Research-based and hands-on practical teacher education ~Kjersti Waege & Ove K. Haugalokken
Research-based and hands-on practical teacher education
~Kjersti Waege & Ove K. Haugalokken
weak relationship between theory + practice
lack of relevance of general education courses to teaching profession
Development of programs for teachers = challenge
PIL Project "Practice as an integrating element in teacher education"
Key research questions
How relevant/important is education theory for your own practice?
four-level Liikert items + open questions
Analysis with constant comparison (Corbin & Strauss 2008)
new instructional form successful
25/27 students felt topics of seminars were (very) relevant
1/3 think group discussions positive for professional development
student participation through discussion helps integrate practice with theory
students use of theory is eclectic
Teacher education in a field of tension
2 fields of tension
academic/scientific demands vs. day-to-day demands
professional autonomy - teachers set premises for themselves vs.
regulation + control of society of the teacher preformance
Students opinion is ...
... theory of educational science is of little use!
... practical experience is the most important part of the professional study!
continuous interaction between theory + practice is positive
problems applying theories even if thought to be relevant
How is practice defined?
How is theory defined?
Teacher's professional development
own theories based on their practice experience = starting point
personal practice theories
with research-based theories
desire to read/stay up-to-date with relevant research literature
to improve instructional practice