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ERIC Number: EJ960978
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-1822-1645
How Do Teacher Students for Compulsory School Learn Compared to Music Teacher Students in Sweden? A Comparative Study of Two Different Student Teacher Groups in Sweden
Bostrom, Lena
Quality of Higher Education, v8 p158-179 2011
The teaching profession has been continually challenged to provide evidence of the effectiveness of teaching and learning methods. The teacher education systems are currently undergoing reforms in Sweden. Hence, it is importance for educational institutions to be aware of the different ways that their student teachers learn and it is importance for prospective teachers to become aware of their own learning styles. The purpose of this research was to explore the learning styles preferences for two groups of prospective teachers: music teachers and regular compulsory classroom teachers and to analyze their differences in the light of international research on learning styles. If these groups of prospective teachers differ, this would have an impact on higher education, students' learning strategies and teachers' teaching strategies. The study involved 65 randomly selected student teachers. 33 were student teachers for compulsory school and 32 were music student teachers. Twenty subscales of the Productivity Environmental Preference Survey (PEPS) (Dunn, Dunn & Price, 1984, 1991, 2000; Annex 1) were used to identify the learning-styles preferences of the participants. The results showed statistically significant differences between the two teacher student groups. Based on the results, it can be concluded that in comparison to music teacher students, compulsory teacher students differed in their choice of more formal designs, routine, and the times of the day when they would prefer to learn. The findings suggested the need for widely diverse teaching approaches in higher education for teachers. (Contains 1 figure, 2 tables, and 3 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Sweden
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Productivity Environmental Preference Survey