Beginning in 2001, Finland’s students have achieved relatively high scores on the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). Finland’s reputation encouraged educational leaders from around the world to seek the transference and application of educational knowledge into their native context. In order to better understand the mental processes involved in cross-cultural transfer of Finnish educational knowledge, the researcher conducted a qualitative phenomenological instrumental case study of Finnish educational success. Five Finnish educational leaders and three visiting educational leaders seeking transfer were interviewed. Ten documents of first-hand accounts concerning the phenomenon of Finnish educational success and transfer were analyzed, and a self-reflective journal of the experiences and observations of the researcher as participant within the country of Finland as a visiting university student were utilized for the collection of data. The synthesis of the data revealed that Finnish educational success and its transfer are often viewed by educational leaders through a holistic and integrated lens, and the possibility of wholescale transfer is questioned. However, through cooperative reform, transformational experiences, and inspirational partnerships at home and internationally, educational development that emulates Finland’s appears possible.
|Commitee:||Bagwell, Janell, Kopp, Kevin|
|Department:||Educational Leadership in Curriculum & Instruction|
|School Location:||United States -- Missouri|
|Source:||DAI-A 80/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Educational tests & measurements, Educational sociology, Educational leadership|
|Keywords:||Achievement, Culture, Finland, Inspiration, PISA, Transfer|
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