A touchstone of Finnish curriculum thought and core curriculum for basic education: Reviewing the current situation and imagining the future

Liisa Hakala, Tiina Kujala

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Abstract

Abstract Pandemics, like other global challenges, are unquestionably curricular issues. They are curriculum issues not only because of the disrupting consequences of Covid-19 and the economic and social crisis alike but also because people have, through their own activities, contributed to global catastrophes and perpetuated injustices. This article attempts to answer the question: How does Finnish curricular thought, including the role of the teacher and the core curriculum for basic education, respond to the various global crises? While reviewing the current situation, the article also imagines a post–Covid-19 curriculum. Reactivating what is still powerful in Bildung/Didaktik and emphasizing the importance of education’s ethical dimension and the teacher’s role as a curriculum theorist offer the means for dealing with the theme. In addition, understanding the structure of the
National Core Curriculum document, the political dimension of the Finnish curriculum’s design process, and the educative possibilities in subjects and multidisciplinary modules, the teacher is capable of creating opportunities for educational experiences that are (ethi-cally) significant for students, proactively and in terms of crises.
Original languageEnglish
JournalProspects
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 4 Mar 2021
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • Covid-19 · Global crisis · Bildung/Didaktik · Curriculum · Curriculum design · Finland

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 1

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