Education and cooperation at the border of Finland.. (Education and cooper..)
Education and cooperation at the border of Finland and Karelian Federation. The challenges of upper secondary education in East Finland and the Republic of Karelia
Start date: May 31, 2005,
End date: Mar 30, 2007
The purpose of the project was to strengthen the Finnish-Russian research cooperation and expand it in the fi eld of education research by jointly compiling reports about the situation of the education sector and its pressures to change in East Finland and the Republic of Karelia. The focus of attention was upper secondary education and its cooperation opportunities between East Finland and the Republic of Karelia. The idea was to create a competent overview about the education network and institutes of upper secondary education. The situation of education and curricula would be compared with the economical outlook of the area and possibilities made available by the new kind of cross-border cooperation. Achievements: The project reviewed various educational systems and needs with the help of Finnish and Russian researchers. The researched surveyed, in particular, the state of upper secondary education and institutes – high schools and vocational training – and the requirements for cooperation. In the border district, data were collected with questionnaires and interviews and by utilising documents, statistics and plans of the Finnish National Board of Education and newspaper material. Locally, on the other hand, development outlooks, challenges and operational prerequisites were researched with case studies and examples of educational institutes. The focus of attention was in cooperative opportunities between East Finland and the Republic of Karelia, experiences on cooperation, the advantages and disadvantages as well as future challenges. In Russia, the educational domain was surveyed, along with document and statistical data, by interviewing officials of the educational authority. Work was undertaken in case studies both in Petrozavodsk and in the border cities of Sortavala and Kostomuksha. The Karelian Research Centre and the Petrozavodsk State University participated jointly with the Ministry of Education and Youth Affairs of the Republic of Karelia in the implementation of the survey in Russia. The research laid out an overview on the education network and institutes of upper secondary education in the Republic of Karelia. The education and curriculum plans were compared with the economical outlook of the border area and possibilities made available by the new kind of cross-border cooperation. By researching and publicising the outlooks of the Russian educational system, the project helped in laying foundations for the development of a new type of Finnish-Russian educational cooperation. The Karelian Institute of the Joensuu University and the Department of Sociology were in charge of the Finnish part of the research. The most important transformation needs of education were researched by interviewing the responsible authorities and key figures in education as well as by utilising education discussions in the newspapers. At the same time, special attention was paid on occupational education, its present state and future outlook in light of statistics. In East Finland, an extensive survey was also carried out about the Russian cooperation of upper secondary education institutions and the present state of Russian language studies. The book Oppia rajalla (Learning on the Border) was published as a result of the project in Finnish and Russian.
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