learning. The strong message is that, through collaboration and networking, we can create an educational ecosystem that supports different learners.



International Handbook of Teacher Education

International Handbook of Teacher Education Author John Loughran
ISBN-10 9789811003660
Release 2016-05-04
Pages 582
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The International Handbooks of Teacher Education cover major issues in the field through chapters that offer detailed literature reviews designed to help readers to understand the history, issues and research developments across those topics most relevant to the field of teacher education from an international perspective. This volume is divided into two sections: The organisation and structure of teacher education; and, knowledge and practice of teacher education. The first section explores the complexities of teacher education, including the critical components of preparing teachers for teaching, and various aspects of teaching and teacher education that create tensions and strains. The second examines the knowledge and practice of teacher education, including the critical components of teachers’ professional knowledge, the pedagogy of teacher education, and their interrelationships, and delves into what we know and why it matters in teacher education.



Transforming Teachers Work Globally

Transforming Teachers    Work Globally Author Eija Kimonen
ISBN-10 9789462094703
Release 2014-01-02
Pages 370
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As societies change, so do the needs of students in their education systems. This volume argues that the core professional responsibility of today’s teacher is to create learning environments in which teaching and learning are linked to real-life situations.



Teach Like Finland 33 Simple Strategies for Joyful Classrooms

Teach Like Finland  33 Simple Strategies for Joyful Classrooms Author Timothy D. Walker
ISBN-10 9781324001263
Release 2017-04-18
Pages 240
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Easy-to-implement classroom lessons from the world’s premier educational system. Finland shocked the world when its fifteen-year-olds scored highest on the first Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), a set of tests touted for evaluating critical-thinking skills in math, science, and reading. That was in 2001; but even today, this tiny Nordic nation continues to amaze. How does Finnish education—with short school days, light homework loads, and little standardized testing—produce students who match the PISA scores of high-powered, stressed-out kids in Asia? When Timothy D. Walker started teaching fifth graders at a Helsinki public school, he began a search for the secrets behind the successes of Finland’s schools. Walker wrote about several of those discoveries, and his Atlantic articles on this subject became hot topics of conversation. Here, he gathers all he learned and reveals how any teacher can implement many of Finland's best practices. Remarkably, Finland is prioritizing the joy of learning in its newest core curricula and Walker carefully highlights specific strategies that support joyful K-12 classrooms and integrate seamlessly with educational standards in the United States. From incorporating brain breaks to offering a peaceful learning environment, this book pulls back the curtain on the joyful teaching practices of the world's most lauded school system. His message is simple but profound: these Finland-inspired strategies can be used in the U.S. and other countries. No educator—or parent of a school-aged child—will want to miss out on the message of joy and change conveyed in this book.



Contemporary Approaches to Research on Learning Environments

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ISBN-10 9789814479301
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Contemporary Approaches to Research on Learning Environments has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Contemporary Approaches to Research on Learning Environments also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Contemporary Approaches to Research on Learning Environments book for free.



Education for Purposeful Teaching Around the World

Education for Purposeful Teaching Around the World Author Kirsi Tirri
ISBN-10 0815392060
Release 2018-03-21
Pages 102
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Purpose can be seen as a key promoter in both professional growth and resilience for teachers. As a result, in many countries around the world, the purpose of education and the role of schools as supports for purpose development are growing as important topics of scientific research and educational debate. A conceptual shift is occurring in several countries: the purpose of education is becoming an education for purpose. In this book, researchers around the world examine what a shift toward an education for purpose looks like across several cultures. Teachers around the world should be explicitly educated for competencies that make purposeful and purpose-oriented teaching possible. The goal of teacher education is to educate teachers not only to teach knowledge content, but also to reflect on the purposefulness of their teaching: Why do their lessons and activities matter? What immediate impact and long-term effects do their teaching efforts have on the pupils as well as the communities in which pupils interact? This chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Education for Teaching.



