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BRISTOL, Tenn., Jan. 5, 2016 – King University’s School of Education is travelling
to the countries of Finland and Sweden from May 2 through May 9, 2016. The focus of
the trip will center on the Finnish education system, currently ranked first in the
world for student achievement.
The trip will be led by Dr. Nancy Gregg, assistant professor of Education and Dr.
Sandra Sanders, associate professor of Education at King University.
“Dr. Sanders and I are excited to be able to provide leadership for this opportunity
to explore both the Finnish and the Swedish educational systems,” says Gregg. “This
is a wonderful opportunity for educators, both students and those in the field, to
learn more about ways of reaching high standards in student achievement.”
Trip participants will learn how the Finnish Board of Education provides a tuition-free
education for its students and how they maintain an excellent quality of education
without homework or standardized tests. Additionally, the study abroad experience
will provide cultural excursions that will give an enriching perspective on the region’s
progressive educational practices.
Participants will begin their trip in Helsinki, Finland. Over the course of four days,
they will enjoy a walking tour of Helsinki to see why the city was voted the World
Design Capital of 2012. Sites include the Sibelius Monument, Senate Square, Helsinki
Market, the Upenski Orthodox Cathedral, and the Temppeliaukio Church, known as the
Church of the Rock, as it was built directly out of one. They will also visit the
library in Helsinki, one of the best reference centers and reserves of national collections.
Other attractions students may visit while on free time include the Maritime Museum
of Finland, Eduskunta – the Parliament of Finland, the Finnish Science Centre, or
they can take in some shopping at Helsinki’s version of Harrods – Stockmann’s Department
While in Helsinki, students will attend a lecture at the Finnish National Board of
Education, which is responsible for education on all levels, from primary through
post-secondary, including adult education and vocational training. Students will visit
a local school and examine the method that lead to high results on PISA and other
forms of student assessment.
Participants will also spend several days in Sweden’s capital city, Stockholm. While
there, students will meet with teachers for a discussion comparing Finland and Sweden’s
educational systems. They will also enjoy tours of the city, enjoying Stockholm’s
Gamla Stan and Järntorget, home to the city’s copper and iron trade in the 16th and 17th centuries. They will also revel in the rich history impressive architecture of sites
such as the Royal Opera House, the Parliament, the Royal Palace, and the oldest church
in Stockholm, dating from 1306. Students will also journey to the island of Djurgården
to visit Vasa, a well-restored 17th-century warship.
To sign up or for additional information about the trip to Finland and Sweden contact
Dr. Nancy Gregg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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