Pasi Sahlberg

Professor of Educational Policy, Deputy director, Gonski Institute for Education
Honorary Visiting Professor

Pasi Sahlberg has worked as schoolteacher, teacher-educator, researcher, and policy advisor in Finland and has analysed education policies and advised education policymakers around the world. He has gained working knowledge in over 60 countries around the world as former senior education specialist at the World Bank in Washington, DC, lead education specialist at the European Training Foundation, director general of the Ministry of Education in Finland, and a visiting professor at Harvard University. In Finland his career includes mathematics and science teacher and teacher educator at the University of Helsinki, Director of the Center for School Development at the Univeristy of Helsinki, Counsellor of Education at the Finnish National Board of Education, and Director General at the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture. He is recipient of the 2012 Education Award in Finland, 2013 Grawemeyer Award in the U.S., the 2014 Robert Owen Award in Scotland, the 2016 Lego Prize in Denmark, and Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Resident Fellowship in Italy in 2017. He has published widely in academic journals, professional magazines and public media about educational issue and is a member of several academic journal's editorial boards. Pasi has served as an advisor to the Minister of Education of Sweden (through the Swedish School Commission), the Minister of Education in Malta, Minister of Education in Finland,  and is currently advisor to the First Minister of Scotland (through International Council of Education Advisors). Most recent books include Finnish Lessons: What can the world learn from educational change in Finland(2015), Hard Questions on Global Educational Change(2017), FinnishED Leadership: Four big, inexpensive ideas to transform education(2018), and Let the Children Play! Why more play helps schools and children thrive(with William Doyle, 2019). He is adjunct professor at the University of Oulu and the University of Helsinki. Pasi is Finnish citizen now living with his family in Sydney, Australia.

Publications

Books
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Sahlberg P; Doyle W, 2019, Let the Children Play. How more play saves our schools and helps children thrive, Oxford University Press, https://global.oup.com/academic/product/let-the-children-play-9780190930967?cc=us&lang=en&#
2019
Hammerness K; Ahtiainen R; Sahlberg P, 2017, Empowered Educators in Finland. How high-performing systems shape teaching quality, Jossey-Bass, https://www.wiley.com/en-au/Empowered+Educators+in+Finland:+How+High+Performing+Systems+Shape+Teaching+Quality-p-9781119369714
2017
Sahlberg P, 2017, FinnishEd Leadership: Four big, inexpensive ideas to transform education, Corwin Press, http://us.corwin.com/en-us/nam/finnished-leadership/book249121
2017
Sahlberg P; Hasak J; Rodriguez VWA, 2016, Hard Questions on Global Educational Change. Policies, practices and the future, Teachers College Press, https://www.tcpress.com/hard-questions-on-global-educational-change-9780807758182
2016
Sahlberg P, 2015, Finnish Lessons 2.0. What can the world learn from educational change in Finland?, Teachers College Press, https://www.tcpress.com/finnish-lessons-2.0-9780807755853
2015
Aho E; Pitkänen K; Sahlberg P, 2010, Policy development and reform principles of basic and secondary education in Finland since 1968, http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/124381468038093074/Policy-development-and-reform-principles-of-basic-and-secondary-education-in-Finland-since-1968
2010
Dundar H; Roberts-Schweitzer E; Sahlberg P; Zafeirakou A, 2005, Helping the poorest to learn. The rationale for investing in early childhood education in Europe and Central Asia, World Bank, Washington, DC
2005
Sahlberg P; Berry J, 2003, Small group learning in school mathematics. Teachers’ and pupils’ ideas about groupwork in school, Finnish Educational Research Association, Turku
2003
Book Chapters
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Sahlberg P, 2019, 'Equitable education in Australia: Empowering schools to lead the way', in Netolicky D; Andrews J; Paterson C (ed.), , Routledge, London, pp. 149 - 161, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780429429620
2019
