‘Human rights and democracy are not self-evident’ : Finnish student teachers’ perceptions on democracy and human rights education
Kasa, T., Rautiainen, M., Malama, M., & Kallioniemi, A. (2021). ‘Human rights and democracy are not self-evident’ : Finnish student teachers’ perceptions on democracy and human rights education. Human Rights Education Review, 4(2), 69-84. https://doi.org/10.7577/hrer.3937
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This article discusses democracy and human rights education (DHRE) in Finnish teacher education, drawing on existing literature, curricula and a survey of student teachers’ perceptions. Earlier studies suggested that DHRE in Finnish teacher education is unsystematic, implicit, and dependent on the teacher’s individual interests. These studies highlight a sense of national exceptionalism, where DHRE is assumed to be self-evident. In 2019, we conducted a survey of student teachers (n=300) in one university. Data content analysis reveals that student teachers now see DHRE as relevant and timely, and by no means self-evident. Student teachers believe that DHRE needs to be explicit and part of their professional education. Although the Finnish national curriculum addresses DHRE explicitly, there is a lack of implementation and explicit DHRE teacher education. We contend that the data reflects societal change, and that the notion that democracy and human rights are self-evident needs to be challenged in Finland. ...
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Additional information about fundingThis work was carried out as part of the Human Rights, Democracy, Values and Dialogue in Education: The Development of Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education in Teacher Education 2018–2021 -project.
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