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Reforms and Innovations in Estonian Education


Jaan Mikk, Marika Veisson and Piret Luik

This collection of papers provides a small overview of educational research in Estonia. The papers in the collection treat school reforms since the renewal of independence in 1991, new approaches to teacher training, the implementation of a child-centred approach in school, the achieving of educational aims and other actual topics in education. The results of many surveys have been presented in the papers, for example, parental beliefs about home-school co-operation, novice teacher assessments of their induction year, student evaluations of teacher behaviour in the classroom, etc.
Contents: Viive-Riina Ruus/Imbi Henno/Eve Eisenschmidt/Krista Loogma/Helle Noorväli/Priit Reiska/Sirje Rekkor: Reforms, Developments and Trends in Estonian Education during Recent Decades – Sulev Alajõe/Jüri Ginter: Educational Reform in a Small Country: The Case of Estonia – Karin Lukk/Monica Sakk/Marika Veisson: Parents’ Beliefs about Home-School Partnership: Rethinking the Parental Involvement Paradigm – Anita Kärner: Doctoral Supervision: Towards New Concepts and Dilemmas – Eve Eisenschmidt/Katrin Poom-Valickis/Tuuli Oder: Supporting Novice Teachers’ Professional Development: Monitoring the Induction Year Experience in Estonia – Inge Timoštšuk/Helle Sikka: Identity Statements of Student Teachers in the Initial Stage of Teacher Training Characterizing Environmental, Cognitive and Relationship Mechanisms – Piret Luik/Hasso Kukemelk: Teachers’ Understanding of Learning and Teaching – Edgar Krull: Models of Instruction as Tools for Analyzing Lessons – Heiki Krips: Teachers’ Behaviours in Forms 5 to 9 and Forms 10 to 12 Classrooms – Aino Ugaste/Tiia Õun/Maire Tuul: Implementation of a Child-centred Approach in Post-Socialist Society – Edna Vahter: Aspects of Assessment in Visual Art Education in Primary School – Airi Kukk/Leida Talts: How do Teachers Assess the Achievement of Learning Objectives by Children of 6 to 10 Years of Age.