Public Lecture I Prof Pasi Sahlberg, Gonski Institute for Education/School of Education, UNSW

When:5 Mar 2018, 5:15pm - 6:30pm
Venue:UNSW Sydney I Ritchie Theatre, Scientia Building
Who:School of Education
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Presenter: Prof Pasi Sahlberg, Gonski Institute for Education/School of Education, UNSW

Chair: Prof Adrian Piccoli, Director, Gonski Institute for Education/School of Education, UNSW


Equity in education: What we can learn from other countries?

An education system’s excellence – at school, community and state levels – consists of various elements. How well students learn what they are supposed to learn, how many of them successfully graduate and find either employment or further education afterwards, and how much money and other resources are spent on all these outcomes are some of the key indicators when quality of education systems are compared these days. In the past decade or so equity of educational outcomes and equality of educational opportunity have become important descriptors of educational excellence. This talk explains what equity in education means, how it is measured in comparative education policy analysis, what it means in practice, and what we can learn from one another.

About the Presenter

Prof Pasi Sahlberg has just been appointed a professor of educational policy in the School of Education, UNSW, and will be working closely with Prof Adrian Piccoli setting up the new Gonski Institute for Education. Prof Sahlberg is a Finnish educator and author who has worked as schoolteacher, teacher educator, researcher, and policy advisor in Finland and has studied education systems, analysed education policies, and advised education reforms around the world. He has written and spoken widely about these topics, his book “Finnish Lessons 2.0: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland” won the 2013 Grawemeyer Award for an idea that has potential to change the world. He is also a recipient of the 2012 Education Award in Finland, the 2014 Robert Owen Award in Scotland, the 2016 Lego Prize, and Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Resident Fellowship in 2017. He is a former senior education specialist at the World Bank, a lead education expert at the European Training Foundation, a director general at the Finland’s Ministry of Education, and a visiting Professor of Practice at Harvard University. He chairs the Open Society Foundations’ Education Board and is a member of the Governing Board of the University of Oulu and the International Council of Education Advisors (ICEA) for the Scottish Government. His recent books are “Hard Questions on Global Educational Change”, “Empowered Educators in Finland” and “FinnishED Leadership: Four Big, Inexpensive Ideas to Transform Education”.

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