Educating Teachers: Observation of a Classroom’s Framework as Part of the Student Teachers’ Education

By Alexandra Androussou, Hara Kortessi-Dafermou and Vassilis Tsafos.

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Among a multitude of teacher-related issues, teacher education is one of ever growing importance. In this paper we present the results of the first part of an ongoing research project on teacher education, taking place at the University of Athens. We focus on the first stage of the Practicum (observing, analysing and understanding the context of educational action), considering it important for the students to be introduced to reflective approach of the educational practice. In order to illuminate the context of the research, we present the status of teacher education in Greece, and the stages and content of student teachers’ education in the Faculty of Early Childhood Education in the University of Athens, particularly the way their Practicum is organised. In this paper, we present the first part of a study, in which we investigate our students’ expectations at every stage of their Practicum and their perception and evaluation of their initial contact with the Kindergarten classroom. Our approach registers in an actual debate on teacher education, that views practice, together with theory, as a tool of student teachers’ professional development.

Keywords: Teacher Education, Practicum, Theory-practice Approach, Greece, Students, Expectations

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 18, Issue 8, pp.191-212. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.207MB).

Dr. Alexandra Androussou

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Early Childhood Education, University of Athens, Athens, Greece

Alexandra Androusou, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in Teaching Methodology in the Early Childhood Education Department of the University of Athens, Greece. Her research and writing focus on teaching practices, teacher education and education of minority groups. She also deals with the development of educational materials for children in electronic and conventional form and she produces educational materials for teachers such as the website www.kleidiakaiantikleidia.net

Dr. Hara Kortessi-Dafermou

Lecturer, Faculty of Early Childhood Education, University of Athens, Athens, Greece

Hara Dafermou, Ph.D., is a Lecturer in Pedagogy and Teaching Methodology in the Early Childhood Education Department of the University of Athens, Greece. She is responsible for the students’ Practicum in the department. She has worked as a teacher in Secondary Schools and as a researcher in the Center of Educational Research of Greece. Her scientific interests focus on advancing all children’s literacy at the early years and on teachers’ professional development.

Dr. Vassilis Tsafos

Lecturer of Curriculum Studies, Faculty of Early Childhood Education, University of Athens, Athens, Greece

Vassilis Tsafos, Ph.D., is a Lecturer of Pedagogical Theory and Curriculum in the Early Childhood Education Department, University of Athens, Greece. He has worked as a teacher in Secondary Schools in Greece and as a Deputy Councillor of the Pedagogical Institute of Greece. His research and writing is particularly informed by educational action research, curriculum studies, teacher development, pre- and in-service teacher education.

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