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  • Karlsson, Kati (Helsingfors universitet, 2015)
    The aim of this study was to describe the experiences of the mentors of adult practical nurse students. The focus was on "how the mentors experience the process of on-the-job learning" and "how the mentors can support student's professional growth during the on-the-job learning period". The data of this study consist of 12 semi-structured interviews of mentors of adult practical nurse students. The interviews were first tape recorded and then transcribed verbatim. Mentors described mentoring of students' as a process, that consist of elements such as mentor's own perceptions of her role as a mentor, adult learner's attitude towards learning, support of professional growth and the meaning of environment and support. The mentoring was seen as a process. Mentoring of an adult student was seen as a challenge but also as a chance because the adult learners do have plenty of experiences. Mentors pointed out various factors that have an effect on success of mentoring. Such factors were: mentors experience of their own role, students' attitude towards learning and guidance, supporting professional growth and importance of working environment as well co-operation with educational institution. Mentors experience of being an expert of their own work was important as well to be able to adjust guidance in benefit of a student's individual needs and goals. Adult learners were expected to take an active role of their own learning and to take benefit of their own experiences. Mentors did feel that they were responsible for students' professional growth. Working environment end co-operation with educational institution had important role in successful guidance. Mentors opinion was that guidance during the work-place learning should be mainly emphasized on mentor and workplace. Co-operation with educational institution was considered important but mentors also felt that they are best experts of their own work. Mentors hoped and expected support, resources and respect to their mentoring. .
  • Makkonen, Kirsi (Helsingin yliopisto, 2020)
    Goals. The purpose of the thesis was to find out the professional development of already em-ployed teachers studying to become special teachers, “more than as teachers”. As a back-ground theory, I look at teaching, the profession and career of a teacher, especially from the perspective of a special education teacher. The aim of this research was to find out why an already qualified teacher wants to go to study special education, what are the goals for study-ing and how those goals were achieved. Since it is possible to train as a special education teacher both as a degree student and by completing separate special education teacher´s studies, the research also looked at the difference between the two study methods. Methods. The research was carried out as a qualitative interview. The informants were kin-dergarten teachers, classroom teachers or vocational teachers who studied special education as master’s degree students, completed separate special education studies, or studied spe-cial education at the Open University. The interviews were supplemented with an email sur-vey. The interviews were transcribed and the material was analyzed by content analysis. Results and conclusions. The development of teachers into special educational teachers was described by two paths, which were “alternative” and “goal”. The “alternative” path was the choice of students majoring in special education as a Master of Education, and they had not specifically pursued the teaching profession but rather drifted into teaching. Those who com-pleted separate special education studies were on the “goal” path and were already oriented to the field of education after their secondary education. The special education studies aimed at eligibility and competence for the position of special education teacher, community spirit and knowledge and understanding of meeting special needs students in school. Studies in special education were found to be useful, although there is room for improvement in their or-ganization and practical implementation. Informants saw master’s studies in special educa-tion and separate special needs teacher studies as an important part of professional growth and development.
  • Korpi, Liisa (Helsingin yliopisto, 2017)
    Goals. The purpose of the thesis was to survey expectations and ideas before and after education of separate special education teacher's studies who started study in Helsinki university in autumn 2016. The background theory was the special education teacher's profession. The purpose of the thesis was to clarify why teachers want to qualify to special education teachers and how important professional growth and specialty teacher's profession and expertise are to them. In addition the thesis also clarified if the education was in accordance with the preconceptions and if there were differences in this themes. The research aims at providing a general view of the development needs of separate special education teachers from a students point of view. Methods.The research was carried out as a quantitative survey and the research subject was 100 students from three groups (ELO, EO and VEO), according to the previous degree. The initial survey was carried out in autumn 2016 and it's participants were 63 students whose average age was 40 years. The final survey was carried out in spring 2017 and it's participants were 48 students whose average age was 38,6 years. The statistical analysis of the data was carried out with PASW Statistics 24 –program and the open questions were analysed in a qualitive way. Results and conclusions. The professional growth and expertise / aptitude to special education teacher's work were very important to all the participants measured as a sum variable. There weren't statistically significant differences in age and teaching experience, which would have had impacted the results. The participants wanted to get qualification for special education teachers work and better employment opportunities, through their education. Special pedagogical knowledge and practical tools to strengthen vocational skills were also wanted. The impact of the education was examined as a sum variable, which concluded that expectations weren't always fulfilled in all respects. A small significant difference came out between two groups. Special early childhood educators felt that the education gave little means for supporting pupils compared to special education class teachers. Yet special education teacher's profession was seen as significant with all the participants especially with teachers with the least amount of teaching experience but it wasn't statistically significant.
