The Rise (and Fall?) of the Finnish Education System (2)

The Fall of Finnish Educaiton System as educational utopia: the emergent discourse in the UK Sahlgren (2014) in her report ‘Real Finnish Lessons: the true story of an education superpower’ revealed some of the recent trends that raise issues about the elevation of Finland to utopia status. There is currently very little evidence to support… Continue reading The Rise (and Fall?) of the Finnish Education System (2)

The Rise (and Fall?) of the Finnish Education System (1)

It has not been uncommon in recent years to look to Finland as an educational utopia. The main argument for this is that as a nation it has often performed very well in international rankings, known as PISA. The PISA survey began in 2001 created by the OECD in response to member countries suggesting a… Continue reading The Rise (and Fall?) of the Finnish Education System (1)

The Everyday Metaphors of Teaching: ‘Guide on the Side’

In my last post, building on Maxwell’s (2015) work, I outlined the inevitability of metaphor in our discourse as teachers and how understanding this in our profession can help us shed light on what our metaphors exaggerate but also hide. I posed two questions: With what metaphors in mind are we to teach? What evidence… Continue reading The Everyday Metaphors of Teaching: ‘Guide on the Side’

The Everyday Metaphors of Teaching: Problems and Solutions

It's an elephant guys - come on. Metaphor is so deeply embedded into the language of teaching that Greene (1973) argues that it would be possible to organise a history of educational ideas around recurring metaphors. As early as 1553, the classical humanist view of educators was as ‘gardeners’ (Rabelias, 1991). Rousseau (1979) saw the… Continue reading The Everyday Metaphors of Teaching: Problems and Solutions