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ERIC Number: EJ1075428
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0260-7476
"I See What I See from the Theory I Have Read." Student Teachers Learning through Theory in Practice
Nilssen, Vivi; Solheim, Randi
Journal of Education for Teaching: International Research and Pedagogy, v41 n4 p404-416 2015
This article presents and discusses experiences from a research and development project where Norwegian student teachers were encouraged to bridge theory and practice by following a pupil's learning processes over time, and to write papers based on empirical data and relevant subject theory. The evaluations of the project received high ratings from the student teachers, and an inductive analysis of the answers to open-ended questions revealed three key aspects behind its success: "commuting between field practice and coursework," the "authenticity" of the tasks and "future relevance" for the teacher profession. These aspects are interpreted building upon Dewey's concept "educative experience." The findings are discussed in the light of the importance of understanding pupils' knowledge, and the role of writing in inquiry-based learning processes. The project is also placed within an international discussion on the relationship between field practice and theoretical coursework as arenas for learning in teacher education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Norway
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