A1 Journal article (refereed)
Pre-service subject teachers’ personal teacher characterisations after the pedagogical studies (2020)

Arvaja, M., Sarja, A., & Rönnberg, P. (2020). Pre-service subject teachers’ personal teacher characterisations after the pedagogical studies. European Journal of Teacher Education, Early online. https://doi.org/10.1080/02619768.2020.1860010

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Arvaja, Maarit; Sarja, Anneli; Rönnberg, Paula

Journal or series: European Journal of Teacher Education

ISSN: 0261-9768

eISSN: 1469-5928

Publication year: 2020

Volume: Early online

Publisher: Routledge

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/02619768.2020.1860010

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Partially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/73575


This study explored how five pre-service subject teachers characterised themselves as teachers after completing their year-long pedagogical studies in a Finnish university. Our narrative analysis of the interview data showed that the students shared a social representation of a past teacher characterised by wide power and emotional distance between pupils and the teacher. The students differentiated themselves from this kind of teacher character, and rather positioned themselves as interactive and caring educators identifying with their own ideal teachers as well as meaningful learning experiences in the pedagogical studies. Consequently, the study showed that engaging pre-service subject teachers in critical dialogue and reflection helps them to avoid static categorisations of ‘the teacher’ and to become authors of their own teachership.

Keywords: teachers; subject teachers; professional identity; teacher training; learning experiences; narrative analysis

Free keywords: narrative analysis; pre-service teacher identity; teacher characteristics; teacher education

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