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Why Students Do Better Overseas

Why Students Do Better Overseas | Finland | Scoop.it
The United States has much to learn from other countries, especially in preparing teachers and paying for schools.

Finland: Teacher Training

Though it dropped several rankings in last year’s tests, Finland has for years been in the highest global ranks in literacy and mathematical skills. The reason dates to the postwar period, when Finns first began to consider creating comprehensive schools that would provide a quality, high-level education for poor and wealthy alike. These schools stand out in several ways, providing daily hot meals; health and dental services; psychological counseling; and an array of services for families and children in need. None of the services are means tested. Moreover, all high school students must take one of the most rigorous required curriculums in the world, including physics, chemistry, biology, philosophy, music and at least two foreign languages.

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Reading the PISA Tea Leaves: Who Is Responsible for Finland’s Decline and the Asian Magic

Reading the PISA Tea Leaves: Who Is Responsible for Finland’s Decline and the Asian Magic | Finland | Scoop.it

While the Finns are right to be concerned about their education, it would be a huge mistake to believe that their education has gotten worse. Finland’s slip in the PISA ranking has little to do with what Finland has or has not done. It has been pushed down by others. In other words, Finland’s education quality as measured by the PISA may have not changed at all and remains strong, but the introduction of other education systems that are even better at taking tests has made Finland appear worse than it really is.

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Finland - Strong Performers and Successful Reformers in Education

Finland's schools are well integrated in communities and teachers are highly committed, making it a top PISA performer with little variation among pupils of differing backgrounds.

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Why does Finnish give better PISA results?

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Ever since December 2001, when the results of the first PISA survey were made public, the Finnish educational system has received a lot of international attention. Foreign delegations are flocking to Finland, in the hope of discovering Finland's secrets.

The explanation widely accepted is that the Finnish educational system is better. For example, the following aspects have been pointed out: (cont.)


http://finnish-and-pisa.blogspot.com/?spref=tw

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17/08/2011French education minister seeks lessons in Finland - Expatica France

17/08/2011French education minister seeks lessons in Finland - Expatica France | Finland | Scoop.it

"There are a number of practices that work here which we can transport," he told AFP while visiting the Itaekeskus school in eastern Helsinki.

 

Finland's school system was judged to be the world's best in 2006 by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development's PISA study, and in 2010 it was still the only European country to hit the top five after being displaced in reading skills by Asian countries.
"It's useful, since we (in France) do not have such good results, to gain inspiration from good practices," said Chatel.

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Why does Finnish give better PISA results?

Ever since December 2001, when the results of the first PISA survey were made public, the Finnish educational system has received a lot of international attention. Foreign delegations are flocking to Finland, in the hope of discovering Finland's secrets.

The explanation widely accepted is that the Finnish educational system is better. For example, the following aspects have been pointed out:
* Schools routinely provide tutoring for weak students.
* Each school has a social worker ("koulukuraattori").
* Substitute teachers are often provided when the teacher is ill.
* Teachers are seldom on strike.

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Museum of Finnish Architecture Exhibition: The Best School in the World

Museum of Finnish Architecture Exhibition: The Best School in the World | Finland | Scoop.it
The Best School in the World, exhibition at the Museum of Finnish Architecture

8 Jun - 25 Sep 2011

Exhibition at the Museum of Finnish Architecture, June 8th–September 25th 2011 Finnish students are top performers in the OECD ’s PISA studies, but what’s the secret to the success of the Finnish education system? The MFA explores this question from an architectural perspective: In what type of environments does learning take place today, and what kind of physical settings are the most conducive to successful learning? The exhibition examines how contemporary school architecture addresses the varied needs of today’s learners and multiform teaching methods. The core part of the exhibition looks at school architecture from the 2000s, an abridged version of which featured at the Venice Biennale of Architecture in autumn 2010. The seven schools presented in detail offer a varied sample of functional and architectural solutions.
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Are Finnish schools the best in the world? - The Independent

