Marjatta Takala, Katja Sutela, Sonja Ojala & Minna Saarinen (2023) Teaching practice in the training of special education teachers in Finland, European Journal of Special Needs Education, DOI: 10.1080/08856257.2023.2177945
Teaching practice in the training of special education teachers in Finland
|Author:||Takala, Marjatta1; Sutela, Katja2; Ojala, Sonja3;|
1Special Education, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
2Music Education, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
3Special Education, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
4Special Education, University of Turku, Turku, Finland
|Persistent link:|| http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe2023022428629
|Publish Date:|| 2024-08-14
The aim of this study was to explore the core of teaching practice as a part of the curricula for master’s degree in special teacher education. The data consisted of the curricula of teaching practice of all six universities in Finland that offer this program, along with the results of an electronic questionnaire administered to students. The curricula were obtained from the internet and the questionnaire was delivered to special education students at two of the six universities. Content analysis was used as a method. According to the results the curricula could be compressed into eight key elements, main of which were basic special education competence, advanced methods, collaboration, and interaction skills. Unfortunately, just 54 students responded to the questionnaire. However, they considered teaching practice a relevant part of their studies. They were satisfied with the supervision although, they commented, it could have been more frequent. The results are discussed using a four point frame of curriculum, pointing to the rare possibilities of students to negotiate or to feel empowered.
European journal of special needs education
|Type of Publication:||
A1 Journal article – refereed
|Field of Science:||
516 Educational sciences
This work was supported by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture (OKM/38/592/2018) through the Right to learn – Skills to teach project.
© 2023 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Accepted Manuscript version of the following article, accepted for publication in European Journal of Special Needs Education. Marjatta Takala, Katja Sutela, Sonja Ojala & Minna Saarinen (2023) Teaching practice in the training of special education teachers in Finland, European Journal of Special Needs Education, DOI: 10.1080/08856257.2023.2177945. It is deposited under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.