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Author Li, Yongjian,
Title Continuing professional development of teachers in Finland / Yongjian Li, Fred Dervin.
Imprint Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.

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Author Li, Yongjian,
Subject Teachers -- Training of -- Finland.
Alt Name Dervin, Fred, 1974-
Description 1 online resource
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note Online resource; title from PDF title page (Ebsco, viewed August 30, 2018).
Contents Intro; Contents; List of Figures; List of Tables; 1 Introduction: Contextualizing Teacher Continuing Professional Development in the 'Miracle' of Finnish Education; Finland's Miracle?; The Broader Picture: Marketization, Branding and 'PISA Hysteria'; A Silenced Achilles' Heel? CPD in Finland; What Is Special About This Book?; Structure of the Book; References; 2 Framing CPD to Understand and Explore the Finnish Context; CPD as a Polysemic Idea; The Importance of Long-Term Reflexivity in CPD; Research on CPD; CPD in Finland: Not Enough Research; References
3 Finnish Initial Teacher Education and CPDCore Curriculum for Basic Education 2014 (2016); The Role of Teachers in the 2014 NCC; The 'Wonders' of Initial Teacher Education as an Answer?; CPD in Finland: A Diachronic Review; Specific Forms of CPD; Mysteries Around CPD?; Impediments to CPD in Finland; Detour I. An Example of CPD Strategy and Practices: The Town of Kokkola (Western Finland); Detour II. Discussions About CPD in Finnish Teachers' Magazine (2017); Pause; References; 4 Data and Methodologies; The Interview as a Research Method
Analysing the Interviews: Dialogical Discourse AnalysisAnalysing the Other Data Sets; References; 5 Providers: Offerings and Critiques; Who Organises CPD?; CPD Offerings; Assessment; ICT, Robotics, Programming; Migrant/Intercultural/Multicultural Education; Multiliteracies; Wellbeing/Psychological Aspects of Education; Working in/with a Community; Working with the New National Curriculum (2016); Pause; The Providers' Voices; Qualifying CPD in Finland; Problems Behind CPD; Providing CPD: Realities and Wishes; Section Epilogue: A Visit to Educa; References; 6 Teachers' Views on CPD
Context: 2017, First Year of ReformRespondents' Experience of CPD; Discourses on VESO-Days; Critiques of CPD; The Need for CPD; Pause; References; 7 Paratexts to CPD: Decision Making, Leadership, Teacher Education and Project Work; Decision-Makers: The NAE; Answering Critical Points: Official Parlance vs. 'Truths'?; Awareness of the Problems with CPD; Views from a Principal; CPD and Teachers; Organising CPD; Views from a Teacher Educator; CPD in Finland: An Eternal Issue; Problems with CPD; Need for Systematic CPD; Project Work; School Leadership Impacts CPD; Lack of Motivation from Teachers
The System Is Cracking Up ... Project Work for CPD; Pause; References; 8 Conclusions; The Play That Goes Wrong?; Recommendations for Finland ... and the World?; Decision-Making Level; Teacher Education Level; CPD Providers; Teachers; For All Actors; References; Afterword: Learning with Each Other in Comparative and International Education; On Comparing and Contrasting China and Finland: Two Different Educational Utopias; Comparing and Contrasting Beyond Quantitative Indicators? The Importance of (Hidden) Contextual Knowledge; Comparing or Contrasting? Towards Difference and Similarity
Summary This book examines continuing professional development (CPD) of teachers in Finland. As one of the best-performing countries in terms of education, the Finnish education system is often revered and held up as an example to follow. However, the authors argue that CPD actually constitutes the Achilles' heel of this 'miraculous' system, demonstrating that in fact it is a victim of contradictory discourses and actions among decision-makers, teacher educators and practitioners. Including extensive interviews from CPD providers, teachers and other educational actors, the authors critically discuss the 'wonders' of Finnish education, in the process debunking various myths created both inside and outside Finland. The authors also call for a new approach to comparative and international education. Based on over 20 years of experience in Finnish education, this pioneering book will be of interest and value to students and scholars of Finnish education, continuing professional development and international education branding more generally.
ISBN 9783319957951 (electronic bk.)
3319957953 (electronic bk.)
9783319957944 (print)
OCLC # 1050163144
Additional Format Print version: Li, Yongjian. Continuing professional development of teachers in Finland. Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, 2018 3319957945 9783319957944 (OCoLC)1039615597

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