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Liberal Arts and Teacher Education
Uppsala University, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Curriculum Studies. (SMED)
2009 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In this paper, we will compare different discourses about teacher education as expressed by students, departments and alumnae/i at liberal arts colleges in USA, with two contemporary texts about teacher education in Sweden. The studies show (1) that the decision to become a teacher is an active choice made by these students during their time at the college, (2) that education programs in liberal arts institutions in USA stress that teacher education should be intellectually demanding with strong connection between theory and practice, and have a critical focus, and (3) that the graduates found student teaching, the relationships they had with professors and their fieldwork experiences to have had a dramatic impact on their success as teachers. Liberal arts colleges are a central part of the educational system in USA. They provide undergraduate studies in various areas and are often characterized by high ambitions and aims concerning good practices of education. Compared to teacher education in Sweden this is very interesting because it seems as the same issues concerning teaching and research are being discussed in both places.

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2009.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-101155OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-101155DiVA, id: diva2:212001
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NERA Congress, March 5-8, 2009 in Trondheim, Norway. Available from: 2009-04-22 Created: 2009-04-20 Last updated: 2011-11-18Bibliographically approved

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