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ERIC Number: EJ854331
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Oct
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-1443-1475
Individual and Flexible: Working Conditions in the Practice of Swedish Distance-Based Teacher Education
Lindberg, J. Ola; Olofsson, Anders D.
International Education Journal, v7 n5 p699-708 Oct 2006
This article reports on the working conditions within Swedish ICT-supported distance-based teacher education. Data collected from teacher trainees are analyzed and discussed in relation to Swedish governmental policies concerning teacher education and distance education and theories emphasizing the importance of social aspects of education. The findings indicate working conditions that are mainly controlled by the teacher education program, and that teacher trainees to a high degree are fostered into individualism. Exceptions are in group work, which on the other hand seems to be given only minor attention in teacher education. This raises questions related to the intentions of teacher education. First, there are questions concerning issues of flexibility and choice, more precisely about what aspects are flexible or not. Second, there are questions concerning possibilities of teacher education providing an education that enables teacher trainees to develop the competencies needed to be able to teach. (Contains 3 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Sweden