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Our Focus Field – Educational Innovation

05.12.2017 16:11:52

Estonia has one of the strongest education systems among all OECD countries, with above-average results in PISA and almost universal access to pre-primary education. The rate of educational attainment at the secondary level is among the highest in the EU and OECD areas, while the proportion of adults holding a tertiary qualification is above the OECD average (OECD 2016).

Tallinn University is one of the organisations shaping Estonian education system by preparing and training teachers. One of our focus fields is educational innovation and our aim is to support the development and implementation of the 21st century learning culture in the Estonian educational sphere. The university integrates the study and research fields of educational sciences, teacher education, non-formal and informal learning and supporting services of education in order to support lifelong learning of a person in a versatile and wholesome manner.

The Tallinn University School of Educational Sciences is responsible for coordinating the teaching, research and development activities in the field of education. We are also responsible for the academic sustainability in the field of education both in Tallinn University and Estonia in general. The School of Educational Sciences is the oldest academic subunit in Tallinn University, with our doctoral school being the largest teacher education and educational sciences institution in Estonia on a doctoral level.

Among 5 Centres of Excellence of Tallinn University, the purpose of the TU Centre of Excellence in Educational Innovation is to develop an interdisciplinary research field that focuses on innovative and evidence-based teacher education, school management and educational policy. The Centre has been created under the aegis of the Cross-Border Educational Innovation through Technology-Enhanced Research (CEITER) project, which is financed from the European Commission ERA Chair measures.

Our professors and researchers are actively sharing their knowledge and information in many different international projects as well as being actively invited to conferences. The conflict between a fast-changing society and a largely traditional school system has become a serious obstacle for many countries. Under various terms – new educational paradigm, constructivist approach, inclusive learning, interesting school – lies an inspiring motif to find new ways and ideas to bring the schools to the 21st century. In order to share Estonia´s experience, Tallinn University plans to open a new Master programme “Educational Innovation and Leadership“  in 2018.

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