Continuing Professional Development of Teachers in Finland

  • Yongjian Li
  • Fred Dervin

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Yongjian Li, Fred Dervin
    Pages 29-42
  3. Yongjian Li, Fred Dervin
    Pages 43-82
  4. Yongjian Li, Fred Dervin
    Pages 83-88
  5. Yongjian Li, Fred Dervin
    Pages 89-114
  6. Yongjian Li, Fred Dervin
    Pages 115-128
  7. Yongjian Li, Fred Dervin
    Pages 157-170
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 171-214

About this book


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.


Professional development Teacher development CPD Initial Teacher Education ITE Finland

Authors and affiliations

  • Yongjian Li
    • 1
  • Fred Dervin
    • 2
  1. 1.School of EducationUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland
  2. 2.Department of Teacher EducationUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-95794-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-95795-1
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