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1 Education in Finland

2 University of Jyväskylä founded in 1934 one of the largest universities in Finland London Berlin total income 176,9 million euros Paris 7 faculties Madrid Rome Athens 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

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5 Faculty of Education Staff 300 (incl. 100 in Teacher Training School) 20 professorships 2400 students Four departments: Education Early Childhood Educ. Special Education Teacher Education Teacher Training School Institute for Educ. Leadership 2005

6 Teacher Opettajankoulutus Education in the Faculty Kindergarten teacher Primary school teacher (class teacher) Special education teacher School/Study counsellor Subject teacher Principals Adult education teachers Sign language primary teachers and subject teachers

7 Early Childhood Education and Care In kindergartens or family day care Day care & early childhood education Based on a curriculum children are not actually taught Domain of Ministry of Social Affairs and Health Not free of charge; costs /month About children under 7 in Finland, about 50% use day care services

8 Pre-School Education Voluntary, free of charge Most children ( ca. 97 %) attend 6-year-olds About 4 hours a day Either in schools or kindergartens Not school no actual teaching Curriculum based Latest researches show very positive results on learning e.g. numbers, letters, etc.

9 Basic Education Grades primary lower secondary 7-9 Ages 7-16 Compulsory Free of charge About 99,7 % of the age group complete

10 Basic Education Primary School (grades 1-6) - teaching carried out mostly by primary teachers, class teachers Some subjects taught by subject teachers, e.g. languages, music, crafts, PE

11 Basic Education Lower secondary school (grades 7-9) - teaching carried out by subject teachers; i.e. different teacher for each subject

12 Secondary Education Upper Secondary School, high school years - matriculation examination Vocational Education - vocational institutes - 3 years, 120 credits - apprenticeship training Possible to combine; in Jyväskylä about 500 students doing the so-called double degree i.e. vocational qualification + matriculation examination

13 Higher Education Universities (21) - Master s degrees, PhD -research Universities of Applied Sciences, polytechnics (31) - Bachelor s degrees (+ Master s) - more pragmatic, e.g. nurses, engineers, occupational therapists, etc.

14 Life-long learning Adult Education Basic education upper secondary evening schools adult vocational education open universities etc.

15 Education Policy in Finland Equality of education has a high priority Education for all 140-year-old tradition Comprehensive school 1970 Well-educated parents promotes motivation for life-long and life-wide learning Social and regional equality 2007

16 Teacher Education in Finland Teacher s profession has a high status Popular fields of study high graduation level of enrolled teacher students (ca 6000 applicants for primary teacher education in 2007) Master degree necessary also for primary level teachers Integration of theory and practice (Teacher Training school) Pedagogical knowledge and subject knowledge integrated Teachers are life-long learners Teacher education is research-based 2007

17 Departments of Teacher Education in Finland 10 Departments of Teacher Education in addition 1 for Adult Students (Kokkola) and 1 for Swedish speaking students (Vaasa) Regional policy - the 1960 s new universities - filials in the 70 s and 80 s New Ministry of Education report: number of DTEs reduced Vaasa Kokkola RaumaTampere Turku Rovaniemi Oulu Jyväskylä Kajaani Hämeenlinna Helsinki Joensuu Savonlinna

18 Faculty of Education Staff 300 (incl. 100 in Teacher Training School) 20 professorships 80 lecturers 9 senior assistants 12 assistants 2400 students 170 doctoral students Two departments: 1) Department of Educational Sciences: Early Childhood Educ. Special Education Education/Adult Educ. Institute of Educ. Leadership 2) Department of Teacher Education =============== Teacher Training School 2007

19 Teacher Education in the Faculty of Education Kindergarten teacher Primary school teacher (class teacher) Special education teacher School/Study counsellor Subject teacher Principals Adult education teachers Sign language primary teachers and subject teachers

20 Teachers qualifications Kindergarten (0-6 yrs) Kindergarten teachers (BA) Optional pre-school Kindergarten teachers (6 yrs old) or class teachers (MA) Comprehensive school, Class teachers and 9 yrs Subject teachers (MA) Upper secondary school, Subject teachers (MA) 3 yrs 2007

21 Primary School Teacher (from grade 1 to 6) Bachelor s (180 ECTS) and Master s Degree (120ECTS) Language and Communication Studies 25 Basic Studies in Education 25 Intermediate Studies in Education 35* Advanced Studies in Education and Master s Thesis in Education 80* Multidisciplinary School Subject Studies 60 Minor Subject Studies 60 Optional Courses 15 Total 300 ECTS credits *Including 10 ECTS credits Teaching Practice **Including 16 ECTS credits Teaching Practice 2007

22 Minor Subject Studies in Multicultural Education Minor subject 25 ECTS credits 5 courses (1 teaching practice) Topics on culture, identity, global world, diversity, different learners, teaching multicultural groups, Finnish as a 2nd language, etc. Optional courses on e.g. multicultural music, arts and crafts

23 Teachers Pedagogical Studies for Subject Teachers Basic Studies in Education 25 ECTS credits, including teaching practice 5 cr. Subject Studies in Education 35 ECTS credits, including teaching practice (5 cr. + 7 cr. + 3 cr.) Studies in total 60 ECTS credits 2007

24 Study Counsellor Education Master s Programme (120 ECTS credits) Separate Studies (60 ECTS credits) In-service training (6 + 6 ECTS credits) Post-graduate studies

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