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Fågel, fisk eller mittemellan?: handledares uppfattningar om lärarutbildningens examensarbeten
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
2016 (Swedish)In: Högre Utbildning, ISSN 2000-7558, E-ISSN 2000-7558, Vol. 6, no 2, 139-155 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [sv]

Kärnan för en akademisk professionsutbildning, som lärarutbildningen, är att den omfattaroch kan integrera både vetenskapliga och professionella mål, vilket även bör avspeglas i utbildningensexamensarbeten. Dock innebär denna integrering vissa svårigheter eftersom denkan skapa spänningar mellan det som kan benämnas traditionellt vetenskaplig bildningsidealoch ett mer nyttoinriktat professionsideal. Denna studie syftar till att belysa handledaresuppfattningar om dels vilka vetenskapliga och professionella mål examensarbetet bör uppnå,dels om möjligheter och svårigheter med integreringen av vetenskapliga och professionella målför examensarbeten inom lärarutbildningen. 24 intervjuer har genomförts med disputeradehandledare för examensarbeten inom ordinarie lärarutbildning. Resultatet visar å ena sidanatt examensarbetet ofta kännetecknas av att innefatta både vetenskapliga och professionellamål, att integreringen av målen ses som något positivt och att konkreta integreringsmöjligheterlyfts fram. Resultatet visar å andra sidan att vissa handledare värderar de vetenskapliga måleni högre grad, att integrering av målen ses med viss tveksamhet och att det finns konkretasvårigheter för integrering av de två målområdena.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Högre Utbildning , 2016. Vol. 6, no 2, 139-155 p.
Keyword [sv]
akademisering, professionella mål, professionsutbildning, vetenskapliga mål
National Category
Pedagogy
Research subject
Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-126554OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-126554DiVA: diva2:1033812
Available from: 2016-10-10 Created: 2016-10-10 Last updated: 2017-11-30Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Mellan akademi och lärarprofession: integrering av vetenskapliga och professionella mål för lärarutbildningens examensarbeten
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Mellan akademi och lärarprofession: integrering av vetenskapliga och professionella mål för lärarutbildningens examensarbeten
2016 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Alternative title[en]
Between the Academy and the teaching profession : integration of academic and professional goals in the degree project in Swedish teacher education
Abstract [en]

The aim of this thesis is to study the relationship between the overall academic and profession-oriented goals for the degree project in Swedish teacher education. The methodology includes analyses of 26 syllabi, reviews of 33 scientific papers, interviews with 24 supervisors and analyses of 84 published degree projects.  The introduction of a degree project in teacher education in many European countries, as well as in academic professional programs in general, can be understood as being a part of a trend towards academization of teacher education programs.  At the same time, however, there is another trend in higher education, a “practical” trend, which upholds the importance of profession-oriented goals. While it is a main ambition in higher education to bring these two types of goals closer together and, if possible, integrate them, these two trends can interfere with each other. The interference can be seen as a new version of the long-running issue of theory versus practice in academic professional education. This study of the purposes, implementation and outcomes of the degree project shows that there are both possibilities and hindrances when it comes to integrating the academic and the profession-oriented goals. Firstly, the three degree project models in European teacher education, i.e. the traditional thesis, the portfolio and the action research model, all allow for the integration of the two kinds of goals. Secondly, five of the goals are conducive to an integration, namely those involving subject knowledge, data collection methods, documentation skills, analysis skills and distancing skills. However, as was mentioned above, the thesis also points to certain factors that may hamper such an integration. Firstly, the academic goals often tend to be seen as more important than the profession-oriented ones in a degree project. Secondly, there are eight goals that may make the integration difficult. Three of these are academic, namely academic level, priority of supervisors’ academic qualifications over their professional qualifications and academic writing, while five are profession-oriented, namely broad knowledge, experience-based knowledge, artistic knowledge, didactic skills and normativity. This thesis analyses the possibilities and difficulties involved in an integration using Bernstein’s concepts of vertical and horizontal discourse. As the academic goals belong to the vertical discourse, they can give teacher students an understanding of why professional activities are done in a particular way, and enable them to critically assess teaching situations, while the profession-oriented goals, which belong to the horizontal discourse, can give them an understanding of how to perform professional activities and introduce them to the practical aspects of teaching. A final conclusion of this thesis is that there are many ways in which academic and profession-oriented goals can be integrated in the teacher education degree project. A successful integration would result in a degree project that incorporates two different perspectives, an academic bird’s-eye-view and a narrower, more profession-oriented one with a closeness to the teaching practice.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Umeå universitet, 2016. 82 p.
Series
Akademiska avhandlingar vid Pedagogiska institutionen, Umeå universitet, ISSN 0281-6768 ; 119
Keyword
Academic trend, higher education, horizontal discourse, practice trend, vertical discourse
National Category
Pedagogy
Research subject
Education
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-126559 (URN)978-91-7601-549-0 (ISBN)
Public defence
2016-11-04, Humanisthuset Hörsal E, Biblioteksgränd 3, Umeå, 10:00 (Swedish)
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Supervisors
Available from: 2016-10-13 Created: 2016-10-10 Last updated: 2016-10-12Bibliographically approved

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