Teacher Education

Teacher Education Author Robyn Brandenburg
ISBN-10 9789811007859
Release 2016-06-15
Pages 269
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This book, an inaugural publication from the Australian Teacher Education Association (ATEA), Teacher Education: Innovation, Intervention and Impact is both a product of, and seeks to contribute to, the changing global and political times in teacher education research. This book marks an historically significant shift in the collective work and outreach of the Australian Teacher Education Association (ATEA) as it endeavours to become an even more active contributor to a research-rich foundation for initial teacher education and to a research-informed teaching profession. The book showcases teacher education research and scholarship from a wide range of institutional collaborations across Australia. Studies highlight the multiple ways in which teacher education researchers are engaging with students, teachers, schools and communities to best prepare future teachers. It informs both teacher education policy and practice and is ‘a must read’ for those engaged in the education community. Above all it marks a shift for teacher educators to build a research rich teaching profession.



How Finns Learn Mathematics and Science

How Finns Learn Mathematics and Science Author Erkki Pehkonen
ISBN-10 9087902425
Release 2007
Pages 279
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The Finnish students' success in the first PISA 2000 evaluation was a surprise to most of the Finns, and even people working in teacher education and educational administration had difficulties to believe that this situation would continue. Finland's second success in the next PISA 2003 comparison has been very pleasing for teachers and teacher educators, and for education policymakers. The good results on the second time waked us to think seriously on possible reasons for the success. Several international journalists and expert delegations from different countries have asked these reasons while visiting in Finland. Since we had no commonly acceptable explanation to students' success, we decided at the University of Helsinki to put together a book "How Finns Learn Mathematics and Science?," in order to give a commonly acceptable explanation to our students' success in the international PISA evaluations. The book tries to explain the Finnish teacher education and school system as well as Finnish children's learning environment at the level of the comprehensive school, and thus give explanations for the Finnish PISA success. The book is a joint enterprise of Finnish teacher educators. The explanations for success given by altogether 40 authors can be classified into three groups: Teacher and teacher education, school and curriculum, and other factors, like the use of ICT and a developmental project LUMA. The main result is that there is not one clear explanation, although research-based teacher education seems to have some influence. But the true explanation may be a combination of several factors.



Reforming Teaching and Teacher Education

Reforming Teaching and Teacher Education Author Eija Kimonen
ISBN-10 9463009159
Release 2016-12-16
Pages 284
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What are the prerequisites for reforming education, and how can these reforms be seen in school development and culture? How should teacher education support this reform process? What are the principles and practices underlying the functioning of the schools of tomorrow? These questions are examined in this unique volume. The authors in this book argue that the central function of teacher education and education in general is to respond to the challenges brought on by the twenty-first century. According to this approach, the competencies and skills needed in the future are not merely a new addition to school activities, but rather something requiring a comprehensive reform of school culture encompassing teacher education, curricula, and teaching methods. Such a fundamental process of change in the action and thinking models used by schools would be an effort to achieve a complete transformation, the result of which would be schools developing into organizations that are both creative and imbued with a strong sense of community. A central attribute is that the creation of new knowledge is not just restricted to the classroom but also takes place in out-of-school environments. This would link learning to its natural context, eventually leading to an ideal instruction that is actively problem oriented, holistic, and life centered. This reform-minded volume is divided into three parts. The first part focuses on the reform processes in teacher education, the second on the reforms of pedagogics at schools and teacher education institutions, and the third on the processes of reculturing schools. New prospects for active schools in the United States and Europe, as well as in Japan and China, are discussed.



Educational Research and Innovation Teachers as Designers of Learning Environments The Importance of Innovative Pedagogies

Educational Research and Innovation Teachers as Designers of Learning Environments The Importance of Innovative Pedagogies Author Paniagua Alejandro
ISBN-10 9789264085374
Release 2018-04-09
Pages 204
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Pedagogy is at the heart of teaching and learning. Preparing young people to become lifelong learners with a deep knowledge of subject matter and a broad set of social skills requires a better understanding of how pedagogy influences learning. Focusing on pedagogies shifts the perception of ...