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1 Teacher education in Finland Jouni Välijärvi, professor Finnish Institute for Educational Research University ofjyväskylä FIRSTMATH Phase 1st Meeting Washington, DC, USA June 7-10, 2011

2 University of Jyväskylä founded in 1934 one of the largest universities in Finland total income 176,9 million euros 7 faculties over students staff: about 2 500

3 History of the University of Jyväskylä 1863 Teacher Training College 1912 Summer University 1912 Scientific Library 1918 University Society 1934 University College of Education 1963 Physical Education 1966 University th Anniversary

4 Organization SCIENCE COUNCIL EDUCATION COUNCIL COUNCIL FOR SOCIETAL INTERACTION UNIVERSITY BOARD RECTOR UNIVERSITY COLLEGIUM UNIVERSITY ADMINISTRATION AND SERVICES FACULTIES FACULTY OF EDUCATION 2 departments Teacher Training School FACULTY OF HUMANITIES 5 departments Centre for Applied Language Studies FACULTY OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY 2 departments FACULTY OF MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE 4 departments Konnevesi Research Station FACULTY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES 2 departments FACULTY OF SPORT AND HEALTH SCIENCES 3 departments JYVÄSKYLÄ UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS INDEPENDENT INSTITUTES AGORA CENTER OPEN UNIVERSITY KOKKOLA UNIVERSITY CONSORTIUM CHYDENIUS SECRETARIAT FOR THE FINNISH EDUCATION EVALUATION COUNCIL FINNISH INSTITUTE FOR EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH CONTINUING EDUCATION CENTRE INSTITUTE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH SERVICE DEPARTMENTS UNIVERSITY LANGUAGE CENTRE UNIVERSITY LIBRARY UNIVERSITY MUSEUM INFORMATION MANAGEMENT CENTRE

5 Education policy Equal access to high quality education Free education for all Local national balance No dead-ends Low competition between schools Role of private education small Comprehensive school in the 70s Teacher education into universities

6 Education policy (con.) In the 90s towards decentralisation School-based curriculum Involvement of teachers, students and parent No textbook control, no inspection Free choice of school Calculatory funding, local autonomy Remained centralised Compulsory subjects Time allocation Teacher education, salary system and salaries

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8 Core of the Finnish Matriculation Examination (test in subjects) Mother tongue Finnish Swedish Compulsory for all candidates Foreign language English German French Russian A- or B-level Second national language Swedish Finnish A- or B-level Mathematics Advanced or Basic Humanities and Natural Sciences Physics Chemistry Biology Georaphy Psychology History Social studies Religion (Luth. Or Orthx). Ethics Health Educ Philosophy One of these One test from three boxes have to be selected

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10 Mathematics in upper secondary school Basic math: ## lessons Advanced math: ## lessons Nongraded curriculum Individual programmes

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12 Challenges in math education Self-concept index in mathematics (PISA2003) 0,6 0,4 0,2 0-0,2 USA Denmark Canada Germany Sweden Iceland Finland Norway Korea Japan OECD -0,4-0,6-0,8 Girls Boys

13 Self concept and achivement in mathematics Bottom Quarter Second quarter Third quarter Top quarter Self-concept Japan Finland OECD United States

14 Autonomous teachers culture of trust Highly trusted professionals Master s degree for all High popularity of the profession Highly motivated and multitalented students Culture of trust, autonomy Intelligent accountability Flexibility of models Powerful teacher union 06/07/

15 Novice teachers No formal induction Mentoring In-service education: 5 days/year minimum

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17 3000 Applicants for class t. kindegarten t. programmes (U of Jyväskylä, 2010) Vuosi Luokanopettajan Lastentarhanopettaja

18 250 Applicants for subject teacher programmes (U of Jyväskylä) Vuosi

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28 Department of Mathematics and Statistics Three programmes( credits): Mathematics Statistics Mathematics (teacher education)

29 Double qualification: For class teachers: 60 credits in mathematics -> qulified to teach math on lower secondary For subject teachers: 60 credits in pedagogy -> qulified to teach on primarylevel

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36 Teachers have responsibility Courses to offer Course content Textbooks Assessment policies Disciplinary policies Student admittance School budget Budget allocation Appointing teachers Dismissing teachers Starting salaries Salary increase Finland Japan Percentage of students

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