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Challenges to nordic teacher education programmes

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  This article resumes a comparative study on the Nordic teacher education programs in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden (Nordisk Ministerråd/Nordic Council of Ministers, 2008). By focusing on the part of the study which is occupied with the structure and organisation of the Nordic teacher education programs it tries to find explanations for the fact that only the Finnish teacher education does not suffer from a decreasing number of applicants, from high drop-out rates, and from low retention rates. It is claimed that the strong emphasis on specific professional elements and subjects in the Finnish teacher education program (pedagogical studies, quality of practice teaching, research base) and its strong focus on training future teachers for the teacher profession and a professional community play an important role in respect to recruitment and low drop-out rates.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvancing quality cultures for teacher education i Europe : tensions and opportunities
EditorsBrian Hudson, Pavel Zgaga, Björn Åstrand
Number of pages17
Place of publicationUmeå
PublisherUniversity of Umeå
Publication year2010
ISBN (print)978-91-7459-042-5
Publication statusPublished - 2010

    Research areas

  • Teacher education, Teaching profession, Recruitment, Retention, Internationalisation

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