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Teacher development through language-related innovation in a decentralised educational system (2021)

Moate, J., Lempel, L., Palojärvi, A., & Kangasvieri, T. (2021). Teacher development through language-related innovation in a decentralised educational system. Professional Development in Education, Early online. https://doi.org/10.1080/19415257.2021.1902838

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All authors or editors: Moate, Josephine; Lempel, Liisa; Palojärvi, Anu; Kangasvieri, Tea

Journal or series: Professional Development in Education

ISSN: 1941-5257

eISSN: 1941-5265

Publication year: 2021

Publication date: 21/04/2021

Volume: Early online

Publisher: Routledge

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/19415257.2021.1902838

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Partially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/75208


This study explores how early childhood education and basic education teachers develop and develop innovations within the decentralised educational system of Finland. The comprehensive dataset of 20 field interviews provides a range of insights into teachers’ goals, principles, inspirations and experiences when working with a variety of language-based innovations across Finland. The ecological perspective employed in the study highlights the complex relationships between the different ecosystems of education. With the particular focus on the educator-exosystem relationship, the findings indicate how Finnish teachers respond to the expectation to continuously develop and innovate as key change agents in education. The findings also outline ways in which teachers’ development and innovation is fostered and disrupted within the educator-exosystem relationship. This study highlights the importance of pre-service teacher education in preparing teachers to innovate and to develop within a decentralised educational system. Moreover, this study highlights the need to ensure that the professional repertoire of teachers goes beyond pedagogical considerations to include interpersonal, organisational, critical and reflexive skills that mediate and sustain the development of teachers within the wider ecology of education.

Keywords: teachers; professional development; language teaching; innovations; educational systems

Free keywords: teacher development; innovation; exosystem; language education; finnish educational system

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Reporting Year: 2022

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