Teacher Education in Finland: Knowledge Building in the Chemistry and Physics Teacher Education Programme at Helsinki University

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    Teacher education in Finland is described and analysed. The main organising theme of the teacher education programmes is a research-based approach, which aims at supporting student teachers in constructing a solid knowledge base and the potential to apply such knowledge in their work. Furthermore, all student teachers are to gain a competence for continuous professional development, e.g., consuming theoretical educational knowledge in their work. As an example, the pedagogical studies of the pre-service chemistry and physics teachers is are analysed from the viewpoint of knowledge building. The theoretical framework of this analysis is based on two facets related to teacher knowledge: the domains and the origin of teacher knowledge. The division of teacher knowledge domains into three main categories, content knowledge, pedagogical content knowledge and pedagogical knowledge, is based on the work by of Shulman. An additional view: the teacher as a consumer and producer of educational research is added to the model. Based on the analysis, the research-based teacher education programme provides both contents and activities that support the formation of the different knowledge fields needed for acting as a teacher. Especially, Tthe research approach and reflective activities seem especially to play a special role in the programme.
    Original languageEnglish
    Journal論文紹介 : 教育学の学習とフィンランドの中等教員養成 / Hokkaido University Collection of Scholarly and Academic Papers
    Issue number2012-03-22
    Pages (from-to)33-49
    Number of pages17
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    MoE publication typeB1 Journal article

    Fields of Science

    • 516 Educational sciences

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