Comparison in Curriculum between England and Finland

951 WordsJul 12, 20184 Pages
Education both influences and reflects the values and aspirations of a society. It is therefore important to recognise a set of common aims, values and purposes that underpin a school curriculum and the work of schools in a range of countries (DfE, 2008). This comparative study will explore the curricula of England and Finland - discussing the history, structure and contents; and consider which of the above are more useful in preparing young adults for life in the modern society. With reference to the modern society, it is important to understand that what makes a society modern is entirely a subjective ideology. This takes into consideration that the views and expectations of one modern society may differ from the views and expectations…show more content…
Across the three years of vocational education, students are required to achieve 120 points - equivalent to 40 points per year, with one point equal to 40 hours of study. 90 credits are gained through the vocational studies, 20 credits are gained through study of the core curriculum subjects i.e. Language, Mathematics and Science, and 10 credits are gained through ‘free-choice’ studies (FNBE, 2010b). Following the brief outline of the English and Finnish curricula, the question still stands: Which curriculum is more suited to preparing people for life in the modern society? It can be argued that the English curriculum does help educate young adults for the modern society that England has established. Through the compulsory study of issues such as sex education and careers education, individuals leave education with a thorough knowledge of the current contemporary issues and needs of their society. However, unlike Finland, the English curriculum does not allocate resources for vocational training in the compulsory education sector. For those who do wish to train on a vocational subject, they must chose to undertake training outside of compulsory education i.e. after the leaving secondary school. Therefore it must be argued that the curriculum of Finland best suits individuals for life in the modern society. Not only does the FNBE cover almost every aspect
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