Helene Hellmark Knutsson visits teacher education programme at Helsinki University

Tomorrow, 21 October, Minister for Higher Education and Reseach Helene Hellmark Knutsson will travel to Helsinki to meet representatives of the teacher education programme at Helsinki University. During the day, Ms Hellmark Knutsson will also visit one of the teacher education programme’s field schools and meet staff, teacher students and pupils. Armi Mikkola, Counsellor of Education at the Department for Higher Education and Science Policy at the Ministry of Education and Culture will also take part in the visit to the field school.

According to figures from the Swedish Teachers’ Union and Statistics Sweden, there is risk of a deficit of 65 000 teachers in Sweden until 2025. At the same time, only five per cent of Sweden’s teachers consider that the teaching profession has high status and only every other teacher would choose the same profession a second time. In Finland, many people apply to the teacher education programme and the purpose of the visit to Helsinki University is to gain insight into and understanding of the attractive Finnish teacher education programme and its field schools.

During the period 2014–2019, a pilot project is under way in Sweden with field schools and field preschools at fifteen higher education institutions. The purpose is to help raise the quality of school-based teaching practice, for instance by strengthening the quality of guidance during the school-based teaching practice and the contacts between a university college and a field school or field preschool.

Programme

10.00–12.30 Visit to Helsinki University

Venue: Siltavuorenpenger 5 A

13.00–15.00 Visit to Viikki Teacher Training School

Venue: Kevätkatu 2

Contact

Maria Soläng
Press Secretary to Minister for Higher Education and Research Helene Hellmark Knutsson
Phone (switchboard) +46 8 405 10 00