Early Childhood Teacher Education in Finland: An Exploration with Special Emphasis on the University of Tampere
Finland is well known for its high-achieving performance in education. Having teachers of high quality has been a key to the success for the Finns. Although teacher education in Finland has been often discussed on many academic stages, there has not been as much scrutiny of early childhood education and care (ECEC). The purpose of this study is to shine a spotlight on ECEC in Finland through literature review and data collection methods such as interviews and observations. The principal findings are that the high esteem of the teaching profession in Finnish society alongside the full support of the Finnish government creates a strong motivational force that is the cornerstone of the foundation of teacher education in Finland. Furthermore, the ECEC teacher education curriculum is flexible enough to meet the needs of student teachers in different training departments. In addition, day cares in Finland are funded by the government in accordance with ECEC policy and curriculum guidelines. This eliminates any possibility of a gap between the needs of teachers and teacher education. High quality ECEC teacher education in Finland is formed systematically with an atmosphere of social esteem, government support and the motivation of teachers to achieve professional development.
|關鍵詞||幼兒教育、芬蘭、師資培育、early childhood education、Finland、teacher education|