Sunday, 1 November 2009

Finnish perceptions of PISA Success: Previous Research, Part Seven - Teachers

The high quality of teachers has proved itself a salient factor behind Finland's high PISA outcomes.

Teachers have a strong commitment to their work and a high level of training, as all teachers have master's degrees.  Teachers have a low admission rate to teacher training programs in universities.  

Within the profession, teachers have a high amount of trust, respect, and autonomy.  Finnish teachers, regarded as educational experts, have gained the trust in Finnish society to teach the difficult, heterogeneous groups of students.  

For these reasons, teachers and the teaching profession hold high status in Finnish society.  

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