Teachers' Teachers' Thoughts on Teaching: How Lecturers in Pre-school Methods Conceptualize their Subject

Year: 1985

Author: Johansson, Jan-Erik, Marion, Ference

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

Lecturers in pre-school methods were interviewed about their conceptions of the subject they teach. Qualitatively different ways of thinking about the origin of the knowledge underlying the subject and about the goals are supposed to be achieved by the subject, were found. Furthermore, the two aspects turned out to be closely inter-related.

The awareness of a "didactic dimension" in the student teachers' future profession seems to presuppose, for instance, that the lecturer transcends her own vocational experience as a pre-school teacher as the main source of knowledge underlying her subject.