Hva kan norsk skole lære av PISA-vinneren Finland?
During the last decade, we have seen an increasing globalization of the education sector, in particular expressed through the implementation of international tests organized by OECD. First and foremost it is the three-yearly Student Assessments (PISA) in reading, mathematics and science that have made themselves felt in school life, creating a competitive climate not only between schools but also between different countries. At the top of the ranking lists of the participating countries we find Finland; their students do slightly better than the students in Singapore. Paradoxically enough the Finnish people busy themselves less with the PISA Assessments than people in many of the other countries, and have kept OECD’s New Public Management-oriented reform proposals at a distance. All the time the Finns have stuck to their locally based school; the authorities have given the highly educated teachers confidence and professional autonomy. To a great extent this also applies to Singapore. We can learn from these countries, but not by imitating them. Their success is due to a complex interaction of several factors. Only to the extent that we acknowledge this, can we draw from these countries inspiration and guidance for school development in our own country.
(Published: 11 May, 2016)
Citation: Svein Østerud. "Hva kan norsk skole lære av PISA-vinneren Finland?" Nordisk tidsskrift for pedagogikk og kritikk,
Vol. 2, 2016, pp. 1-22. http://dx.doi.org/10.17585/ntpk.v2.119
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