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  • Vaarnavuo, Viivi (2017)
    Objectives. The media has the power to define and modify our thoughts and speeches. One of the bases of this study was a theory which states that media acts as an intermediary, for example between decision-makers, teachers and parents. Mass communication has the power to create an arena of social interaction in which we all communicate, create values and form social groups. Thanks to our media culture, our curriculum has also become mediated into our society. The research objective was to find out what kind of information Helsingin Sanomat newspaper tells about the National core curriculum for basic education 2014. The author searched for things that were highlighted in the media coverage of the reform and the perspective that the reforms were presented. Methods. The research materials were 120 newspaper articles. The articles were published in Helsingin Sanomat between 3.11.2011 and 30.5.2017. Those were mainly news and opinion articles. Articles were found in Helsingin Sanomat online archive with researchers own account. The material was categorized for analysis based on themes and critical media literacy. It was divided into to four themes: process, economic, change and learning speech. Process speech focused on the administrative and political aspects of curriculum work, economic speech on economic aspects related on the curriculum, change speech to the social changes underlying the curriculum and the learning speech in everything from learning to school. The usage and the language of the themes were analyzed with discourse. Results and conclusions. The curriculum discourse in Helsingin Sanomat focused on the change and learning speech. Newspapers curriculum was oriented towards the future. It was represented as very digital, communal and beneficial reform. As a conclusion can be said that the Helsingin Sanomat news defines the new curriculum changes as innovated, digital and challenging. It has high expectations. Changes in the curriculum plan are expected to have an impact particularly on the coordination of theory and practice and on the way that members of the school community will be able to work in the future.