Sahlberg, Pasi, "The Finnish Paradox: Public Education Within a Competitive Market Economy," pp. 110-130 in Frank Adamson, Bjorn Astrand, and Linda Darling-Hammond, eds., Global Educational Reform: How Privatization and Public Investment Influence Educational Outcomes. New York: Rutledge, 2016.


Pasi Sahlberg


Explains the features of the Finnish educational system that has been completely supported by public funds and has attained top level global status in student achievement while remaining immune to the lure of the Global Education Reform movement with its opposite features of market-mechanisms, standarization of learning, test-based accountability,and neoliberal ideology.

Broad Topical Focus

Curriculum Policies and Policy Making, Curriculum Contexts and Societal Influences

Source Discipline


Mode of Inquiry in the Study

Philosophical Inquiry-Speculative Essay

Type of Study

Single Study

Narrow Topic

Comparative Curriculum, Curriculum and Politics, Freedom/Authority and Curriculum, Curriculum Standards and Testing, Democratic Education, Local Control of Schooling


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