Are Finnish schools the best in the world? - The Independent | Finland | Scoop.it
Finland is the country that has topped the international league table of the developed world's education systems for almost all of the past decade. And England's Education Secretary, Michael Gove, has been taking a close look at its policies to see if there is anything he can glean from them to improve standards over here. Finland's top-level ranking is based on its performance in the PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) tests of 15-year-olds around the globe in reading, maths and science. It is published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
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Why Finland leads the world in education

Need to Know speaks with Pasi Sahlberg, a refom expert in Finland's Ministry of Education...
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Finland’s eduation system is the winner - Academy - DNA

Finland’s eduation system is the winner - Academy - DNA | Finland | Scoop.it
In 2000, PISA ranked Finland no.1 in education system. Since then, in all the three PISA tests held, Finland finished among the top three.
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Enterprise Society programme teaches children about work

Enterprise Society programme teaches children about work | Finland | Scoop.it
So this is where things stand.
Finland in 2001 is a cradle of democracy and human rights, still proudly in fifth place on the corruption index of Transparency International. It is a model country of PISA studies, where even the strongest of emotions are articulated in the voting booth – not by throwing bombs.
And the business elite puts young children to work...
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School Pupils' Skills Worsen Worryingly

School Pupils' Skills Worsen Worryingly | Finland | Scoop.it
The skills of comprehensive schools’ pupils have deteriorated over the last decade. A follow-up study in the city of Vantaa revealed that ninth graders’ knowledge has diminished dramatically—and the same findings show up elsewhere.
Alarming signals have lately emerged from comprehensive schools’ classrooms. The Finnish National Board of Education has found writing skills lacking for every third boy in ninth grade.
Finland has done well in the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) rankings in 2010, but the results were a little worse than last time.
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Insightful Videos Exploring Why the Finnish Education System Rocks!

Insightful Videos Exploring Why the Finnish Education System Rocks! | Finland | Scoop.it
Professor Thomas Baker wrote an insightful blog post recently about why the Finnish education system rocks, and included 5 YouTube videos sharing more insights and secrets behind their success.
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Finn-ished

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WHEN the first Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) tests to focus on maths results were published a decade ago, Finland’s blue-cross flag fluttered near the top of the rankings. Its pupils excelled at numeracy, and topped the table in science and reading. Education reformers found the prospect of non-selective, high-achieving and low-stress education bewitching...

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Finland Used To Have The Best Education System In The World — What Happened?

Finland Used To Have The Best Education System In The World — What Happened? | Finland | Scoop.it

 

Since it was reformed 40 years ago, Finland's education system has frequently been held up as one of the best in the world.

Today, that changed. Tbe OECD released its PISA global rankings that showed how students in various countries were doing in reading, science, and math. Finland ranked 12th, just behind Estonia.

That's a big drop. Finland had topped the PISA rankings in 2000, 2003, and 2006, and consistently ranked near the top in other years. This year, however, Finnish students had dropped by 2.8% in mathematics, 1.7% in reading and 3% in science.

"The golden days are over," Finnbay, a Finnish news organization wrote just after the results came out.

 
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Finnishing School | Thoughts on Public Education

Finnishing School | Thoughts on Public Education | Finland | Scoop.it

Finnish education reform can be summed up in ten points, according to Pasi Sahlberg, a director at the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture and author of Finnish Lessons: What can the world learn from educational change in Finland? The first nine are instructive, but it’s number ten that sums it up neatly and harshly.

 

“All of these factors that are behind the Finnish success seem to be the opposite of what is taking place in the United States and the rest of world where competitive, test-based accountability, standardization, and privatization seem to dominate,” Sahlberg told participants at the Empowerment Through Learning in a Global World conference. “There is hope, but you have to be smart in the way you do things…and in many of the things that you are trying to do here I see very little hope.”

http://toped.svefoundation.org/2012/01/20/finnishing-school/

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Fishing Naked in Finland: What've PISA Scores Got to Do With It?

