Monday 19 March 2012

Look, Gove! Finnish education comes to London, 29 March


Leading Finnish education experts launch a book in London 29th March 2012. “Miracle of Education: The Principles and Practices of Teaching and Learning in Finnish Schools” is an extensive volume written by over 30 top Finnish education experts.

The publication provides in-depth explanations, answers and reflections about the reasons behind Finland’s consistent success in education. Written in English, the volume is a unique source of insight to the international audience, including policy makers, teachers, researchers and journalists.

It introduces the main features of Finnish education, such as strong equity policy, teachers’ role as autonomous and reflective academic experts, and evaluation policy that aims to improvement rather than ranking. It showcases the results of the long-term investment on education and schooling in Finland.

The book is launched in conjunction with the seminar: “In Teachers We Trust – Explaining the Finnish Miracle”, where Professors Hannele Niemi, Jari Lavonen, Kristiina Kumpulainen, Arto Kallioniemi and PhD, Adjunct Professor Auli Toom - the editors and contributors of the book - discuss education policies and experiences of recent education reforms together with leading British education experts such as Director Emeritus, Professor Geoff Whitty and Professor Andrew Pollard.

The seminar held at the Institute of Education in London 29th March is part of a seminar series “Finns and Education” organised by the Finnish Institute in London, the Embassy of Finland, London and their other partners. The seminar series continues on 30th March with the debate event: “Lessons from the North? Education, Teaching and Schools”.

For more information about the seminar programme, speaksers and the book, please see the websites below or contact Programme Director Jussi Nissilä.

“Finns and Education” seminar series:
“Miracle of Education” book: