Finnish Education in Practice, What, Why and How

(4 Reviews)


Is it possible to combine a stress-free, child-centered approach with top learning results? What do equality and equity, trust, learner-centeredness, teachers’ autonomy, and the happiest country in the world have in common?

  • Author:Johanna Järvinen-Taubert, Päivi Valtonen & Elena Chukhlantseva (Editors)
  • Format:paperback
  • Pages:186
  • Year:2021
  • ISBN:9789918230143
  • Dimensions:245 × 168 cm | 700g
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Published by Kite Group, Malta in collaboration with Learning Scoop, Finland.


The success of the Finnish education system has raised interest around the world. Many teachers, principals and education experts would like to know how this world-famous education system is implemented in practice. What does Finland actually do to achieve such notable success within the field of education?

This book is a practice-oriented insight into Finnish education. It combines the overall description of key topics of education in Finland (what), the rationale behind the typical features of Finnish education (why) as well as practical examples of how these undertakings are implemented in everyday schoolwork (how).

Hop in and get inspired by what you can learn from this educational powerhouse!


Table of Contents

1.The cornerstones of Finnish education


2.   The new Finnish national core curriculum: from why to how

2.1. Designing lessons in Finland

2.2. Activating methods in classroom

2.3. Phenomenon-based learning in Finnish education

2.4. Steam enables cross-curriculum work and co-operation between teachers

2.5. Reinforcing students’ involvement and participation


3. Educational support in the Finnish way

3.1. General support: the first response to a pupil’s need for individual support

3.2. Flexible basic education – the Finnish way of regaining the lost school motivation

3.3. Special support and education arranged by activity areas


4.  Finnish pedagogical leadership

4.1. What are good principals made of?

4.2. Developing positive, constructive operational culture at school

4.3. Shared leadership and team organization in Finnish schools


5. Finnish early childhood education as a foundation for the life-long learning path

5.1. Educating the whole child: getting the balance right

5.2. Partnership with families in early childhood education

5.3. Child’s individual early childhood education and care (ecec) plan: navigating the road ahead

5.4. Child’s space: let’s have a learning environment makeover!


6. What should parents know about their child’s learning – a Finnish perspective


7. Epilogue: the future of education


Publication date: 3 May 2021

Additional information

Weight 700 g
Dimensions 245 × 168 cm

4 reviews for Finnish Education in Practice, What, Why and How

  1. Dr. Mihaela-Viorica Rusitoru

    “The book’s greatest new contribution to knowledge is found in the testimonials of class teachers, special education teachers, principals, assistant principals and trainers and the detailed descriptions of pedagogies in action in the classroom. Finns are not educated for PISA results, but for life, and for this reason, Learning Scoop wants to share, through this book, the wisdom on What, Why and How to better educate learners for a better society in the future! I thus recommend this book to all readers from the four corners of the globe: students, parents, teachers, principals, experts in education, policy-makers and other stakeholders eager to get in a few hours, the main milestones of one of the most successful and joyful education systems in the world!”

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    Dr. Mihaela-Viorica Rusitoru
    Director Centre of Scientific Excellence Group Actissia, Paris France

  2. Ximena Duran Mexico

    “Thank you for sharing your knowledge about Finland’s Education system, and also not only on WHY changes are needed, or WHAT should change but also HOW to do so. May this book become a guide for more teachers and educators who are as well in this journey of making a difference. And hopefully some day all students around the world may have access to high-quality education and training, despite their social and financial background.”

    Ximena Duran

  3. Dr. Poornima Josyula Global Finalist CENTA TPO 2020 | Secondary School Biology Educator | Mental Health Facilitator | Academic Mentor

    Education – a word that has different meanings for every teacher/educator/school principal around the world. However, the underlying variables that remain constant are – ‘the student’, ‘the teacher’, ‘the parent’ (in that order). Finnish Education In Practice – What, Why, and How is a beautifully penned and detailed book which every teacher across the world must read. Every page thoughtfully explains how the Finnish Education keeps the above-mentioned variables as their core. I was amazed to learn how the student’s journey from their early years till their upper secondary years, teacher’s journey from a teacher to a leader and the parent’s journey from a parent to an active facilitator in ensuring their child’s growth – are part of their national curriculum and school practices. The entire concept of pedagogical leadership gave me a different perspective on how leadership in schools or in any educational sector can be looked at. But, reading it once is not enough. The knowledge one gains from this book is immense and deep that you will be tempted to read it again! My heartfelt thanks and gratitude to all the authors of this book for sharing this with the entire world. More power to Finnish education leaders!!

    Dr. Poornima Josyula
    Global Finalist CENTA TPO 2020 | Secondary School Biology Educator | Mental Health Facilitator | Academic Mentor

  4. Tarcisio Zarb, riċensjoni ippubblikata f’It-Torċa

    “Li wieħed jitgħallem-jitgħallem, huwa wisq aktar importanti mill-istess ‘tagħlim’ innifsu, għaliex li inti titgħallem kif għandek titgħallem isir proċess intrinsiku fil-mod kif inti tibni ħajtek, il-mod konjittiv tiegħek, u lill-istess personalità tiegħek kemm meta din tkun waħedha, kif ukoll meta din tkun ma’ ħaddieħor. Il-Fillandja kisbet livell għoli fl-oqsma edukattivi varji, u r-riżultati jidhru u jidhru tajjeb ħafna f’għad ta’ eżamijiet internazzjonali. Għaldaqstant wieħed ma jagħmilx ħażin li jistudja u jidħol fil-fond ta’ dawn il-modi li huma ppreżentati minn din is-sistema ta’ tagħlim-tgħallim. M’hemmx dubju li pubblikazzjoni ta’ dan it-tip tiswa mitqlu deheb għal kull min hu parteċipi, b’mod dirett u indirett f’dan il-proċess tant importanti għall-ħajja tagħna bħala individwi kif ukoll fil-livell ta’ pajjiż.”

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