Teacher education discourse in Finnish committee reports from 1922 to 1991

Year: 1992

Author: Simola, Hannu

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

The topic of the paper is the "professionalization" of the popular teacher in the light of certain politico-administrative texts. The analysis is inspired by Michel Foucault, but some other theoretical approaches (especially those of Randall Collins, Pierre Bourdieu, David Labaree and John Meyer) are also introduced. Five transformations and one continuity in discursive themes are traced and, based on these, two discursive principles are formulated: the pastoralization of teaching and the professionalization of teacher educators. In relation to these principles, certain specific forms of power, knowledge and subjectivity are analysed in the field of education.