Our trainings and other services are aimed at teachers and professionals willing to develop their pedagogical skills, to improve students' well-being, or to find new insights into educational leadership.
The Finnish education system has excelled in various international rankings. For several years Finland has been one of the best performing countries in PISA tests, and awarded also e.g. for excellent literacy skills and teaching of future skills.
The learning outcomes of the Finnish schoolchildren are outstanding. But that is not the whole story. In Finland, efficient learning is combined with the least possible amount of stress. As a result, well-being of students is excellent, and they are motivated to learn.
Superb teacher training
At the heart of our success are highly trained teachers. Teacher profession in Finland is respected and sough-after, leading to motivated teachers with excellent skills for supporting students’ learning. An important part of teacher training in Finland are teacher training schools, where students get to practice their pedagogical skills in the supervision of mentoring teachers. Thus, when graduated, they already have a wide experience of teacher profession.
Our expertise in the Faculty of Education
The University of Turku’s Faculty of Education consist of the Department of Education and the Department of Teacher Education, located on two campuses, in Turku and Rauma, as well as of two teacher training schools.
In the Faculty of Education, one of the main strategic focus areas of education and research is future competences. We are especially proud of our knowledge in our focus areas:
- teaching and learning – future competences
- education in a changing society – equality and justice
- teacher education and continuous learning – supporting expertise
Our trainings, visits and programmes offer you insight to our expertise in for example:
- STEM education (e.g. pedagogics in Mathematics and ICT)
- early childhood education and teacher education
- curriculum development
- pedagogical leadership
- 21st century education (e.g. phenomena- and project-based learning) – Map model for teaching and learning
Our study visits and training programmes that include observations and evaluative discussions in an authentic school environment are done with the Faculty’s Turku Teacher Training School (Turun normaalikoulu) and Rauma Teacher Training School (Rauman Normaalikoulu) and in collaboration with Turku International School and Early Childhood and Teacher Education Centre (ECTEC) Rauman pikkunorssi.
Stop to bullying
One of our flagship products is KiVa School, an antibullying program with proven track record. KiVa programme provides teachers with tools for preventing bullying, intervening in possible bullying incidents as well as monitoring the situation. KiVa is based on research carried out at the University of Turku, and the programme is currently used in over 15 countries around the world.