Volume 1(2), 2005-10, 176—201

Technology-supported educational innovations in Finland and Hong Kong: A Tale of Two Systems

Nancy Law
Centre for Information
Technology in Education
The University of Hong Kong
China

Marja Kankaanranta
Institute for Educational Research
University of Jyväskylä
Finland

Angela Chow
Centre for Information
Technology in Education
The University of Hong Kong
China

The paper presents a comparison of case studies about innovative ICT-supported pedagogical practices in two educational systems, namely Finland and Hong Kong. The two systems were selected for this in-depth comparison for three main reasons. First, Finland and Hong Kong performed well in several international comparative studies of educational achievement. Second, the case studies collected via the SITES Module 2 indicated rather different profiles between Finnish and Hong Kong schools in terms of ICT infrastructure and pedagogical practices. Third, further analysis of the case studies data indicated differences in emergent pedagogical characteristics between the cases collected in Asia and in Western Europe. The paper aims at exploring in detail two research questions with regard to innovative pedagogical practices using technology. Firstly, are there systemic differences in the nature of the educational innovations across countries? Secondly, are there systemic differences in the change mechanisms and factors influencing change across countries?

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