27 Sept 2012: ANUCES: Finnish Lessons. What Australia can Learn from Educational Change in Finland?

Dr Pasi Sahlberg – Director General, Centre for International Mobility and Cooperation

Thursday 27 September 2012 5.00 – 6.00pm

Competition, choice, standardization and privatization of public schools have become common tactics to improve educational performance in Australia and as well as in many other countries. This presentation shows that there is an alternative way to transform education systems and boost learning for all students. It is the way of equity, teacher professionalism, collaborative practice, and trust-based responsibility. Finland is a nation whose schools lack external inspection, prescribed curricula, high-stakes testing, punitive accountability and competition mentality. Yet the Finnish education system consistently ranks among the best in the world in learning achievement, equity of outcomes, accessibility, and efficiency.

This presentation therefore brings a message of hope to those who are losing faith in public education. It reveals some key lessons for Australia by arguing that the transformation of education systems is inevitable if education policies are driven by equity instead of choice, professionalism instead of accountability, and pedagogy instead of technology. What it takes is the right blend of ingenuity, time, patience, and determination.

Pasi Sahlberg is Director General of CIMO (Centre for International Mobility and Cooperation) in Helsinki. He has global expertise in educational reforms, training teachers, coaching schools, and advising policymakers. He has worked with policy and research organizations in Finland and as an educational specialist for the World Bank in Washington D.C., and for the European Commission in Torino, Italy. He sits on the board of directors of the ASCD.

Venue: Embassy of Finland, 12 Darwin Avenue, Yarralumla
RSVP: europe@anu.edu.au by Monday 24 September 2012

Light refreshments will be served following the lecture

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