Fischman G; Sahlberg P; I S; Marcetti Topper A, 2019, 'International Large-scale Student Assessments and Their Impact on National School Reforms', in , SAGE Publishing, https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/the-sage-handbook-of-comparative-studies-in-education/book257536#contents
2019
Sahlberg P, 2018, 'Globaliseringens udfordringer til lærerrollen: Fra tilskuer til aktør', in Sommer D; Klitmøller J (ed.), Fremtidsparat: Hinsides PISA - nordiske pespektiver på uddannelse, Hans Reitzels, https://hansreitzel.dk/products/fremtidsparat-bog-47276-9788741271644
2018
Sahlberg P; Brown J, 2017, 'Schooling and Globalization', in Beyond Bystanders: Educational Leadership for a Humane Culture in a Globalizing Reality, Sense Publishers, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-94-6351-026-4
2017
Berliner D; Sahlberg P, 2017, 'Foreword: PISA: A good servant but a bad master', in , Brush Education Inc., pp. vii-xii, https://www.brusheducation.ca/catalog/arts-education-social-sciences/books/the-global-education-race
2017
Sahlberg P; Brown J, 2017, 'SCHOOLING AND GLOBALIZATION', in Aloni N; Weintrob L (ed.), BEYOND BYSTANDERS: EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP FOR A HUMANE CULTURE IN A GLOBALIZING REALITY, edn. Moral Development and Citizenship Education, SENSE PUBLISHERS, pp. 33 - 45, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000417938200004&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a
2017
Sahlberg P, 2016, 'Education system where quality and equality go hand in hand', in , pp. 111–120 - 111–120, https://www.brookings.edu/book/nordic-ways/
2016
Sahlberg P, 2016, 'THE FINNISH PARADOX Equitable Public Education Within a Competitive Market Economy', in Adamson F; Astrand B; DarlingHammond L (ed.), , ROUTLEDGE, pp. 110 - 130, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000412940600005&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
2016
Sahlberg P, 2016, 'The Finnish Paradox: Equitable public education within a competitive market economy', in , Routledge, pp. 130 - 150, https://www.routledge.com/Global-Education-Reform-How-Privatization-and-Public-Investment-Influence/Adamson-Astrand-Darling-Hammond/p/book/9781138930568
2016
Sahlberg P, 2016, 'Global Educational Reform Movement and its impact on teaching', in , Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 128–144 - 128–144, https://www.wiley.com/en-au/Handbook+of+Global+Education+Policy+-p-9781118468050
2016
Sahlberg P, 2015, 'Fulfilling the Dream in Finland', in , Teachers College Press, https://www.hbe.com.au/leading-educational-change-global-issues-challenges-and-lessons-on-whole-system-reform.html
2015
Sahlberg P, 2015, 'Finnish Schools and the Global Educational Reform Movement', in , Routledge, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315678573
2015
Sahlberg P, 2015, 'Developing Effective Teachers and School Leaders', in , Teachers College Press, pp, https://www.tcpress.com/teaching-in-the-flat-world-9780807756478
2015
Sahlberg P, 2015, 'Finnish schools and the global education reform movement', in , pp. 162 - 174, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315678573
2015
Sahlberg P, 2014, 'Finland: A Non-competitive Education for A Competitive Economy', in Lessons from PISA for Korea, OECD Publishing, http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/9789264190672-en
2014
Sahlberg P, 2013, 'The most wanted: Teachers and teacher education in Finland', in Teacher Education Around the World: Changing Policies and Practices, pp. 1 - 21, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203817551
2013
Sahlberg P, 2012, 'Becoming a teacher in Finland: Traditions, reforms and policies', in , Routledge, https://www.routledge.com/Teacher-Education-Around-the-World-Changing-Policies-and-Practices-1st/Darling-Hammond-LIEBERMAN/p/book/9780415577014
2012
2012
Sahlberg P, 2011, 'The role of international organisations in fighting education corruption', in , Sense Publishers, Brill, http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/9789087907297
2011
Sahlberg P, 2011, 'Educational progress in Finland and what can we learn from it', in Museum of Finnish Architecture, pp. 20–29 - 20–29, https://issuu.com/suomen-rakennustaiteen-museo/docs/bestschoolintheworld_book
2011
Sahlberg P, 2010, 'Piu parli, piu impari. Cosa occore per fare cooperative learning nelle scuole secondarie?', in , F. (Ed, pp. 69–98 - 69–98, https://www.ibs.it/cooperative-learning-nelle-societa-multiculturali-libro-vari/e/9788840013497
2010
Sahlberg P, 2010, 'Educational change in Finland', in Second International Handbook of Educational Change, Springer, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-90-481-2660-6
