Fruitful discussions on equality with members of the Parlament of Finland

By on 05.05.2017 in Public dissemination

Members of the Finnish Parlament’s Education and Culture Committee invited a group of JustEd members to a briefing in early May. The Committee members are to formulate a vision on the future of the Finnish compuslory school, and they were eager to hear about current research on equality in education from the Nordic Centre of Excellence JustEd.

Gunilla Holm and Fritjof Sahlström. Foto: NordForsk/Terje Heiestad

Gunilla Holm and Fritjof Sahlström. Foto: NordForsk/Terje Heiestad

“We gathered a small group consisting of JustEd members Gunilla Holm, Sonja Kosunen, Jaakko Kauko and myself, and a colleague of mine at Åbo Akademi, Johan Korhonen, and prepared a compact package of information” says JustEd team leader Fritjof Sahlström.

The meeting started with short presentations of current research on equality in education in Finland and the Nordics on a policy level, diversity and equity in the curricula and teacher education, Nordic perspectives on equality in PISA, research results on school choice and how it affects equality in education, and inclusion and social justice in the classroom.

“We presented a broad palette of the essential research done within JustEd on school and equality, and discussed these issues thoroughly with the Committee members. They seemed very interested, and invited us to continue disussing later this year,” Fritjof says.

“All in all, it was a good afternoon.”

 

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