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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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Teacher Training in Finland: Reflections from a Recent Graduate

Teacher Training in Finland: Reflections from a Recent Graduate | Finland | Scoop.it
Finland believes in high-quality teacher education. Students apply to enter teacher colleges at the end of high school. The small nation’s eight teacher preparation institutions are highly selective. Only one of ten applicants is accepted, based on multiple measures, including an essay, an entry test, an interview, and evidence of a high motivation to teach. In addition to studying liberal arts subjects and the subjects they will teach, future teachers study pedagogy, theory, and conduct research about education. They learn how to teach students with disabilities. They take the study of education seriously. They practice teaching. Preparing to become a teacher takes five years. -Diane Ravitch 
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Taking the study of education seriously and  holding teachers in high esteem in society  just seem to make sense. It isn't the reality in many countries. 

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Helsinki dismisses teacher for using physical force

Helsinki dismisses teacher for using physical force | Finland | Scoop.it

The Helsinki Department of Education has dismissed a teacher at the Alppila middle school over an incident in which the teacher forcibly removed a pupil from the school's cafeteria who was causing a disturbance. The incident has aroused a debate about the right of teachers to use physical force.

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What Makes Finnish Kids So Smart?

What Makes Finnish Kids So Smart? | Finland | Scoop.it
The academic prowess of Finland's students has lured educators to learn the country's secret. What they find is simple but not easy: well-trained teachers and responsible children.
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The selection of teachers in Finland is as strict as that for doctors leaving schools in a very healthy state - Bala - Local news - News - Daily Post North Wales

In the second in our series examining what Wales’ education system could learn from Finland, Graham Henry looks at the role Finnish teachers play upon entering the classroom...

Finnish teaching students are subject to as rigorous a process as doctors go through in the UK before they are put in a classroom.

Last year, from 1,258 applications to enter school teacher training at the University of Helsinki, around 362 were selected for final exams and interviews, with only 123 accepted – an extremely picky applicant success rate of 9.8%.
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West Monroe Fulbright recipient to study education in Finland | The News Star | thenewsstar.com

A former Ouachita Parish teacher has received a Distinguished Fulbright Awards in Teaching grant to conduct research into teacher training and classroom instruction in Finland.

Jennifer Kelly, a National Board Certified reading specialist of West Monroe, is one of 19 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad with the teaching program.
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Does Gender Have a Role in ICT Among Finnish Teachers and Students? - Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research

Does Gender Have a Role in ICT Among Finnish Teachers and Students? - Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research | Finland | Scoop.it
The digital divide between genders and generations in school, i.e., between teachers and secondary school students in Finland, was investigated comparing statistical data in 1999-2000 and in 2002-2004. ICT skills were intertwined with both generation and gender. Teachers were familiar with some traditional applications, students with new applications. Male teachers and students estimated their skills on a higher level than females, but in the second phase, female students' use and competence were close to male teachers'. There was a distinction between low use at school and high use during leisure time. In future, social use of ICT will reduce the differences between users, although the gaps between genders and generations in technical competence will probably remain.
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CMRUBINWORLDAUTHOR - The Global Search for Education

CMRUBINWORLDAUTHOR - The Global Search for Education | Finland | Scoop.it
The Global Search for Education

Finnish teachers talk with Harvard professor Tony Wagner in The Finland Phenomenon
“The Finns had a crisis,” life-long educator, best-selling author, and Harvard professor Tony Wagner explains as we discuss his new film, The Finland Phenomenon, made with acclaimed documentary filmmaker, Bob Compton. “Their economy was failing. Their education system was poor. They knew that to grow their economy, they had to transform their educational system.” Starting with the principle that cooperation is a key pillar of success, the Finns revised their educational framework.
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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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What circumspection! What delicacy of conscience!: Dispatches from Finland: Episode 1

What circumspection! What delicacy of conscience!: Dispatches from Finland: Episode 1 | Finland | Scoop.it
I teach in Finland, but in an international school, not in the Finnish system. As a long-time resident and frequent visitor to Finnish schools, I have a few insights into the Finnish education, um phenomenon? miracle? Whatever.

Here's today's installment:
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Yglesias » Teacher Quality In Finland

They don’t do extensive test-based assessment of teacher performance, but the human capital inputs into the profession are very high quality. It’s not just that their teachers are extensively trained, but admission to the training programs is highly selective—only about 15 percent of applicants are admitted. More broadly, as an important McKinsey report released last year showed, just 23 percent of American teachers are drawn from the “top third” of college graduates. By contrast, in Finland (and Singapore and South Korea) 100 percent of teachers are from the “top third.”
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What Finland can teach Michigan about teacher performance and student attitude - AnnArbor.com

What Finland can teach Michigan about teacher performance and student attitude - AnnArbor.com | Finland | Scoop.it
Finns, my friend says, generally don’t view self-reliance and government investment in public services as being mutually exclusive, as Americans often do.
That may be Finland’s most powerful competitive advantage.
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Racing to Nowhere: What America's Education System Can Learn From Finland - Patch.com