2010
Sahlberg P, 2009, 'Learning first: School accountability for a sustainable society', in , Brill, pp. 1–22 - 1–22, http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/9789087909024
2009
Sahlberg P, 2009, 'The role of education in promoting creativity: potential barriers and enabling factors', in , OPOCE, https://www.greenschool.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Pasi-Sahlberg.pdf
2009
Journal articles
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Sahlberg P, 2017, 'The global testing culture: shaping education policy, perceptions, and practice', EDUCATIONAL REVIEW, vol. 69, pp. 135 - 137, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00131911.2016.1208456
2017
Murgatroyd S; Sahlberg P, 2016, 'The two solitudes of educational policy and the challenge of development', Journal of Learning for Development, vol. 3, pp. 9–21 - 9–21, https://jl4d.org/index.php/ejl4d/article/view/147
2016
Sahlberg P, 2015, 'Un sistema escolar modelo. Finlandia demuestra que la equidad y la excelencia pueden coexistir en la educación. Pensamiento Educativo', Revista De Investigación Educacional Latinoamericana, vol. 52, pp. 136–145 - 136–145, https://pensamientoeducativo.uc.cl/index.php/pel/issue/view/49
2015
Sahlberg P, 2014, 'Il Modello Finlandia: Eguaglianza', MicroMega, vol. Settembre, pp. 7 - 19, https://dialnet.unirioja.es/ejemplar/375972
2014
Sahlberg P, 2013, 'Teachers as leaders in Finland', Educational Leadership, vol. 71, pp. 36 - 40
2013
Sahlberg P, 2012, 'A Model lesson. Finland shows us how equal opportunity looks like', American Educator, vol. 36, pp. 20–27 - 20–27, https://www.aft.org/periodical/american-educator/spring-2012
2012
Sahlberg P, 2012, 'Quality and equity in Finnish schools', School Administrator, September, vol. 2012, pp. 27–30 - 27–30, https://www.aasa.org/content.aspx?id=24592
2012
Sahlberg P, 2011, 'Cooperative learning and global competitiveness', Experiments in Education, vol. July, pp. 15 - 22
2011
Sahlberg P, 2011, 'Paradoxes of improving education: The Finland experience', Scottish Educational Review, vol. 43, pp. 3–22 - 3–22, http://www.scotedreview.org.uk/online-content/2011/issue-431/
2011
Sahlberg P, 2011, 'Lessons from Finland', American Educator, vol. 35, pp. 32–36 - 32–36, https://www.aft.org/periodical/american-educator/summer-2011
2011
Sahlberg P, 2010, 'Editorial', European Journal of Education, vol. 45, pp. 177 - 180, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1465-3435.2010.01435.x
2010
Sahlberg P; Vazyakova Y, 2009, 'Education Reform for Raising Economic Competitiveness', VESTNIK MEZHDUNARODNYKH ORGANIZATSII-INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATIONS RESEARCH JOURNAL, vol. 4, pp. 15 - 33
2009
Sahlberg P, 2009, 'Creativity and innovation through lifelong learning', Journal of Lifelong Learning in Europe, vol. 14, pp. 53–60 - 53–60, https://pasisahlberg.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Creativity-and-innovation-in-LLL-2009.pdf
2009
Sahlberg P, 2008, 'Tough choices or tough times: The report on the new commission on the skills of the American workforce', JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL CHANGE, vol. 9, pp. 87 - 90, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10833-007-9058-2
2008
Välijärvi J; Sahlberg P, 2008, 'Should 'failing' students repeat a grade? Retrospective response from Finland', Journal of Educational Change, vol. 9, pp. 385 - 389, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10833-008-9089-3
2008
Välijärvi J; Sahlberg P, 2008, 'Should ‘failing’ students repeat a grade?', Journal of Educational Change, vol. 9, pp. 385–389 - 385–389, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10833-008-9089-3
2008
Sahlberg P, 2007, 'Education policies for raising student learning: The Finnish approach', Journal of Education Policy, vol. 22, pp. 173–197 - 173–197, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02680930601158919
2007
Sahlberg P, 2007, 'Education policies for raising student learning: The Finnish approach', Journal of Education Policy, vol. 22, pp. 147 - 171, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02680930601158919
2007
Sahlberg P, 2006, 'Raising the bar: How Finland responds to the twin challenge of secondary education?', PROFESORADO-REVISTA DE CURRICULUM Y FORMACION DE PROFESORADO, vol. 10
2006
Sahlberg P; Berry J, 2006, 'One and one is sometimes three in small group mathematics learning', Asia Pacific Journal of Education, vol. 1, pp. 82–94 - 82–94, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0218879020220109
