Keskiviikko 24.3. klo 10
Teacher Education: LECTURE
Testing 3,2,1: What Australian Education Can Learn from Finland: A Teacher’s Perspective
Michael Lawrence, Australia
Miksi Michaelin luennolle kannattaa osallistua? Mikko Turunen, lehtori, projektipäällikkö:
Testing 3, 2, 1: ”What Australian Education can Learn from Finland”
When Australian educator Michael Lawrence visited Finland to take a look at their world-leading education system, he came away in a state of shock:
‘Finnish teachers looked at me like I was a child molester when I described the NAPLAN tests given to children as young as eight. With stunned expressions, they asked why Australian teachers allowed this to be done to such young children. They then suggested that (of course!) the results of these tests would lead to increased funding and assistance for those students and schools that did not do well.’
There was no reasonable answer to this.
The next few years would see more time in Finland interacting with Finnish educators at all levels. Dozens of education books were read, dissertations on Finnish education and Finnish teacher education, in addition to countless formal and informal interviews with Australian and Finnish teachers followed. How had Australia found itself in this position? Why?’
Testing 1,2,3 is the story of how Australian education fell behind the world’s best and why Finland came to lead. It is also a guide to how some of Finland’s ideas can be used by teachers and schools to begin to reverse this.