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1 Internationalisation of Teacher Education in JAMK, Finland Jari Aho Senior Lecturer, Intl Coordinator

2 Harri Keurulainen Teacher Education In Finland Universities Universities of Applied Sciences TECs of UASs 5 Vocational teachers Universities 13 Subject teachers Special needs teachers Study counsellors Classroom teachers Early childhood teachers General upper secondary education institutions Upper secondary vocational education and training institutions Basic education institutions Grades 7-9 Grades 1-6 Early childhood education institutions Subject teachers Special needs teachers Study counsellors Early childhood teachers UASs

3 Teacher qualifications in Finland University teachers Study counsellor Special needs teacher Vocational teacher Subject teacher Classroom teacher Early Childhood teacher doctor s or licenciate s degree Teacher s qualification 60 cr study counsellor studies Teacher s qualification 60 cr special needs teacher studies or Master s degree in special needs teacher study programme Bachelor s or master s degree 3 or 5 years of work experience 60 cr pedagogical studies Master s degree 60 cr pedagogical studies Master s degree in classroom teacher study programme (incl. 60 cr. ) Bachelor s degree in early childhood teacher study programme Harri Keurulainen

4 Internationationalisation in TE Multiculturalism and internationalisation in curriculum in Finnish TE programs Internationally oriented teacher education programme since 1984 International student and teacher mobility International projects among partners International Summer School International development projects Education export

5 Harri Keurulainen AIMS OF TEACHER EDUCATION To provide teacher students with: the knowledge and skills to guide and facilitate learning of students and the capability to develop their teaching; taking into account the development occurring in working life and in their own occupational field (Statute on vocational teacher education 357/2003)

6 Harri Keurulainen The curriculum in every teacher education programme is 60 ects credits Programmes are based on mutual competence areas The competence areas for teacher education programmes in JAMK / TEC are: continuous learning development of educational environment facilitating learning cooperation and interaction

7 Internationally oriented TE programme

8 Pitfalls and lessons learned when integrating international components in study programmes Reflections from teacher education students in international groups Multicultural group Societal and cultural issues in education

9 Benefits Improving English skills Learning about Finnish/other educational systems, way of thinking, cultures, tolerance, awareness, interaction Networking Learning of yourself, own culture and actions Competence working abroad or in Finland Preventing prejudice, discrimination, racism Experiential learning about multiculturalism Fun

10 Challenges Language barries Cultural differencies Attitude towards women Different ways to deal with difficulties Needs more time for warm-up, group forming Concept of time, efficiency Different communication cultures Not able to improve Finnish skills Group dynamics and how to facilitate it Multicultural group -> multicultural learning environment

11 Questions From Educational Sociology Is pedagogy a storage of methods or a political tool What is the role of education in the culture and the society? What is the role of the teacher How are general values of the society? What are the hidden agendas involved? Are we using education to create more understading and equality or actually opposite?

12 Danke! Thank you! Kiitos! Jari Aho

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