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‘Do you mean besides researching and studying?’ Finnish teacher educators’ views on their professional development
Professional development of teacher educators has not been researched very much in Finland, although interest in teacher educators has started to increase globally in recent decades. This study investigates 15 Finnish teacher educators’ views on their professional development. The results indicate that research plays a significant role in the Finnish teacher educators’ conceptions. They considered research to be an integral part of their work, as it is part of their assigned tasks. This differs from many countries, where researching and high-quality scientific contribution is not necessarily a big part of teacher educators’ work. These teacher educators also viewed research as a means to develop professionally, both through producing and consuming research. Formal professional development, such as professional development courses, did not play a significant role for these teacher educators, though studying either by reading research or participating in free-time education seemed to be more important. The results also indicate that Finnish teacher educators are under pressure to produce high-quality research and to advance in their careers. This is due to business ideology in leadership, i.e. management by results in the Finnish university sector.
Updated: Jul. 29, 2020
This article investigates teacher identities of first-year student teachers through their practical theories. The results revealed that when student teachers begin their teacher education, the majority of positions concern didactical issues, that is, how to promote pupils’ studying and learning processes. In addition, the participants’ teacher identities as teachers strongly emphasise the moral nature of teaching. Contextual issues about school and society and matters related to content, such as the curriculum, had little representation in first-year student teacher identities.
Updated: Jan. 20, 2015
In this article, the authors examine Finnish teacher educators’ views on research‐based teacher education. 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
Researching pupils, schools and oneself. Teachers as integrators of theory and practice in initial teacher education
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.
Updated: Sep. 21, 2008
The appreciation and realisation of research-based teacher education: Finnish students' experiences of teacher education
The subjects of the Finnish research project that sought to describe student teacher's perspectives on research-based approach were part of a special group of students, worked as teachers without being officially qualified to do so before they entered teacher education. The research was carried out as a web-based survey (n = 113). The questionnaire was based on the structure of the curriculum of the teacher education programme, including items from each part of the curriculum. The subjects were asked about both attitudes and experiences. the students appreciate the research-based approach as the main organising theme of teacher education.
Updated: Sep. 11, 2008