Fishing Naked in Finland: What've PISA Scores Got to Do With It? | Finland | Scoop.it
Since 2001, when the PISA results went public, this Nordic nation's 15-year-olds have ranked at or near the top of all industrialized nations in reading, science, and mathematics. And we haven't yet stopped talking about it.
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‘There are warning signs that we have to heed - Pisa results have been too good for Finland’ - Education News - News - WalesOnline

‘There are warning signs that we have to heed - Pisa results have been too good for Finland’ - Education News - News - WalesOnline | Finland | Scoop.it
In the last in our series on Finnish education, Graham Henry examines the much-talked about Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa).

“It is one of the best organised, technical testing mechanisms in the world and we do not have any other way of measuring,” said Prof Hautamaki.

“It is the best that mankind can do. Finland’s results are therefore quite encouraging – and it’s largely because most of the schools don’t have huge differences between them. All of our schools are more or less equal, in terms of buildings, neighbourhoods etc.
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‘Every child should have an equal chance’ - Wales News

‘Every child should have an equal chance’ - Wales News | Finland | Scoop.it
Against the backdrop of Wales’ disappointing Pisa results, we sent Graham Henry to Finland for a lesson in Scandinavian education. In the first of a series of articles, he looks at the journey Finnish children take through school

WALKING through a classroom at Vesala Comprehensive in Helsinki, it’s tempting to mark the telltale signs of a problem school that are all around you.
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Finns ain't what they used to be for teen pupils - News - TES Connect

Finns ain't what they used to be for teen pupils - News - TES Connect | Finland | Scoop.it
Finland - Shock news for nation's admired education system, as research shows huge decline in learning ability of 15-year-olds...

Internationally famous for its supposedly excellent education system and top-ranking Pisa results, Finland is reeling from new research that shows a dramatic decline in learning and cognitive ability among 15-year-olds.

"We don't know if this reflects a decline in competence or a decline in the willingness of pupils to take the tests seriously," she continued, adding that these were not "high-stakes tests" that would have an impact on pupils' lives.
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Study: Finnish teenagers unruly in class

Study: Finnish teenagers unruly in class | Finland | Scoop.it
Finland, which has long basked in the sunshine of high marks in the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment, or PISA studies, now finds itself at the opposite end of a new PISA survey.
While academic achievement may remain high, the new study suggests that Finnish classrooms are among the most unruly in the world.
A PISA study on classroom discipline conducted in 2009 put Finland near the end, with only Greece and Argentina exhibiting worse problems. Of the 65 countries in the comparison, Japan had the most orderly schools.
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Finnishing school - Comment - TES Connect

Finnishing school - Comment - TES Connect | Finland | Scoop.it
Teacher autonomy, only a small national curriculum, no inspections and no league tables … Is this what makes Finland an international chart-topper?

“If you would have asked the Finns about their schools in 2000, you would have found a strong trend saying the system needed to be overhauled,” Patrik Scheinin, dean of the faculty of behavioural sciences at the University of Helsinki, says. “When the results from Pisa came, it was a bit of a shock.”

When the Pisa (Programme for International Student Assessment) figures were published in 2001, it showed Finland’s 15-year-olds coming top of a list of 27 countries in reading tests.

According to Professor Scheinin, it took the country three years to come to terms with its schools’ surprising over-performance, by which time the next Pisa results were published - and Finland came out top again.

“If we didn’t have the Pisa results when we did, parents would have made the politicians change things because they were so sure their children weren’t getting the best education possible,” he adds.
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Finland and PISA: Finnish perceptions of PISA Success: Previous Research, Part One

Ten reasons for Finland's success in OECD/PISA comparison http://j.mp/jE1t7X (click 'newer post for next)...
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The Finland Phenomenon: Inside the World's Most Surprising School System

The Finland Phenomenon, from documentary filmmaker, Bob Compton, follows Dr. Tony Wagner through Finland’s extraordinary school system.
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The Finnish National Board of Education - Education

The Finnish National Board of Education - Education | Finland | Scoop.it
Finland - National testing, school ranking lists and inspection do not exist.
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