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Fostering Theory–Practice Reflection in Teaching Practicums
The Recursive Practice of Research and Teaching: Reframing Teacher Education
Section: Theories & Approaches
Fostering Theory–Practice Reflection in Teaching Practicums
Country or Region: Finland
October 2016   |   Type: Abstract
Source: Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, Volume 44, Issue 5, 2016, Pages 470-485

This paper presents a design for supporting theory–practice reflection in teacher practicums. This design is based on three design principles that promote a transformative stance towards the creation of novel pedagogical approaches: mutual transformation of theory and practice, co-design among supervising teachers, university lecturers and student teachers, and participating in the long-term development of pedagogical practices.

To evaluate the design, the authors analyse and compare student teachers’ portfolios across two implementations of the teacher practicum: a thematic practicum based on the proposed design and the conventional class teacher practicum of the University of Helsinki.

The results show that the student teachers who participated in the thematic practicum used theory more frequently in their reflections. Moreover, their theory–practice connections were more robust than those made by student teachers who participated in the conventional practicum. On the basis of these results, the authors make suggestions regarding how to promote theory–practice reflection in teacher education.
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