Introduction to the Finnish Education System
Recognise the key elements of the Finnish education system
Finland has a unique educational model, incorporating pedagogy of play and joy in early years, and increasing the responsibility and autonomy of students in later years. This, along with its acclaimed teacher training practices, means it is often looked at as one of the top schooling systems in the world.
On this three-week course from the University of Jyväskylä, you’ll delve into the structural and organisational features of Finnish education.
From daycare centres and schools to higher and adult education, you’ll explore the key elements of Finland’s schooling system to understand what makes it so exceptional.
Explore the pedagogy behind the theoretical principles and practices
You’ll examine the methods of assessment, teaching style, and schooling structure in Finnish schools.
Through this, you’ll learn about the pedagogy that drives the educational principles and practices designed to position students for success.
Delve into the special education support system for learners of different levels
A central driving force of Finnish education is the belief in equal opportunity.
On this course, you’ll be exposed to the support systems offered to teachers as well as those offered to lower-achieving students or learners with special needs. You’ll explore the methods of support and be equipped with skills to utilise them within your own field.
Study with the teaching and education experts at the University of Jyväskylä
With the guidance of the University of Jyväskylä’s experts, you’ll have access to top-tier Finnish educational methodology.
This knowledge from one of the world’s best educational systems will empower you to influence educational thinking and practices for the better.
Learning on this course
If you'd like to take part while our educators are leading the course, they'll be joining the discussions, in the comments, between these dates:
- 2 Oct 2023 - 4 Oct 2023
On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...
- Describe the fundamental elements of Finnish education
- Explain the meaning of structural and organisational features of education in different levels of education and schooling
- Discuss key theoretical principles and pedagogical practices
- Explain how students' learning processes, well-being and transitions are supported
- Compare a familiar education system with Finnish education system
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for teachers, ECE personnel, or childcare workers interested in education and educational systems.
It will also be of interest to those developing educational thinking and practices on a personal level or within a school system.
Who developed the course?
Unique and international. Innovative and dynamic. Warm and cool. Located at the heart of Finland, the University of Jyväskylä is a world-class university where cross-disciplinary and cutting-edge research meets open and energetic communality. We bring together education and psychology, natural sciences, humanities and social sciences, sport and health sciences, information technology and business and economics into a multidisciplinary whole brimming with the latest knowledge and skills.
World rankingTop 360Source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021
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