Trust in education

Trust in the school context, especially around the use of technology.

What Queensland can learn from the Finnish education system

Steve Austin from ABC Local Radio in Brisbane today interviewed Dr Juhani Tuovinen, Senior Research Fellow at the Graham Clarke Research Institute in Adelaide. Dr Tuovinen identified some characteristics of the Finnish education system which contribute to Finland consistently ranking highly in OECD testing.

Well, at least up until 2013.  But that’s another story.

PISA

Dr Tuovinen spoke about:

  • teacher selection – only 10-15% of applicants are accepted and must have tumblr_mjreh0bmhs1qa37j0o7_500achieved a Masters degree and have passed psychological testing before they cn be employed as teachers
  • teacher training – which is closely connected with the employing education system
  • taking education seriously – where wider society is prepared to make sacrifices in order to fund the systems and infrastructure needed to make delivering a quality education possible

and my personal favourite

  • collaboration and trust between stakeholders

This trust means that all stakeholders have the same goal – to place the students’ interests at the centre of their decision making rather than their own political agendas.

Photo credits:

http://www.wikiprogress.org/index.php/Programme_for_International_Student_Assessment

http://joehillsthrills.tumblr.com/post/77315635212/wilwheaton-keepcalmandsuperwholock

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