Shane Horn, USA
Q: What is your name? 
Shane Horn

Q: Where are you from? 
I was born in the U.S. and raised all over the States, but have lived most of my adult life outside of my country-of-origin. 

Q: Why did you decide to pursue the LLEES programme at UTU? 
Finland holds a great deal of appeal for me, not just professionally as an educator, but personally as well. When I began looking at the available master's programmes for international students at Finnish universities, this curriculum stood out the most for me.

Q: What is your favorite aspect of the programme? 
Having a diverse cohort of classmates from all over the world with all sorts of educational backgrounds and experiences adds texture and depth to the learning. Because we're a small programme, many of our classes are small and we receive personalized attention from the instructors as a result. Regarding the curriculum, I've really enjoyed diving into the research aspects of educational science.  

Q: What is your research about? 
Broadly, I'm considering the confounding role of sociocultural variability across education science due to a lack of replication studies. More specifically, I'm looking into the efficacy and contextual transferability of critical thinking skills development at the upper high school level.

Q: How do you think your degree will help you in the future? 
As an international high school teacher, there is increased market value to having a master's degree in terms of the quality schools preferring teachers at this level and many offering greater remuneration. I'm at a stage in my career now where I'm considering more leadership roles such as curriculum coordinator or head of department, and this will help. For me, however, pursuance of the degree was more for the intrinsic value of it than for any sort of tangible benefit.   

Q: What would you say to someone considering studying at UTU?
As with any life decision along these lines, there are multiple factors to consider, but this is one well worth considering.