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Culture of teaching in Finnish schools in context of educational change


After the economic recession in the nineties, the Finnish government followed world trends and built national competitiveness policy. Finland has developed a high qual­ity of teachers’ work along with high social trust to this profession at every level of education. Teachers’ profession is as prestigious as the profession of doctors or attor­neys. The article reveals the relationship between the change in Finland’s education policy, so called Alternative Reform Movement and the Finnish culture of teaching.

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Education to participate and engage – Polish traditions and challenges of participation-oriented pedagogy

edukacyjna wobec wyzwań i oczekiwań społecznych (pp. 58-69). Kraków: Oficyna Wydawnicza Impuls. Piekarski, G. (2015). Education to social commitment as urgent task of the modern teacher, In: O. Fleischmann, R. Seebauer, H. Zoglowek, & M. Aleksandrovich (Eds.), The Teaching Pro­fession. New Challenges - New Identities? (pp.157-165).Wien:LITVerlag.Retrieved from: (accessed: October 18, 2018). Prenksy, M. (2001). Digital natives

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Inclusive education for Roma children in Albania and Belarus (legal situation, accessibility, opportunities to learn in own language and support of ethnic identity)

: December 20, 2018). Instruction No. 10, dated 3.4.2015 of the Ministry of Education and Sport. On the content and form of the license of the successful candidate at the state exam for exercising of the regulated profession of teacher. Instruction no. 6, dated 29.03.2006, of the Ministry of Education and Science. On the regis­tration of Roma students who are not equipped with a certificate of birth. International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1966). Retrieved from: http

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Conceptualising professional communities among teachers

): Conceptualis­ing teachers’ practices within a social justice perspective. In Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 36(6), 795-807. Schlichte, J., Yssel, N., & Merbler, J. (2005). Pathways to burnout: Case studies in teacher isolation and alienation. Preventing School Failure, 50(1), 35-40. Skaalvik, E., & Skaalvik, S. (2007). Teacher job satisfaction and motivation to leave the teach­ing profession: Relations with school context, feelings of belonging and emotional exhaustion. Teaching and Teacher Education, 27(6), 1029

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