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Finland: Education for the edu-Nation

This is part one of a seven part article series with Professor Jari Lavonen, professor of physics and chemistry education and Head of the Department of Teacher Education at the University of Helsinki in Finland. In this series he will discuss how the Finnish education system has come to be known as one of the best in the world, how Finland supports and develops its teachers, the skills children should learn and when they should learn them, things Australia could learn from Finland, the roles of entry requirements in selecting the best teachers, the impact of cultural attitudes, and the current renewal of the teacher education system in Finland.
The rest of the series will be published on the embassy website: www.finland.org.au
How is it that the Finnish education system is the best in the world?
This question could be answered in many ways. However, there is no right system for governing education. This is because education is very contextual and many topics, like parents, history, and e…

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