ERIC Number: EJ721318
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov-1
Reference Count: 14
Teacher Education for Research-Based Practice in Expanded Roles: Finland's Experience
Westbury, Ian; Hansen, Sven-Erik; Kansanen, Pertti; Bjorkvist, Ole
Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, v49 n5 p475-485 Nov 2005
Preparing teachers for a research-based professionalism has been the central mission of teacher education in Finland since the mid-1970s. More recently, as a result of such national policy developments as school-based curriculum development and local decision-making, the conception of teachers' work and professionalism has expanded. Drawing on experience within the teacher education programmes at the University of Helsinki and Abo Akademi University, this paper discusses some of the programmatic issues that these developments have raised in class-teacher, i.e. "elementary", teacher education programmes.It focuses in particular firstly on the research thesis that is a part of every teacher education programme in Finland, and the hallmark of the research-based professional ideal; and, secondly on the emerging issues that derive from the need to incorporate the expanded understanding of the teacher's role within the curriculum of teacher education.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Curriculum Development, Teacher Education, Public Policy, Educational Research, Teacher Role, Theses, Student Research
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Finland