  • Pisto, Tuulia (Helsingfors universitet, 2015)
    This is a story of one instrumental teacher. It is her intersubjectively constructed narrative identity, story of self. The approach is narrative-biographical and it includes teacher's thinking, actions, physicality, feelings and musical experiences that are equally and simultaneously parts of her identity. Individual experiences happen in particular time and surroundings. Questions about instrumental teacher's understanding of herself are observed trough identity theories included in narrative theory. The purpose of this study is to create data about instrumental teacher's unique ways of knowing and preconditions of successful identity formation. Changes in teacher's life are interpreted trough progression and awareness. The profession of instrumental teacher is understood trough possibilities of narrative inquiry in music education field. Data was collected in episodic in depth-interview. The data consists of meaningful episodes in teacher's life and her beliefs in different themes in this study. Data analysis strategies included paradigmatic analysis of narratives and the narrative analysis. The success of instrumental teacher's sources of individual/social selves were defined by her efforts to achieve harmony. Therefore successful construction of identity depends on the achieved balance in teacher's life. According to this study, the story is unbalanced when a person can't have an interaction between either individual or social sources of self. Professional growth depended on teacher's cognitive, emotional, physical and mental maturity. Teacher's awareness consisted of knowing her work and self-confidence in thoughts and actions. Awareness led to herself managing at work and had an impact on her general well being. Knowing herself made it possible to develop her work. In addition to awareness, life values gave her perspective and security in disharmonies. According to this study progression in professional growth is a maturing process. In the first place it is getting to know herself, secondly committing to herself, and finally achieving autonomy. Professional growth includes accepting the differences in personalities and cultural backgrounds of people. Instrumental teacher's profession was about a relationship between personas. Contact between teacher and student arose from the presence and feelings in musicking. According to this study contact is understood as a value of teaching and music. Contact between people and music have an impact on students learning and gives teacher's work its meaning. Instrumental teaching is given for life.
  • Ketko, Julia (Helsingin yliopisto, 2020)
    The object of this study was to examine waiters’ early career perceptions on learning and professional growth in a new restaurant. Jobs in the restaurant industry are often seen as a low-education jobs that serve as a gateway for young people on their way to their actual careers. However, the industry can also accommodate employees who see themselves working in the industry in the future as well. The purpose of my thesis was to find out what kind of experiences the waiters who started in the target company had during the probationary period in terms of learning and professional growth. The theoretical framework of the study is based on theories of work-based learning and professional growth. In addition, the theoretical framework opens up specific features of the restaurant industry that help form a better understanding of the industry. Six young waiters in the early stages of their careers who started a new job at the target restaurant took part in the study. The interviews were conducted at the end of a 4-month probationary period in the spring of 2019. The interviews were conducted as semi-structured thematic interviews. Data was analyzed using theory-directing content analysis, in which theory guided the analysis. The results of the study revealed that waiters’ work based learning manifested itself in many different contexts and was multidimensional in nature. Learning took place in formal training provided by the employer, but most of the learning at work was perceived to take place during customer service and through interaction with co-workers. The development of professional competence was also perceived as an important measure of learning, from which the waiters felt able to concretely notice that learning had taken place. Professional growth was perceived to have taken place through the self-reflection required for particularly challenging work, although the process of professional growth was at the beginning. From the research results, it can be concluded that learning a new job is a multidimensional process that consists of many factors and also continues beyond the actual probation period.