An alternative approach to accountability and inspection: evaluation for improvements in Finnish Teacher Education

Hudson, Brian, Leask, Marilyn, Niemi, Hannele and Lavonen, Jari (2020) An alternative approach to accountability and inspection: evaluation for improvements in Finnish Teacher Education. In: Hudson, Brian, Leask, Marilyn and Younie, Sarah (eds.) Education system design: foundations, policy options and consequences. Routledge, Abingdon, Oxon, pp. 184-196. ISBN 9780367203801

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Abstract

The Finnish evaluation policy and QA are based on improvement-led principles. This is frequently called an enhancement-led policy. The main aim is to use evaluations to raise quality in operational processes and to seek efficient and effective ways to achieve high outcomes in teaching and learning. This chapter presents a case study of an enhancement-led quality assurance approach to demonstrate there are alternative approaches to accountability and inspection to those used in England. Moreover, such an alternative approach can be seen to be demonstrably highly effective, as it works well in Finland: one of the most successful education systems in the world. The authors draw attention at the outset to Scotland also having a system of enhancement-led institutional reviews since 2003. The case study focuses on the main structures and processes by which quality in Teacher Education particularly has been assessed at the national, institutional and programme levels in Finland.

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