Monday, October 13, 2008


Data for the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) shows that in the year 2003, 15-year-olds in Finland, scored 1st in reading comprehension, 1st in science, and 2nd in math. (In 2006, they ranked 1st in science, 2nd in reading comprehension, and 2nd math.) What are they doing in Finland that is so special? I've been reading books in Japanese about the "Finland Method". The "Finland Method" focuses on five specific abilities; the ability to come up with an idea, the ability to be logical, the ability to express one self, the ability to think critically, and the ability to communicate.

I'd like to go to Finland and investigate more. But what's the fesibility of reseraching Finland for my dissertation?

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