The development of Finnish polytechnic system: perspectives on research


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Author: Luopajarvi, Timo

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Helsinki Polytechnic Stadia (Finland)


The theme for this year’s conference was ‘Vocational education and training systems, what works and why’ and the program was structured around four topics: VET systems; VET in developing countries; VET and economic and social development; and VET and special needs groups. This paper on the Finnish polytechnic system was part of the first topic. When polytechnics were created in Finland at the beginning of last decade, there were both sceptics and eager enthusiasts. It was going to be the educational reform of the last century or at least of the last decade; some felt that it was only an...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Workforce development; Research; Teaching and learning; Vocational education and training; Management; Governance; Providers of education and training

Keywords: Polytechnic; Professional development; Research project; Learning process; Technical education and training; Organisational development; Education and training system; Education and training reform; Teachers

Geographic subjects: Europe; Finland

Published: Kingston, Jamaica: International Vocational Education and Training Association, 2001

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Pages: 12 p

Conference number: 12th

Date: 2001

Place: Montego Bay, Jamaica

Statement of responsibility: Timo Luopajarvi

Resource type: Conference paper

Document number: TD/TNC 68.322

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