A1 Journal article (refereed)
Seeking understanding of the textbook-based character of Finnish education (2021)

Moate, J. (2021). Seeking understanding of the textbook-based character of Finnish education. Journal of Education for Teaching, 47(3), 353-365. https://doi.org/10.1080/02607476.2021.1896341

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Moate, Josephine

Journal or series: Journal of Education for Teaching

ISSN: 0260-7476

eISSN: 1360-0540

Publication year: 2021

Publication date: 07/03/2021

Volume: 47

Issue number: 3

Pages range: 353-365

Publisher: Routledge, Taylor & Francis

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/02607476.2021.1896341

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Partially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/74539


This article provides a critical exploration of the textbook-based character of Finnish educational culture. The opening section points to the need to recognize and better understand the role of textbooks in Finnish education. The next section outlines how and why textbooks have become a characterizing feature of Finnish educational culture before addressing different ways in which pupils and student-teachers are socialized into textbook-based practices of schooling. The later sections critically consider the importance of textbooks as part of Finnish education, as well as the implications for educational research, the ongoing development of Finnish education and in particular teacher education. This study suggests that a more clearly explicated understanding of text-based educational cultures is needed to better understand the character of Finnish education and to broaden the lens for theorisations of, as well as practices within, education.

Keywords: schools (educational institutions); educational institutions; education and training; textbooks; educational methods; operations models; school culture; teacher training

Free keywords: Finnish education; textbooks; educational culture; socialisation

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Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2021

JUFO rating: 1

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