Current Issues of Quality in Saami Language Education


  • Pigga Keskitalo University of Lapland
  • Erika Sarivaara University of Lapland


This study examines key issues of equity and social justice in Saami education in Finland by considering various perspectives on quality in indigenous education and its desired outcomes as perceived by authorities, teachers, parents, students, and elders (N = 10). A content analysis of these perspectives and practices was conducted to determine the key features of successful teaching and identify developmental issues that arise in diverse settings. Furthermore, in the case study, video recordings and teacher-simulated recall are analysed in the context of Saami language education outside the Saami homeland to describe daily practices in Saami education. This case study is part of UNESCO international research on improving the lives of indigenous youth worldwide.

Author Biographies

Pigga Keskitalo, University of Lapland

Dr. Pigga Keskitalo is Associate Professor of Education at the Sámi University of Applied Sciences and Sámi teacher education. 

Keskitalo completed her Ph.D entitled ' Saamelaisen koulun kulttuurisensitiivisyyttä etsimässä kasvatusantropologian keinoin ' (Searching Sámi school's cultural sensitivity through educational anthropology) at University of Lapland in 2010.

Erika Sarivaara, University of Lapland