Investigating Finnish Teacher Educators’ Views on Research‐Based Teacher Education

Feb. 01, 2011

Source: Teaching Education, Volume 22, Issue 1, 2011 pages 1-13.

In this article, the authors examine teacher educators’ views on research‐based teacher education.

Finnish research‐based teacher education has four characteristics:
(1) the study program is structured according to a systematic analysis of education;
(2) all teaching is based on research;
(3) activities are organized in such a way that students can practice argumentation, decision‐making and justification when inquiring about and solving pedagogical problems;
and (4) the students learn formal research skills during their studies.

The results showed that teacher educators appreciate the research‐based approach to which the university is committed, although they were skeptical about how well this vision transfers to the students.

Updated: Feb. 14, 2012