Digitalisation concerns closely educational organisations, studying and learning. It offers various new opportunities for the organisation of education and learning. At the same time it also brings obligations and challenges to education providers. In our study we examine the accessibility of study-related digital operation and learning environments. By joint projects involving universities and other higher education institutions, we also seek to increase the pedagogic and technical expertise of their staff. Along with digitalisation the future learning environments will be more diverse than before. In teaching it is important to guarantee for all learners an equal access not only to classrooms but also to digital... Read more >>
How do you feel when you're sad? Where in your body you feel the sorrow? What does help you when you're feeling sad? Children consider these questions in kindergartens with emotion pixies Weepybold, Angrybold, Afraidybold and Happybold. Emotional competencies, i.e. identifying, recognising and controlling one's emotions, develop in social interaction with other people. There are several intervention programmes designed for children's social-emotional development, one of which is Papilio, a programme for preschool education. It is currently under study at the Department of Education in the University of Jyväskylä. Read more >>
Finnish teachers are known as the best in the world. But what makes a good teacher? One characteristic feature is professional autonomy: teachers make decisions on the basis of their own rational thinking and professional ethics. In such cases we can speak about strong, communal autonomy. Teachers' work, including their professional autonomy, is a major research area of the Finnish Institute for Educational Research (FIER). In this area FIER is collaborating with Finnish universities, including also the Universities of Applied Sciences of Finland. FIER is also an internationally recognised centre of teacher education research.
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Finnish identity among today’s young people is more diverse than in previous generations. Mobility and internationalisation are reflected in how the young people define their Finnish identity. An increasing number of families are multicultural, and children identify themselves also with their parents’ cultural and national background other than the traditional Finnish one. There are thus many ways to be and live in Finland. This diversity brings challenges to school’s traditional mission of citizenship education: to support students’ national identification and growth as a citizen in the modern world.
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Literacy requirements are changing along with the changing world of texts. Technological development, in particular, has set new demands for reading and creating texts. Literacy is no longer just an ability to read and write verbal texts but there is also a demand for the ability to product and use visual and auditive contents of the diverse media world by means of modern technologies. Therefore, also competence assessments need to change accordingly.
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