Introduction: Contextualizing Teacher Continuing Professional Development in the ‘Miracle’ of Finnish Education

  • Yongjian LiEmail author
  • Fred Dervin


The introduction explains why this book is important. It first introduces Finnish education in general and details what has made the Nordic country one of the top performers in global rankings. As a consequence of its success and the global interest, Finland has started ‘selling’ educational services around the world. This form of marketization is discussed and we explain that it often leads to ‘white lies’, ready-made uncritical discourses about Finnish education. We then propose three different continua of ideology, policy and pedagogy to approach Finnish education. We argue that the Continuing Professional Development of teachers in Finland—a topic that remains under-researched—can help us identify some of the myths about Finnish education and show that the Nordic country is not as performant as it is often presented. The end of the introduction provides details on the structure of the book.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of EducationUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland
  2. 2.Department of Teacher EducationUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland

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