High Expectation - High Achievement on Literacy " What Shall We Do In This Hangman's Hour"

Linnakyla, Pirjo
Date of publication: 
Mon, 1996-01-01

Finland is a country of great expectations on literacy and literacy education. Parents have great expectations on their
children's literacy; so that almost half of the children (40-50 %) are able to read already when they begin school. The
children themselves are eager to learn to read, not so much to please their parents, their future teachers or for noble
academic or intrinsic motivation, but to be able and free to watch television programs of their own choice, the reason
being that on Finnish television most interesting programs come with subtitles (Linnakylä 1993a).