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Emotion pixies Weepybold, Angrybold, Afraidybold and Happybold help children recognise emotions

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Emotion pixies Weepybold, Angrybold, Afraidybold and Happybold help children recognise emotions

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 >>

The best teachers in the world are autonomous, but not individualists

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The best teachers in the world are autonomous, but not individualists

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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Young people's Finnish identity is open and international in the world of mobility

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Young people's Finnish identity is open and international in the world of mobility

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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Programming, blogs and videos – are these really part of literacy?

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Programming, blogs and videos – are these really part of literacy?

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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