London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Teacher education and the idea of investigative working style

Author(s) Kiviniemi, U.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2008  
Editor A. Ross & P. Cunningham, Reflecting on Identities: Research, Practice and Innovation  
Age group -  
The cross-curricular theme ‘Growth as a person’ in the Finnish National Core Curriculum is supposed to support children forming their personal identity and their comprehensive growth. This paper targets to the objectives that steer teaching in school. It does not discuss what topics and subject specific contents should be taught, but what kind of skills they need when faced with competing identity models. Students in teacher education should adopt an investigative working style and be trained to remodel their societal understanding which reshapes their teaching form time to time. This paper reviews a teacher education course in which the teacher students explored contemporary phenomena and tried to construct their own teacher identity within the investigative method.

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