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.
Dr Tuovinen spoke about:
- teacher selection – only 10-15% of applicants are accepted and must have achieved 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.