Phenomenal Learning from Finland


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Phenomenal Learning from Finland




Phenomenal Learning from Finland 

Finland’s PISA results have raised world-wide interest in Finnish schools and teacher education. What will happen next? This book presents Finland’s path to 21st century competences and the exciting concept of phenomenon-based learning. 

The way to globalisation, digitalisation and automation is paved with many challenges. The author states that the Finns will have to raise their valuable school system to a new level and standard. This calls for intensive reforms, both in teacher education and at school. These are challenges that we all share – Europe, Asia and Africa are all struggling with the same questions. 

In order to understand where we are going, it is necessary to see where we are coming from. The story of how Finns made the leap from extreme poverty to a flourishing and equal society may inspire those who are still struggling with their everyday life in countries that are still on their way to a better life. This book celebrates the 100th Independence Day of Finland and reveals some of the country’s secrets for those interested.

ISBN 978-951-37-7308-3
Publisher: Edita Publishing Ltd.


Kirsti Lonka

The author of the book is Professor Kirsti Lonka, PhD, from the University of Helsinki’s Faculty of Educational Sciences. She has worked in many countries on several continents to bring the latest innovations and ideas to Finnish education. She is an international researcher and keynote speaker who has inspired thousands of teachers globally.

  • Professor of Educational Psychology at University of Helsinki, Finland (2005-)
  • Extraordinary Professor, Optentia Research Focus Area, North-West University, Vanderbiljpark, South Africa (2016-2019)
  • Founding member of Teachers’ Academy of University of Helsinki