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Testing 3,2,1: What Australian Education Can Learn From Finland: A teachers perspective

Michael Lawrence

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Melbourne Books
16 April 2020
Education
Finnish teachers looked at me as if I was a child molester when I described the NAPLAN tests given to children as young as eight. When they suggested that the results of these tests would lead to increased funding and assistance for those students and schools that did not do well, it was difficult to explain that this was not the case!

My investigation into what made the Finnish system so successful was quickly becoming an inquiry into why my own system was so unsuccessful.

The next few years would see more time in schools in Finland, interacting with Finnish educators at all levels. I immersed myself in education books and dissertations on Finnish education, in addition to countless formal and informal interviews with Australian and Finnish teachers.

How had Australia found itself in this position?

Testing 3,2,1 is the story of how Australian education fell behind the world's best and how Finland came to lead. It is also a guide to how some of Finland's ideas can be used by teachers and schools to begin to reverse the current malaise of Australia's education system.

Essential reading for all Australian educators.
By:   Michael Lawrence
Imprint:   Melbourne Books
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 209mm,  Width: 139mm,  Spine: 15mm
Weight:   252g
ISBN:   9781925556926
ISBN 10:   1925556921
Pages:   176
Publication Date:   16 April 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Michael Lawrence is a school teacher of more than 30 years experience teaching Music, English, History and more from Grade Prep to Year 12, in both government and non-government schools. Whilst his previous book titles have been the definitive music biographies on Cold Chisel and Midnight Oil his visits to Finland with its world leading education system led him to look closely into the Australian system he has been a part of and question just why it has been in decline. Michael lives in Geelong where, in addition to trying to change the Australian education system, he enjoys the surf coast and catching his favourite bands as often as possible.

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