Becoming a Teacher - Student Teachers’ Learning Patterns in Teacher Education

Elsi Ahonen, Kirsi Pyhältö, Janne Pietarinen, Tiina Soini


Student teacher learning is a key issue for further professional development. Literature on student teacher learning suggests that students learn about teaching and undergo professional transformation during their education. However, studies often focus on a certain time period and on how students should learn instead of how they actually do learn. In this study, 19 interviews with student teachers are used to analyse their learning patterns during teacher education. Four qualitatively different kinds of patterns of student teacher learning were identified. The patterns varied in terms of students’ motivation to learn, conceptual coherency, approach to learning, and action strategy used. The patterns also held some internal inconsistencies between the different components observed. This may indicate a lack of understanding, willingness or skills concerning active learning. The results imply that more attention should be paid to promoting student teachers’ active learning during education.

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Journal of Education and Training Studies  ISSN 2324-805X (Print)   ISSN 2324-8068 (Online)

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