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Schools We Can Envy by Diane Ravitch | The New York Review of Books

Schools We Can Envy by Diane Ravitch | The New York Review of Books | Finland | Scoop.it
Old but always good analysis of Finnish schools by Diane Ravitch http://t.co/UTUPly8Y...
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for the love of learning: What's up with Finland?

for the love of learning: What's up with Finland? | Finland | Scoop.it

Have you noticed there seems to be a buzz about Finland's education system? In this session, we'll take a look at some of Finland's education policies and reforms that have helped them become one of the best education nations in the world.

 

For more on Finland, check out these posts: (cont.)

http://www.joebower.org/2012/02/whats-up-with-finland.html

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Finland: First in Class

Finland: First in Class | Finland | Scoop.it
This week Learning World is looking at Finland, which is recognised worldwide for its top ranking education model.

Foreign delegations frequently visit the country to try and discover the secret of its success. We spent a day at a school in the capital Helsinki to find out more about the philosophy behind the Finnish system.

Finland has the shortest formal teaching hours in Europe and the best educational results. Finnish children stay with the same class and the same teacher for at least six years – which makes school like an extension of home.

In Finland, competition to become a teacher is so fierce that all teachers have a Masters’ degree...
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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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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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How Do you Make your Kid Bilingual? | 65 Degrees North

How Do you Make your Kid Bilingual? | 65 Degrees North | Finland | Scoop.it
It’s a question that many expat parents want an answer to. 65DN sets out to find it.
Research in Finland, mainly by Swedish-speaking researchers in whose community there is increasingly bilingualism, seems to indicate that Oliver is doing something right.

‘I recommend that the parent from the foreign country always speaks in his own language,’ explains Dr Catherine Lojander-Visapää, an expert on bilingualism at Åbo Åkademi. As far as Dr Lojander-Visapää is concered even trilingualism is perfectly possible if, for example, a Finn has a French husband and they communicate with other each other in English.
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early languages's comment, February 22, 2013 1:25 PM
I totally agree that trilingualism is perfectly possible. But it requires focus and discipline.
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Kindergarten and Finnish Lessons

Kindergarten and Finnish Lessons | Finland | Scoop.it
written by Todd Beach Have you ever read the book, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten?  The author, Robert Fulghum, composed a poem of simple yet essential lessons  ...

 

In reading Finnish Lessons what was most apparent to me is that there is very little which is revolutionary surrounding the profound success of the Finnish education system. The ideas applied surround a shared set of values, which are embraced by the Finnish people. Indeed the ideas are simple and modest, similar to the tenets proposed by All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.

The Finns are a modest people who readily accept their responsibility to care for and educate their children. When the Finnish Minister of Education was asked if their goal from the outset was to become the best in the world, she replied, “For us, its enough to be ahead of Sweden.”

But what may be most ironic about the Finnish phenomenon is that many of the pedagogical changes, which teachers adapted and incorporated into their planning and instruction were developed, practiced and researched in the United States. And here we are today looking at the Finns with education envy.

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

Finnish Lessons - What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland?  - Pasi Sahlberg | Finland | Scoop.it

"This book is a wake-up call for the U.S. Finland went from mediocre academic results to one of the top performers in the world. And, they did it with minimal testing, teacher unions, national collaboration, and elevating teaching to a high-status calling. This is the antidote to the NCLB paralysis."
— Henry M. Levin, William Heard Kilpatrick Professor of Economics and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University and David Jacks Professor of Education and Economics, Emeritus Stanford University

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Complete Finnish. by Terttu Leney: Terttu Leney: 1444107143

Complete Finnish. by Terttu Leney: Terttu Leney: 1444107143 | Finland | Scoop.it
Are you looking for a complete course in Finnish which takes you effortlessly from beginner to confident speaker? Whether you are starting from scratch, or are just out of practice, Complete Finnish will guarantee success!
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The Finnish National Board of Education - Education

The Finnish National Board of Education - Education | Finland | Scoop.it
The key words in Finnish education policy are quality, efficiency, equity and internationalisation. Education is a factor for competitiveness. The current priorities in educational development are to raise the level of education and upgrade competencies among the population and the work force, to improve the efficiency of the education system, to prevent exclusion among children and young people, and to enlarge adult learning opportunities. Special attention is also paid to quality enhancement and impact in education, training and research and to internationalisation.

Background to Finland’s success in education builds on the following:
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Finnish manufacturer teams up with Video Arts to deliver staff training online - HRmagazine.co.uk

Finnish manufacturer teams up with Video Arts to deliver staff training online - HRmagazine.co.uk | Finland | Scoop.it
Finnish cargo-handling machinery manufacturer Cargotec has commissioned Video Arts to create a series of bespoke online learning...
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