University teachers’ professional vision, misconceptions, experience and pedagogical training

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The aim of the study was to investigate the level and quality of life science university teachers’ professional vision and potential misconceptions related to teaching and learning before and after basic university pedagogical course. We also studied whether this five-credit course can have an effect on university teachers’ professional vision and misconceptions concerning teaching and learning. Before and after participating the course, a total of 68 life science university teachers wrote their interpretations of a tailor-made video, which depicted a typical teaching-learning situation in the university. Teachers’ misconceptions were examined by true/false –items with open-ended explanations. Teachers at different levels of pedagogical expertise varied in their professional vision, i.e. how they noticed and interpreted pedagogically significant incidents in teaching-learning situation. In addition, teachers had on average M = 1,88 misconceptions related to teaching and learning. Moreover, teachers who had more misconceptions related to teaching and learning had lower skills in professional vision. Groups with different level of expertise benefitted from the course differently. The findings from the study show that teachers’ previous teaching experience and pedagogical studies play a role for the development of teachers’ pedagogical expertise in terms of their professional vision and (mis)conceptions. These results indicate that even one university pedagogical course can have the potential to affect participants’ professional vision and (mis)conceptions of teaching and learning, especially when teachers’ have already some previous pedagogical studies.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2021
MoE publication typeNot Eligible
EventEARLI 2021 conference: Education and Citizenship: Learning and Instruction and the Shaping of Futures. - University of Gothenburg, Sweden, Gothenburg, Sweden
Duration: 23 Aug 202127 Aug 2021


ConferenceEARLI 2021 conference
Abbreviated titleEARLI 2021
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Fields of Science

  • 516 Educational sciences

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