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ERIC Number: EJ1046248
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0272
The Role of Theory in Teacher Education: Reconsidered from a Student Teacher Perspective
Sjølie, Ela
Journal of Curriculum Studies, v46 n6 p729-750 2014
With the persistent criticism of teacher education as a backdrop, this article explores the common perception that teacher education is too theoretical. This article takes the view that the student teachers' assumptions regarding the concept of theory affect how they engage with theory during initial teacher education. Using a qualitative approach, this study examines student teachers' conceptualizations of the nature and role of theory in teacher education. The results indicate conflicts between student teachers' assumptions about theory in general and pedagogical theories in particular, and also between a narrow conception of the "nature" of theory and a more nuanced understanding of the "purpose" of theory. Student teachers' encounter with pedagogy as an academic discipline--with a different epistemology than the one they know from their discipline-specific studies--seems to cause considerable struggle that often ends in a devaluation and denigration of theory in teacher education. The implications of these findings for teacher education are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Norway
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