2006
Sahlberg P, 2006, 'Subiendo el listón: ¿Como responde Finlandia al doble reto de la educación secundaria?', Profesorado, vol. 10, pp. 1–26 - 1–26, https://recyt.fecyt.es/index.php/profesorado/article/view/42028
2006
Sahlberg P, 2004, 'Teaching and globalization', International Research Journal of Managing Global Transitions, vol. 2, pp. 65–83 - 65–83, https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/e0f5/e43b389f8e8310a410c9a5998859399eabe2.pdf
2004
Sahlberg P, 2001, 'From non-formal education to lifelong learning', Lifelong Learning in Europe Journal, vol. 1, pp. 48–54 - 48–54
2001
Berry J; Sahlberg P, 'Investigating pupils’ ideas of learning', Journal of Learning and Instruction, vol. 1, pp. 19–36 - 19–36
Hovhannisyan A; Sahlberg P, 'Cooperative learning for educational reform in Armenia', Journal of Intercultural Education, vol. 21, pp. 229–242 - 229–242
Sahlberg P, 'PISA in Finland: An education miracle or an obstacle to change?', Centre for Education Policy Journal, vol. 1, pp. 119–140 - 119–140
Sahlberg P, 'Education reform for raising economic competitiveness', Journal of Educational Change, vol. 7, pp. 259–287 - 259–287
Schildkamp K; Poortman C; Sahlberg P, 'Data-based decision making in developing countries: Balancing accountability measures and improvement efforts', Journal of Professional Capital and Community, vol. 4
Sahlberg P; Oldroyd D, 'Pedagogy for economic competitiveness and sustainable development', European Journal of Education, vol. 45, pp. 280–299 - 280–299
Sahlberg P, 'Hope of cooperative learning: Intentional talk in Albanian secondary school classrooms', Journal of Intercultural Education, vol. 21, pp. 205–218 - 205–218
Sahlberg P; Boce E, 'Are teachers teaching for a knowledge society?', Teachers and Teaching: theory and practice, vol. 16, pp. 31–48 - 31–48
Sahlberg P, 'The Fourth Way of Finland', Journal of Educational Change, vol. 12, pp. 173–184 - 173–184
Sahlberg P, 'Rethinking accountability for a knowledge society', Journal of Educational Change, vol. 11, pp. 45–61 - 45–61
Reports
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Sahlberg P; Hyland A, 2019, The Structure of Teacher Education in Ireland: Review of Progress in Implementing Reform. Department of Education and Skills of Ireland, https://hea.ie/2019/05/22/hea-welcomes-the-publication-of-the-structure-of-teacher-education-in-ireland-review-of-progress-in-implementing-reform/
2019
Sahlberg P; Munn P; Furlong J, 2014, Report of the International Review Panel on the Structure of Initial Teacher Education Provision in Ireland: Review Conducted on behalf of the Department of Education and Skills, Department of Education and Skills, https://www.education.ie/en/Publications/Education-Reports/?q=Report%20of%20the%20International%20Review%20Panel%20on%20the%20Structure&t=title&f=&l=en
2014
Sahlberg P; Broadfoot P; Coolahan J; Furlong J; Kirk G, 2014, Aspiring to Excellence. Final Report of the International Review Panel on the Structure of Initial Teacher Education in Northern Ireland, Department of Employment and Learning, https://dera.ioe.ac.uk/20454/
2014
Sahlberg P, 2012, The Secret to Finland’s Success: Educating Teachers. Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education – Research Brief, September, Stanford University, https://edpolicy.stanford.edu/library/publications/290
2012
Hargreaves A; Crocker R; Davis B; McEwen L; Sahlberg P; Shirley D; Sumara D, 2009, The learning mosaic: A multiple perspectives review of the Alberta initiative for school improvement, Alberta Education, https://open.alberta.ca/publications/9780778585862
2009
Chakroun B; Sahlberg PE, 2008, Policy learning in action. ETF Yearbook 2008. Brussels: European Training Foundation, Teachers College Press, https://www.etf.europa.eu/en/publications-and-resources/publications/etf-yearbook-2008-policy-learning-action
2008
Sahlberg P, 1999, Building bridges for learning. Recognition and value of non-formal education in youth activity, European Youth Forum, Brussels
1999
Sahlberg P, 1996, Kuka auttaisi opettajaa. Post-moderni näkökulma opetuksen muutokseen yhden kehittämisprojektin valossa. [Who would help a teacher – postmodern perspective on change in light of one school improvement project]. Jyväskylä: Jyväskylä Studies in Education, Psychology and Social Research 119, https://pasisahlberg.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/KUKA-AUTTAISI-OPETTAJAA.pdf
1996