Pedagogical field experiences in teacher education: Introduction to the research area

Arnold, Karl-Heinz; Gröschner, Alexander; Hascher, Tina (2014). Pedagogical field experiences in teacher education: Introduction to the research area. In: Arnold, Karl-Heinz; Gröschner, Alexander; Hascher, Tina (eds.) Pedagogical field experiences in teacher education / Schulpraktika in der Lehrerbildung (pp. 9-26). Münster: Waxmann

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Research on pre-service teacher internships has become a dynamic area of investigation in teacher education whose growth seems to correspond with increased activity at the institutional level over the past two decades. Introducing or expanding field experiences has been a common strategy in nearly all teacher education programs for the last twenty years, and reforming teacher education with a focus on its practical aspects still ranks near the top of education policy agendas. This article provides an introduction to the research field, addressing five basic issues: (1) precision in the definition of the construct, (2) main sources of research literature, (3) elaboration of the construct in terms of effects and mediating variables, (4) the methodological challenges of empirical research, and (5) major areas of future research. Emphasis is placed on the often ignored aspect that internships elicit both intended and unintended effects, including not only positive but also adverse side effects.

Item Type:

Book Section (Book Chapter)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Education > School and Teaching Research

UniBE Contributor:

Hascher, Tina

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 370 Education

ISBN:

978-3-8309-3057-0

Publisher:

Waxmann

Language:

English

Submitter:

Noemi Martina Casola

Date Deposited:

06 Oct 2014 11:28

Last Modified:

01 May 2017 12:57

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.52526

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/52526

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