Finnish lessons: increasing equity and opportunity in Australia's education system through research

Dr Pasi Sahlberg

Dr Pasi Sahlberg presents: Finnish Lessons: increasing equity and opportunity in Australia’s education system through research.

28 November 2018 - 28 November 2018
7:30am - 9:30am
Address Details
Parliament of New South Wales, 6 Macquarie Street Sydney

The NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer invites you to join him at The Science & Research Breakfast Seminar with Dr Pasi Sahlberg, the Gonski Institute for Education.

In late 2001, the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment survey first brought Finland to the world’s attention. This small Scandinavian country of five million people placed in the top five nations for mathematics and science, and in pole position for reading.

The Finnish education system was, and is, very different. Formal schooling doesn’t start until age seven, its highly autonomous teachers have master’s degrees and standardised testing is minimised. To Finnish education expert Dr Pasi Sahlberg, that’s a far cry from the pressure-cooker situation in Australia, where NAPLAN and ATAR are king.

The former Director General of the Finnish education system arrived in Australia only last month, to take up a position at UNSW’s Gonski Institute for Education. His mission: to address the growing inequality in our schools, particularly those in remote, rural parts of Australia.

Learn more about Dr Pasi Sahlberg’s vision when he presents: Finnish Lessons: Increasing Equity and Opportunity in Australia’s Education System through Research.

Dr Pasi Sahlberg

Pasi has an extensive career in education, from teaching mathematics and science in Helsinki, to educating teachers and leaders, to serving the World Bank and the European Commission as an education expert. He chairs the Open Society Foundations’ Global Education Board and is a member of the Governing Board of Finland’s University of Oulu, and the International Council of Education Advisors for the Scottish Government. His recent books are Hard Questions on Global Educational Change, Empowered Educators in Finland and FinnishED Leadership: Four Big, Inexpensive Ideas to Transform Education.

His book, Finnish Lessons 2.0: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland, won the 2013 Grawemeyer Award for an idea that has potential to change the world.

Pasi is a recipient of the 2012 Education Award in Finland, the 2014 Robert Owen Award in Scotland, the 2016 Lego Prize and Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Resident Fellowship in 2017.

2018 Science & Research Breakfast Seminar Series

The 2018 Science & Research Breakfast Seminar Series is held in the Strangers’ Function Room at Parliament House of New South Wales, Sydney. Guests are required to undergo routine security screening.

Breakfast, tea and coffee will be served from 7.30am. Seminars will commence at 8am sharp and conclude by 9am. Tea and coffee will also be available afterwards.


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