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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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