Racing to Nowhere: What America's Education System Can Learn From Finland - Patch.com | Finland | Scoop.it
“The Race to Nowhere," the documentary film by Vicki Abeles about the pressures children face in our current education system. Below is one parent's take on the film. - What does Finland do differently from the United States? A lot. Finland has a high graduation rate, equality in access to education for all students, high scores on benchmark testing, and moderate spending per pupil. Teaching is considered a prestige profession. Only those who are at the top of their class can go on to be accepted to pursue a degree in education. It’s the most competitive field in the country surpassing law, medicine and finance. Not surprisingly then the Finnish people hold educators in the highest regard. They truly are the best and brightest.
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Let teachers teach, say Finns

Let teachers teach, say Finns | Finland | Scoop.it

In the second film in a series, BBC Wales education correspondent Arwyn Jones asks those in power in Finland how they maintain education standards as the country has topped international rankings in the past.

When the last set of Pisa results came out three years ago, Wales had slipped down the tables and is hoping for a better showing in the latest figures next week.

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Finland from a Teacher's Perspective

Finland from a Teacher's Perspective | Finland | Scoop.it

I was asked by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) to write an article comparing the US and Finnish education systems; I was pleased to do so. It took me hours upon hours because I wanted to do justice to the comparison. As you already know, I love Finland, its people, and I love what Finns do for their children. I hope I've captured some of this beauty.

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Finland puts bar high for teachers, kids' well-being - JSOnline

Finland puts bar high for teachers, kids' well-being - JSOnline | Finland | Scoop.it
The Finnish educational approach encompasses engagement and collaboration between teacher and student, a comfortable atmosphere, and the expectation of quality in how students express themselves.
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The Best Resources To Learn About Finland’s Education System | Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day...

The Best Resources To Learn About Finland’s Education System | Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... | Finland | Scoop.it
Finland's education system is touted by many as one of the best, if not the best, in the world, and its students consistently score at or neat the top of international tests ...
Read more: http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2010/12/27/the-best-resources-to-learn-about-finlands-education-system/
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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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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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Reforming Teacher Pay to Attract New Teachers - Forbes (blog)

Reforming Teacher Pay to Attract New Teachers - Forbes (blog) | Finland | Scoop.it
Dana focuses a great deal on the way in which other nations, like Finland, expect a good deal more training and professionalism from their teachers:

Finland, for example, requires all teachers to hold a master’s degree in education and at least an undergraduate major in a subject such as math, science, or literature.
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Overtesting Drives Away the Best Teachers - Room for Debate - NYTimes.com

High-performing nations -- like Finland, Japan and Singapore -- have more cultural differences than commonalities. When you consider those commonalities you have to wonder: Is the United States still located on planet Earth? In the nations that rank highest on the Programme for International Student Assessment, teachers are: respected professionals; trusted by school administrators; given the autonomy to make curricular decisions; planning and assessing in blocks of time built into their weekly school schedule; and encouraged, supported and expected to collaborate to improve instruction.

Who’s getting paid to design these assessments and the materials districts, educators and parents will scramble to purchase to help children prepare for them?
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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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Learning From The Best: Pearson International Education Conference – Helsinki | Profesorbaker's Blog

Learning From The Best: Pearson International Education Conference – Helsinki | Profesorbaker's Blog | Finland | Scoop.it
This September, the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the Pearson Foundation welcomed more than 40 international education leaders to the second annual Pearson Foundation/CCSSO International Conference on Education. The gathering focused specifically on teacher quality and international best practices for identifying, training, and supporting great teachers was convened in Helsinki, Finland, in the hope that this worldwide delegation could learn from Finland’s own success in preparing its K-12 and university educators to meet the demands of an increasingly inter-connected and technologically advanced workforce.
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In Teachers We Trust: An Interview with Finnish Education Expert Reijo Laukkanen | LFA: Join The Conversation - Public School Insights

In Teachers We Trust: An Interview with Finnish Education Expert Reijo Laukkanen | LFA: Join The Conversation - Public School Insights | Finland | Scoop.it
Well, Finland for example doesn't evaluate their teachers, at least according to http://bit.ly/ijcGP0 #edchat...
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Confronting the technological pedagogical knowledge of Finnish Net Generation student teachers - Technology, Pedagogy and Education

Confronting the technological pedagogical knowledge of Finnish Net Generation student teachers - Technology, Pedagogy and Education | Finland | Scoop.it
The research reported here is concerned with a critical examination of some of the assumptions concerning the 'Net Generation' capabilities of 74 first-year student teachers in a Finnish university. There are assumptions that: (i) Net Generation students are adept at learning through discovery and thinking in a hypertext-like manner... http://bit.ly/fP6Wnu)
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