Finland, PISA, and the Implications of International Achievement Studies on Education Policy

Chung, Jennifer H. (2010) Finland, PISA, and the Implications of International Achievement Studies on Education Policy. In: Wiseman, Alexander W., (ed.) The Impact of International Achievement Studies on National Education Policy. International Perspectives on Education and Society, 13 . Emerald, Bingley, pp. 267-294. ISBN 9780857244499

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Abstract

Finland's performance in PISA has created considerable interest in the country's education system, to ascertain what has made Finland so successful in the survey. In reference to the phenomenon, this chapter discusses cross-national attraction, policy borrowing, the effect of Finland in PISA, and its influence on education policy. This chapter explores at length the theoretical background of cross-national attraction and policy borrowing, also investigating cases that have already occurred. It discusses Finland's role as the new object of cross-national attraction and eventual policy borrowing. The chapter incorporates research into the reasons for Finland's success in PISA, the possibilities of policy transfer from Finland, and delves into the likelihood of policy implications as a result of Finland in PISA. This cross-national attraction denotes the first stage in policy borrowing; however, comparative educationalists, for years, have warned about the uncritical transfer of education policy. Research in Finland has revealed many reasons for the country's PISA success stem from contextual factors: those related to historical, cultural, societal, and political features of Finland. Therefore, policy borrowing from Finland needs to heed warnings of past comparativists. The new phenomenon of Finland in PISA has generated much curiosity from those in education, educational policy, and politics. Policymakers are keen to incorporate Finland's educational features into their education systems. PISA and Finland's performance in the survey influence educational policy. This illustrates the importance the warnings of past and present comparative educationalists in order to prevent uncritical policy borrowing.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 370 Education
300 Social sciences > 379 Public policy issues in education
School/Department: School of Management and Social Sciences
Depositing User: Jennifer Chung
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2012 19:41
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2012 19:41
URI: http://research.stmarys.ac.uk/id/eprint/276

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