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ERIC Number: EJ1059111
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: ISSN-0957-5146
From University to Working Life: An Analysis of Field-Based Studies in Early Childhood Teacher Education and Recently Graduated Kindergarten Teachers' Transition to Work
Onnismaa, Eeva-Leena; Tahkokallio, Leena; Kalliala, Marjatta
Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, v35 n2 p197-210 2015
The aim of this article was to shed light on problematic issues related to the practical element in early childhood teacher education. We approach these questions mainly through scrutinizing and interpreting this part of kindergarten teachers' university education in Finland. We then expand our analysis to include the broader issues of job commitment and the role of mentoring programmes among newly qualified kindergarten teachers. With the 'kindergarten teacher as researcher' as the chosen teacher model, our findings indicate that this aim can only be realistically achieved if all stages of the teacher education process are effectively linked. Key elements begin with the entry requirements for students and include productively connecting practicum experiences with on-campus courses, establishing a "double supervision model", and cooperating with a stable network of early childhood centres for field studies. A further finding is that, despite a successfully completed professional education, the induction phase in the workplace can be a vulnerable time for novice teachers, suggesting an urgent need for mentoring programmes.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Kindergarten; Primary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Finland