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Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland? Paperback – Nov 15 2011

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press (Nov. 15 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807752576
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807752579
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 15.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
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Pasi Sahlberg, Director General, CIMO (Centre for International Mobility and Cooperation), Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture


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Finnish Lessons: What the world can learn from educational change in Finland. by Pasi Sahlberg
(This review includes many direct quotes from the book)

In the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s changes were made to the education system in Finland, often with much opposition. In 2000 the first Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), organized by the OECD, compared the results of the education systems in the principal industrialized countries. PISA tests 15-year olds and is concerned with the goals and objectives of curricula ... which are increasingly concerned with what students can do with what they learn at school and not merely with whether they have mastered specific curricular content. To everyone's surprise, including the Finns, Finland came out on top. Later PISA and other test results confirmed that it was not a fluke. Educators from other countries have since been flooding to Finland to find out why the Finnish education system has become the envy of much of the rest of the world. This book by Sahlberg goes a long way to explain why and how this came about.

In the 1990s the Big Dream was to make the education system serve social cohesion, economic transformation, and innovation that would help Finland to be a full member of the European Union and remain a fully autonomous nation. So what made it so good? One can list a number of features which are almost certainly relevant. A society with social equality, social justice, and little child poverty, and a school system with a basic 9-year program for all students and a 3-course warm lunch for all students.

However, Sahlberg states, One factor trumps all others: the daily contributions of excellent teachers. all of whom have an MA. Teaching is one of the most sought after and respected professions.
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As someone who has no time for fanaticism or "bandwagons", I found this book to be excellent. In terms of its ability to make me reflect on my teaching practice, as well as the culture in which I teach. Pasi Sahlberg does not preach that we must turn our countries into a mimicry of Finland, but rather explains what has worked for Finland and why. Sahlberg comes across as a moderate, making him much easier to read.
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We have a lot to learn in North America when it comes to how we work together as a nation to educate our children. This book offers a little insight for those who just don't seem to get it!
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As a part-time teacher in the school system, this book has given me hope for the future. A must read for anyone involved in education.
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Very repetitive content and much content mainly interesting to Finns. There is a good 30 page essay here but it is buried in and burdened by the needless bulk of the book. Read an article on the subject and save your time and money.
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