DEVELOPMENT OF CONCEPTIONS OF STUDENT TEACHERS IN INITIAL TEACHER EDUCATION IN BIOLOGY AND GEOGRAPHY EDUCATIONJournal: Journal of Baltic Science Education (Vol.3, No. 1)
Publication Date: 2004-04-30
Authors : Eila Jeronen;
Page : 24-33
Keywords : professional development; professional conceptions; strategies of student teachers; school practice; reflection;
The article aims to interpret professional development of teachers, focusing specifically on the development of professional conceptions of student teachers in an Initial Teacher Education during their final school practice period in Biology and Geography. The study is a qualitative case study. The resultant data is based on reflective diaries and teaching practice reports written by the student teachers, and on recordings and videotapes from supervision meetings and lessons. The data was analysed by using inductive and deductive content analysis methods. According to the student teachers, their awareness of themselves as teachers and of teaching of Biology and Geography developed. At the beginning, they reflected their status, whereas at the end they considered the work of a teacher as a whole and what kind of teachers they want to be.
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