Framing CPD to Understand and Explore the Finnish Context

  • Yongjian LiEmail author
  • Fred Dervin


This chapter serves the purpose of framing Continuing Professional Development (CPD) to understand and explore the Finnish context. This is used as a conceptual and theoretical chapter for the rest of the book. We start by problematizing CPD as a polysemic idea, reviewing international research. We are critical of the fact that most of the literature on CPD is Westerncentric and add what we consider to be interesting dimensions from China. The second section is about the importance of long-term reflexivity in CPD. This is followed by a review of current research on CPD worldwide. The ‘natural’ links between initial teacher education and CPD are noted.


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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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