21st Century Skills and Finnish Student Teachers' Perceptions about the Ideal RE Teacher Today and in the Future

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Viinikka , K , Ubani , M , Lipiäinen , T & Kallioniemi , A 2019 , ' 21st Century Skills and Finnish Student Teachers' Perceptions about the Ideal RE Teacher Today and in the Future ' , International Journal of Learning, Teaching and Educational Research , vol. 18 , no. 8 , pp. 75-97 . https://doi.org/10.26803/ijlter.18.8.5

Title: 21st Century Skills and Finnish Student Teachers' Perceptions about the Ideal RE Teacher Today and in the Future
Author: Viinikka, Kaisa; Ubani, Martin; Lipiäinen, Tuuli; Kallioniemi, Arto
Contributor: University of Helsinki, University of Eastern Finland (UEF)
University of Helsinki, Department of Education
University of Helsinki, Hu­man­it­ies and So­cial Sci­ences Edu­ca­tion (Hu­SoEd)
Date: 2019-08
Language: eng
Number of pages: 23
Belongs to series: International Journal of Learning, Teaching and Educational Research
ISSN: 1694-2493
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/307428
Abstract: This study investigates religious education (hereinafter referred to as “RE”) student teachers’ perceptions about what constitutes a successful teacher in the next 20-30 years. The study focuses on RE student teachers in teacher education in Finland. The students were studied in the light of a 21st century skills framework. The data were gathered using a questionnaire (N=43) and interviews (n=8). The analysis of the interviews was deductive content analysis with a quantification of the results. There were several results from the study. For instance, the RE student teachers’ expectations of professional development are connected to their perceptions of the task requirements. The RE student teachers perceived all kinds of interaction skills as an essential part of RE teacher competence in the future along with dialogue skills. The RE student teachers also emphasised learning to learn and critical thinking skills as the core skills of a successful RE teacher in the future. The participants seemed to highlight all the different literacy skills (information, media, technology and religious) as the core skills of a successful RE teacher. Especially religious literacy was considered to be a key skill in the competence of the RE teacher in the future.
Subject: 516 Educational sciences
teacher education
religious education
21st century skills
student teachers
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