Guest lecture: Teachers' Perspectives on Finnish School Education


Teachers' Perspectives on Finnish School Education by Eduardo Andere

Tuesday 30 September 2014 at 13.00 - 15.00
Room 302, Athena, Siltavuorenpenger 3A, University of Helsinki

The event is free of charge, but registration is required.

13.00 Welcome words
Professor Hannele Niemi, University of Helsinki

13.10 Presentation on the book
Dr Eduardo Andere

14.00 Audience Q & A and discussion

About the book
The book provides a thorough analysis of the Finnish education system and its cultural context not only on national level but par excellence on local, school and classroom level. It also privileges the narratives of teachers and principals and shows the material within the framework of the Finnish success education literature.

This superbly researched study offers a chalk-face perspective on the secret of Finland’s educational success. Providing an intimate and revealing portrait of the Nordic nation’s schools and its teacher training system, it sets out to explain why Finland’s students consistently rank top, with low variance and moderate inputs, among OECD countries across the range of criteria, from reading to mathematics. Alongside the detailed analysis culled from many hours of interviews with teachers and principals and dozens of visits to school throughout the country, the author maps the educational landscape of Finland: the sector’s history, culture and development, its guiding principles, methodologies, and learning environments.
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About the author
Dr. Eduaro Andere is an educational analyst and writer on topics of public policy, education policy and comparative education. He is visiting researcher professor at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University.

He holds a PhD in Political Science from Boston College” (1992), and Master’s degrees in Economics and Public Administration from Boston University and Harvard University, respectively. He earned his law degree from “Universidad Iberoamericana” (Mexico City). His Law Degree thesis was awarded the First Prize in Economics by Banamex (today CITIGroup). He is the author of nine books about education, education policy and comparative education.

Dr. Andere is the author of several papers in national and international journals; he is a member of the Mexico’s National System of Researchers, and an international evaluator for the "European Journal of Teacher Education". He is an op-ed columnist at, and contributes with op-ed columns to the national newspaper Reforma.
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