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Konkari kaapissa : ideaaliopiskelija työkokemusta omaavien varhaiskasvatuksen opettajaopiskelijoiden diskursseissa (2023)

Mykkänen, A., Itäkare, S., Paasovaara-Pösö, S., & Rantavuori, L. (2023). Konkari kaapissa : ideaaliopiskelija työkokemusta omaavien varhaiskasvatuksen opettajaopiskelijoiden diskursseissa. Journal of Early Childhood Education Research, 12(2), 98-123. https://doi.org/10.58955/jecer.v12i2.121376

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All authors or editorsMykkänen, Arttu; Itäkare, Susanna; Paasovaara-Pösö, Salla; Rantavuori, Laura

Journal or seriesJournal of Early Childhood Education Research


Publication year2023

Publication date07/04/2023


Issue number2

Pages range98-123

PublisherSuomen varhaiskasvatus ry

Publication countryFinland

Publication languageFinnish


Publication open accessOpenly available

Publication channel open accessOpen Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/86592


Early childhood education teacher students with previous work experience have been a growing group of students in the university education in recent years. Previous research has indicated that this student group's expectations regarding studying and activities in teaching practicums, may differ from students who represent the traditional university student norm. This study examined the discursive subject positions produced by students with previous work experience in the field of early childhood education in the context of teaching practice. The interview material (n = 12, duration of interviews 10 h 13 min) was analyzed using critical discourse analysis. In the results, six subject positions were produced: the subject positions of a learning-oriented student, a work experience expert, a mentor’s colleague, an expert in the closet, critic of the university or the mentor, and a novice student teacher. In addition, a discourse of the ideal student was created as a synthesis of the subject positions. The discourse of the ideal student is unattainable due to its contradictory characteristics, and it challenges the previous traditional ideal of a university student. Based on the results, suggestions are made for the development of teaching practicums in early childhood education and for meeting students from various backgrounds.

Keywordsearly childhood education and care teachersteacherhoodteacher trainingstudies in an institution of higher educationcontinuing professional educationpractical training as a teacherlifelong learningidealsdiscourse analysis

Free keywordsexperienced students; traditional university student; critical discourse analysis

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Ministry reportingYes

Reporting Year2023

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