The Participation Experiences of Chinese Teacher Trainees and Their Finnish Teacher Trainer on an In-Service Teacher Training Program Exported From Finland to China

Suhao Peng, Ritva Kantelinen, Pekka Räihä

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

4 Downloads (Pure)


Purpose:This paper aims to examine the participation experiences of a sample of Chinese teacher trainees and their Finnish teacher trainer on an in-service teacher training program exported from Finland to Beijing, China.
Design/Approach/Method:sSix science teachers from Beijing and their Finnish teacher trainer participated in semi-structured interviews. From the ideological perspective of international education, a total of eight semi-structured interviews were analyzed through qualitative content analysis.
Findings:The results show that all interviewees were highly motivated to learn from the Other's education system and culture. Some participants benefited from a broader understanding of the Self's and the Other's education system, while others did not. The interviewees also described some participation challenges, such as language barriers and practices that readopted learner-centered teaching approaches in Beijing schools. Furthermore, the interviewees mentioned future expectations of more in-depth communication between Finland and China.
Originality/Value; Some recommendations for better training outcomes, improving the quality of participation experiences, and reaching more mutual understandings were discussed at the end of this study.
Original languageEnglish
JournalECNU Review of Education
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 17 Apr 2023
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 1

Cite this