Issues in August 2018
Volume 25 (1-2) Teacher Education in the Arctic
11 August 2018 Articles
Teacher Education in the Arctic
The Role of Teacher Education in Decolonizing Education in Canada's North: A Yukon Teacher Education Case Study
Similar to several other jurisdictions across the arctic, recent developments in Canada’s Yukon Territory draw attention to how political developments have potential for accelerating changes in education that are responsive to Indigenous Peoples’ cultural knowledge systems and practices. In support of this development, the sole teacher education provider in the...
Focus on Participation: What Can We Learn from Student Teachers Participation in Curriculum Design and Implementation? A Case Study
While several studies focus on university students’ participation in their educational paths, fewer studies deal with students’ participation in the processes of curriculum design and implementation. This qualitative case study explores how more equal practices can be implemented at universities, using the Framework for Participation (Black-Hawkins, 2010) and the case...
Digital professional learning: triggers in an online badge-driven process
Digital open badges describe in detail the expertise and professional competencies achieved in digital environments. “Learning Online” is a Finnish national professional development programme (PDP) of digital pedagogical competencies for vocational teachers. This study aims to identify the students who are particularly motivated by digital open badge-driven learning. The research...
Masters Students' Perceptions of Distance and Transport Options
This article is situated within the Arctic Regions North Norway and North/East Iceland. It presents a study on what motivates adults in Arctic regions to apply for and complete a Master’s degree in Education. Motivation is examined in relation to distance, transport options and degree completion times, focusing on whether...
Reconciliation, resilience and resistance in Inuit teacher's professional development and practices
In February 2017, 26 Inuit educators gathered in Nain, Nunatsiavut for the Inuit Education Forum. Teachers from each of the four Inuit regions in Canada were invited to share their experiences on education in Inuit Nunangat with the goal of identifying barriers and promising practices occurring within their communities. One...
Challenges, contradictions and continuity in creating a five-year teacher education programme in Iceland
In 2008, new legislation was passed in Iceland on teacher education, requiring a master’s degree as a prerequisite for teaching certification for all school levels from preschools to upper secondary schools. In the same year the Iceland University of Education merged with the University of Iceland. This article maps the...
Design and pedagogical practices of an Inuit-focused Bachelor of Education program in Labrador
Memorial University’s 2009 Presidential Task Force on Aboriginal Initiatives called for the establishment of a community-based teacher education program for Labrador. The Faculty of Education at Memorial and the Nunatsiavut Government (NG) subsequently worked together to develop an Inuit-focused primary-elementary pre-service program for Goose Bay, a community adjacent to Nunatsiavut....
Pathfinders or Explorers: Student teachers' ways of handling the challenges of classroom management in a simulation
Twenty-three Swedish student teachers volunteered to try to handle ordinary and difficult challenges of classroom management in a realistic, hypertext-based computer simulation. The point of departure for constructing this simulation was international classroom management research. The simulation offered the students an opportunity to choose from authoritarian, authoritative, democratic, and abdicated...
Using Local Sámi Culture and History to Teach Pupils about Democracy
The aim of this study was to investigate how the use of Sámi local culture and history can promote pupils’ democratic education. Teachers in the local community were interviewed because they provided information about how place and region create good opportunities for the use of local history as well as...
Co-Teaching in Northern Rural Finnish Schools
Focusing on a rural municipality in northern Finland, the aim of this study is to investigate educators’ thoughts and experiences with co-teaching. The data from 40 teachers were collected via an electronic questionnaire, and a mixed-methods approach was used. In the quantitative responses, the teachers positioned themselves as spokespeople for...
Staying in school, not dropping out _ pupils' voices
This article asks: What can highly motivated pupils in upper secondary school tell us about dropout and relations? Bauman’s concepts: ‘liquid identity’ (2011) and ‘instant living’ (2012), as well as literature on ‘relations’ (Spurkeland, 2011; Drugli, 2012) provide the theoretical backdrop for the study. The findings are based on nine...
Teachers' beliefs on conflict and conflict resolution
Conflict is a natural part of life and a part of school life, too. Teachersmight be involved in conflicts with students, their parents and colleagues. The point is not to avoid conflicts or to resolve them with administrative tools, but to handle them productively. Conflict management strategies are important in...
Conceptions of school assessment: what do Finnish primary school students think of assessment?
This article will describe a study that aimed to define Finnish primary students’ conceptions of the purpose of school assessments. With the term ‘school assessment’, we refer to assessments that individual teachers employ as part of their pedagogy in order to evaluate students’ learning processes on the basis of curriculum....
Teachers' perceptions of educational reform aimed at inclusion
The goal of this research was to enhance the understanding of implementing educational reforms aiming for more inclusive comprehensive schools in Finland as part of its national developmental projects. In the empirical study, carried out in 2010, a questionnaire was given to all compulsoryeducation teachers in two towns and one...
Digital Tools for Structure in a Mainstream Class
The subject of the article is how digital structure and predictability affects the learning environment. This is key knowledge as regards both class management and learning. An intervention research design was employed. The intervention aimed to test digital aids in a mainstream class: a digital day planner board and a...
Seeing education with northern eyes: University of the Arctic Thematic Network for Teacher Education for Social Justice and Diversity in Education
Sharing a Voice: Early-Career Scholars and the Arctic
Turangawaewae, noetic spaces and revalorisation: alternative principles of agentive education
Recycling Values for World Peace - Finnish pupils and student teachers inspiring a Cuban artist
Characteristic of social competence "cooperation" in schoolchildren 9-11 years old, studying in inclusive classes
Understanding the Danish Forest School Approach. Early Years Education in Practice. Second Edition
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