The Role of Lutheran Values in the Success of the Finnish Educational System

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Niemi , H & Sinnemäki , K 2019 , The Role of Lutheran Values in the Success of the Finnish Educational System . in K Sinnemäki , A Portman , J Tilli & R H Nelson (eds) , On the Legacy of Lutheranism in Finland : Societal Perspectives . Studia Fennica Historica , no. 25 , Suomalaisen kirjallisuuden seura , Helsinki , pp. 113-127 . https://doi.org/10.21435/sfh.25

Title: The Role of Lutheran Values in the Success of the Finnish Educational System
Author: Niemi, Hannele; Sinnemäki, Kaius
Other contributor: Sinnemäki , Kaius
Portman, Anneli
Tilli , Jouni
Nelson, Robert H.
Contributor organization: CICERO Learning
Department of Education
General Linguistics
GramAdapt
Department of Languages
Publisher: Suomalaisen kirjallisuuden seura
Date: 2019
Language: eng
Number of pages: 15
Belongs to series: On the Legacy of Lutheranism in Finland
Belongs to series: Studia Fennica Historica
ISBN: 978-951-858-135-5
978-952-858-149-2
978-952-858-150-8
ISSN: 1458-526X
DOI: https://doi.org/10.21435/sfh.25
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/312281
Abstract: found in the original principles and practics of the Lutheran religion, which set reading as a basic requirement for both men and women. Our aim is to reflect on how the Lutheran religion and the Finnish educational system have been interwoven. We use path dependence as a paradigm for understanding the course of history of Finnish education and identify three processes as key junctures in the long path of Finnish history from the Reformation to the current Finnish educational system. The first was the influence of Mikael Agricola, the father of Finnish literary language. The second was the establishment of The Royal Academy of Turku, which became fertile breeding ground for the Finnish national awakening. The third was the establishment of the public education system, which was built on strongly religious foundation. A combination of religious values, national identity formation, and respect for education and teachers created the value basis on which the Finnish educational system was established in the 1900s. As Finland has moved towards multicultural education, it remains true that many of its basic educational values, such as equal learning opportunities, derive from its Lutheran history.This chapter analyses how the roots of recent Finnish educational success are found in the original principles and practices of the Lutheran religion, which set reading as a basic requirement for both men and women. Our aim is to reflect on how the Lutheran religion and the Finnish educational system have been interwoven. We use path dependence as a paradigm for understanding the course of history of Finnish education and identify three processes as key junctures in the long path of Finnish history from the Reformation to the current Finnish educational system. The first was the influence of Mikael Agricola, the father of Finnish literary language. The second was the establishment of The Royal Academy of Turku, which became fertile breeding ground for the Finnish national awakening. The third was the establishment of the public education system, which was built on strongly religious foundation. A combination of religious values, national identity formation, and respect for education and teachers created the value basis on which the Finnish educational system was established in the 1900s. As Finland has moved towards multicultural education, it remains true that many of its basic educational values, such as equal learning opportunities, derive from its Lutheran history
Subject: 516 Educational sciences
614 Theology
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by_nc_nd
Usage restriction: openAccess
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