How Finland remains immune to the Global Educational Reform Movement

This presentation describes the birth of the global educational reform movement, which has seen the emergence of an educational reform orthodoxy based on increased competition, more school choice, use of data from standardised tests to determine teacher pay, more prescription, and stronger accountability. Student assessments that measure academic performance at different points of schooling are one of the most visible products of this movement.

In this lecture, Dr Pasi Sahlberg will discuss some of the movement’s key implications, and suggests alternative policies and practices that have kept Finnish education system immune to these global influences. It warns that we should be cautious with the dominant supranational education policy discourses, and questions experiments underway in some of the systems most influenced by the global educational reform movement.