, Volume 58, Issue 5, pp 709-710
Date: 15 Nov 2012

Finnish lessons: What can the world learn from educational change in Finland?

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Providing a thorough analysis of Finland’s economic, social and policy decisions, Finnish Lessons by Pasi Sahlberg, demonstrates how Finland became one of the top nations in the world academically. Having worked in all aspects of the Finnish education system – as a teacher, teacher educator and policy maker –, Sahlberg currently holds the position of Director General of the Centre for International Mobility and Cooperation (CIMO) within the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture. In this book, Sahlberg reviews the history of Finland’s system of education, including both events which impacted on Finland and world events which encouraged Finland to look beyond its current system of education to the future. Throughout Finnish Lessons, Sahlberg points out the importance of maintaining the Finnish traditions of equality for all, creativity and autonomy.

Finnish Lessons consists of five chapters, starting with a historical account of precipitating events after World War II that caused Finn ...