Research-based teacher education in Finland
Reflections by Finnish teacher educators
Jakku-Sihvonen, Ritva; Niemi, Hannele
Finnish Educational Research Association / Suomen kasvatustieteellinen seura
Research in educational sciences / Kasvatusalan tutkimuksia (25)
Finnish society has a very positive attitude to education. Learning and education are considered as an important resource to a small country during the whole national history. Teachers are professionals who play key role in promoting lifelong learning and preparing citizens for the future.
The basic qualification for primary and secondary school teachers is Master's degree. Teacher education for comprehensive school teachers and upper-secondary school teachers as well as for those teachers, who teach general subjects in adult education and vocational education, is provided at eight Finnish universities around the country.
Teacher education at universities has been reformed as a part of the Bologna process during 2003-2006. In this book teacher educators explain the new teacher education and the national networking process for renewing the curricula of education and teachers' pedagogical studies. Furthermore, professors from different Finnish universities reflect on their innovative ideas of educating student teachers and the challenges for developing further research-based teacher education.