Browsing by Subject "teaching practice"

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  • Kwaah, Christopher Yaw; Palojoki, Päivi (2018)
    Entry qualification, academic achievement, and teaching practices of newly qualified teachers (NQTs) qenrolled into the teacher education programme directly from senior high school (DfSHS) were compared with NQTs enrolled through the Untrained Teacher Diploma in Basic Education (UTDBE) programme. Survey data collected from 140 NQTs (84 DfSHS and 56 UTDBE) of 20 public schools in central Ghana and lesson observations showed that the two categories of Newly qualified teachers differed greatly in entry grades and academic achievements during training. Differences in teaching practices pertained to content knowledge, classroom interactions, and lesson closure. Implications for pre-service and in-service teaching training are discussed.
  • Niemi, Reetta (2019)
    Background: The new core curriculum for basic education in Finland emphasises the interrelation between learners’ participation and multidisciplinary learning. Each learner must be provided with an opportunity to join at least one multidisciplinary learning module each year. Hence, student teachers also implement a multidisciplinary learning module as part of their teaching practice at the University of Helsinki. Aim: In this article, I describe how two multidisciplinary learning modules were implemented by four third-year student teachers in a teacher training school and how they were educated to analyse the different forms of participation in their teaching. Setting: The research question of this article is as follows: How do different teaching practices used in multidisciplinary learning modules support learners’ participation? Methods: The data of this study consist of two documentation forms: two semi-structured group interviews and a field note diary. Results: The results showed that most of the practices used in multidisciplinary learning modules supported an active joining form of participation and a collaborative form of participation. In the multidisciplinary learning modules, a child-oriented form of participation was supported through practices that related to creating artistic learning outcomes; however, no practices supported a child-led form of participation. Conclusion: In this study, the student teachers learned to analyse the different forms of participation in their teaching. Nevertheless, more data about the workability of the mentoring method in other contexts are needed.
  • Kesseli, Emilia (Helsingfors universitet, 2016)
    The purpose of this study was to examine subject teacher students' views on their teacher identity, teacher profession and self-efficacy and how meaningful teaching practice was in relation to these phenomena. Specific point of interest was to find out how the subjects of this study represent their growth process as teachers. The objective of this study is to understand the relevance of the teaching practice experience to that growth process. Identity was seen as narratively constructed self (Sfard & Prusak, 2005). Teacher identity was seen as dynamic process which starts with school experiences, continues through teacher education and working life. It is seen that teacher identity consists of closely entwined personal and professional identity (Heikkinen, 2001a). Self-efficacy was considered as essential part of individual's agency and it occurs situationally as self-efficacy expectations (Bandura, 1997). Research data for this qualitative case study was collected with semi-structured interview. Data triangulation was used to deepen the qualitative point of view. Reflective writings from another research by the study subjects were also used. The interviewees were subject teacher students who completed their pedagogical studies in 2013–2014. Content and narrative analysis were used to analyze the data. Various teacher types were found. Reoccurring themes such as passion for the teaching subject and challenges of becoming a teacher appeared in the data. Teacher whose self-efficacy was strong showed persistence with helping their students. Teacher identity, professionalism and teaching skills were strengthened in teaching practice. Teacher self-efficacy evolved through reflection and accomplishments. Mentoring was significant part of teaching practice experiences. Negative experiences and feelings caused by mentoring were reported. Teaching practice and mentoring can support the development of student teachers professionalism and teacher identity. Mentoring and teaching practice should be developed further by considering the various effects of self-efficacy on teachers' growth process