THE ROLE OF RESEARCHERS IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF EDUCATIONAL POLICIES: THE FINNISH LUMA PROGRAMME (1996-2002) AS A CASE STUDY

TitleTHE ROLE OF RESEARCHERS IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF EDUCATIONAL POLICIES: THE FINNISH LUMA PROGRAMME (1996-2002) AS A CASE STUDY
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsLavonen, J, Meisalo, V, Juuti, K
JournalJournal of Baltic Science Education
Volume3
Issue2
Start Page34-42
Date PublishedMarch/2003
Type of ArticleOriginal article
ISSN1648-3898
Keywordsadoption of educational innovations, educational policy, in-service training of science teachers
Abstract

The Finnish LUMA Joint National Action (1996–2002) and related action, organised by the National Board of Education are introduced in general. A number of professional development projects for science teachers have been run through the Department of Applied Sciences of Education at the University of Helsinki in the context of the LUMA programme. Properties that made these projects successful are discussed and compared to previous research on how educational innovations are adopted for general use.
Based on the official LUMA evaluation and our experiences in the PD-projects, some conclusions may be drawn. It is important that enough time be allocated for co-planning the whole project and each phase of the project. Teachers' beliefs, current practices (teaching or learning methods used), and open questions should be identified and discussed during the goal-setting process of the PD-project. Meetings or training situations should be designed together with the teachers and organised in interesting places, such as factories or other places of work where principles can be demonstrated in a practical way. Moreover, the project itself should be run long-term.

Refereed DesignationRefereed