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Training the Next Generation of Early Childhood Education Teachers: Students’ perspectives on academic vs. practice-oriented experiences in university training
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication, HLK, Praktiknära utbildningsforskning (PUF), School-Age Educare Research.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The combination of theory and practice in all forms of teacher training has always been a topic of debate in policy and research. Research examining university training of preschool teachers in Sweden highlights problems in the application of theory in practice in preschool teacher training. Specifically, the kind of problem identified is the lack of opportunities given to students to apply the knowledge gained through the university courses during their internships at the preschools. As a result a “gap” is created between the theory learnt and the application of this theory into practice, which in turn limits the opportunity for professional development. The meaning of professional development is to improve the knowledge and skills that the students have about their profession. The aim of this study is to understand student perspectives in relation to the combination of academic vs. practice-oriented coursework in preschool teacher training in Sweden. Specifically, this study examines the preferences of undergraduate preschool education students in Sweden regarding academic vs. practice-oriented courses, as well as if and how these courses contribute to their professional development. Final year student of a preschool education program at a college in southern Sweden completed an online survey to assess their perspectives on academically oriented and practice-oriented courses of their program. Students, regardless of whether or not they had previous experience working in early childhood education and care, reported that practice-oriented courses helped them with their professional development. Student also declared that the theory learnt through their academically oriented courses generally proved to be applicable in practice. Two types of future research are proposed in order to capture a wider variety of student perspectives about their training program as preschool education teachers.

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2018.
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Preschool teacher’s education program, practice courses, theoretical courses, students perspectives, Sweden
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Educational Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-41877ISRN: JU-HLK-PEA-2-20190072OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-41877DiVA, id: diva2:1257654
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HLK, Education
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Available from: 2019-01-21 Created: 2018-10-22 Last updated: 2019-01-21Bibliographically approved

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