A Student Teacher’s Vision of a Good Day at School

By Sivbritt Dumbrajs and Tuula Keinonen.

Published by The International Journal of Pedagogy and Curriculum

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A good day at school may be due to several characteristics: different relationships, teachers’ beliefs and behaviors, teachers’ communication style, classroom management, and group processes. Positive classroom ethos and positive relationships with students affect an ideal day. In Finland, it has been acknowledged that educational excellence also requires that students enjoy learning at school, which is a challenge for prospective teachers. In this phenomenographical study we are interested in student teachers’ ideas of a good day at school in the context of a reflective course. Sixty-seven students’ stories were analyzed. The quality of school life consisted of good class management, good learning atmosphere, learning success, personal scaffolding, and relevant teaching methods. Student teachers mentioned also the importance of the hot meal that is served to all students in Finnish schools. Some student teachers expressed a wish to have other grown-ups, teachers or assistants, partaking in their lessons, and wanted to teach in a small class. The importance of peer feedback and teamwork as a possibility to develop their own teaching and class management was less mentioned, as was positive feedback from the parents.

Keywords: Learning Environment, Learning Success, Collaborative Teaching, Personal Scaffolding

International Journal of Pedagogy and Curriculum, Volume 19, Issue 1, pp.37-47. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 209.915KB).

Dr. Sivbritt Dumbrajs

Researcher, SiDu Consulting, Helsinki, Finland

I defended my dissertation for a PhD in the summer of 2007 at Joensuu University. The topic was: A Learning Community: Teachers and Students Engaged in Developing Their Own Learning and Understanding. Since then I have done research work in collaboration with Prof. Tuula Keinonen at the University of Eastern Finland (former University of Joensuu). In 2009 I started an undertaking (SiDu)designated as consulting on questions concerning Science Instruction and Development of Understanding.

Prof. Tuula Keinonen

Professor, School of Applied Education and Teacher Education, University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu, Finland

Since 1998 I have been working as a professor of education. Mainly I work with primary school teacher students. My research interests are in teacher education, environmental and science education and I prefer research in physics and chemistry education because of my background in physics. However working in all levels of education belong to my activities.