Researching pupils, schools and oneself. Teachers as integrators of theory and practice in initial teacher education

Aug. 15, 2008

Source: Journal of Education for Teaching, Volume 34, Issue 3 August 2008 , pages 207 – 222

Researching can be viewed as a way of analysing issues of schooling by linking theoretical knowledge with perceptions of educational reality already during teacher education. Not only does practicing teaching provide a context for analysing instruction, learning, school culture, diversity, or any other issue related to schooling, also researching these issues provides future teachers opportunity to view schooling as complex and problematic.

This case study surveyed and interviewed a group of recently graduated teachers who had worked as teachers during their education. The interest was on their experiences of M.A. thesis research as well as the integration of theory and practice during the education. The respondents had experienced researching as useful as well as meaningful, although they also had development ideas concerning it.

Updated: Sep. 21, 2008