Teaching: A practical or research-based profession? Teacher candidates' approaches to research-based teacher education

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Puustinen , M , Säntti , J , Koski , A & Tammi , T 2018 , ' Teaching: A practical or research-based profession? Teacher candidates' approaches to research-based teacher education ' , Teaching and Teacher Education , vol. 74 , pp. 170-179 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tate.2018.05.004

Title: Teaching: A practical or research-based profession? Teacher candidates' approaches to research-based teacher education
Author: Puustinen, Mikko; Säntti, Janne; Koski, Anna; Tammi, Tuure
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Education
University of Helsinki, Hu­man­it­ies and So­cial Sci­ences Edu­ca­tion (Hu­SoEd)
University of Helsinki, Doctoral Programme in School, Education, Society, and Culture
University of Helsinki, Department of Education
Date: 2018-08
Language: eng
Number of pages: 10
Belongs to series: Teaching and Teacher Education
ISSN: 0742-051X
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/310809
Abstract: This article analyses teacher training in Finland from the teacher candidate's perspective. The focus is on two key concepts, the Teacher as a Researcher and the Personal Practical Theory, which characterise the agenda of Finnish teacher education. Cluster analysis divided the respondents into five groups, and each cluster had a short textual description. Qualitative data were included in the summary. According to our analysis, the main concepts of the Teacher as a Researcher and the Personal Practice Theory are unclear to teacher candidates and are appreciated differently. Subject teacher candidates in particular, who come from other academic cultures, might consider these concepts educational jargon that have no substance. We also argue that teacher students are not always able to connect the theoretical parts of their studies with practice. These results challenge the claim that Finnish teacher education has resolved the demanding relationship between theory and practice. (C) 2018 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Subject: Teacher education
Cluster grouping
Teacher researchers
Preservice teachers
Personal practical theory
Theory-practice relationship
EXPERIENCES
UNIVERSITY
FUTURE
516 Educational sciences
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