Developing the Educational Environment

In addition to facilitating learning, the work of a teacher involves developing different educational environments. First, a teacher is always a member of his or her immediate community. Developing the activities of an educational institution or unit requires that each teacher possess both individual and community-oriented capabilities for research, development and innovation activities. Being a teacher thus also involves a strong element of entrepreneurial thinking and a requirement of quality and financial awareness.

Both educational establishments’ and individual teachers’ work environments consists of various cooperative relationships with local and regional professional fields. At its broadest, the operating environment of a teacher consists of different national and international networks. Knowledge of the preconditions of sustainable development on both global and local levels and identifying the directions of change in society and working life constitute essential competence requirements for teaching work.

To meet the requirements of meaningful development of pedagogical solutions, teachers need to obtain a theoretical and practical command of the content to be taught. As cooperation with working life expands and workplaces become an increasingly significant location for vocational learning, new methodological solutions are also continuously developed.

The development of operating environments also requires skills related to the use of information and capabilities in the area of development. Issues related to the use of information are part of the ethical dimension of teaching work. In a similar way that issues are connected in planning learning processes and learning environments, which reflect teachers’ perceptions of the desired goals, information management is based on teachers’ values.. They are manifest in the teacher’s choice of research and development targets and in the teacher’s dedication to the promotion of issues they find important. They also become apparent in the teacher’s efforts to influence their communities and their working environments

The activities of teachers always take place in a specific socio-historical environment. Teachers have the opportunity to impact the nature of working life and society by engaging in public debate taking place in society. Teaching is thus ethical by nature: the activities of teachers have a central significance in the development of society and working life through the great variety of choices made by all teachers in their daily work.

To be able to work in a meaningful way in a changing, multifaceted environment and develop it , teachers must have:

  • contextual skills, which means having the skills to recognise and apply one’s own actions in relation to the changing values and principles of one’s organisation and work community. Furthermore, perceiving the changes in the educational environment and being able to react to those changes and challenges accordingly taking into account sustainable development ,
  • knowledge and understanding about working life and entrepreneurship, which means having a wide awareness of the latest developments in and knowledge of one’s own field which can be combined with learning goals, in addition to an understanding of the significance of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial thinking in the development of working life and the motivation and ability to develop cooperation between education and working life,  and
  • developmental skills, which means the ability of teachers to develop their own activities and the activities of their community in relation to changes in the educational environment and the motivation and ability to develop one’s own professional field on local, national and international levels.