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Lärarstudenten som subjekt och objekt: kritiskt tänkande och disciplinering i lärarutbildning
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
2000 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The dissertation poses the problem of control in teacher training. Control is defined as a process in which someone wants someone else to adapt to a specific model of knowledge, to thought patterns, social relationships, and obedience. The main question is:

How is control performed in teacher education and what is the relationship between control and exploration?

The purpose is to expose problems in teacher training that are related to forming and controlling student teachers, vs encouraging exploration and experimentation and studying how students critical thinking is developed. Data in this dissertation were gathered from interviews with 13 students participating in teacher education. The theorization based on the empirical study is made after the presentation of the material. A hermeneutical approach was used to interpret the interviews.

Results are reported in eight chapters in which the interviewees' statements are categorized according to themes. The categories are based on the authors' understanding of the statements in the material. Among other things, students report that they rarely have opportunities to discuss two or more opposing viewpoints that are presented at the same time and with equal importance. Differences between teachers are neglected and sometimes hidden, which will make critical examination more difficult. Interviewees also report that there are small possibilities to work with own experiences from their practice in schools. The education is often perceived as fragmented. Moreover, modeling as a working principle in teacher education is discussed. It can encourage critical discussions if the model is used as something to examine but if it is presented as the only one it can lead to imitative learning. However, the interviewees perceive the education as an uplifting life experience which has forced them to exceed their previous capacities. It has also played an important role in the development of their thinking.

The theoretical part is focused upon seeking answers on mainly existential issues, in order to highlight the theoretical possibilities of free and critical thinking. The questions of human freedom, tradition and possibilities to break traditions are discussed. Another question is the disadvantages and advantages of taking into consideration learners previous experiences. In an interpretation of Deweys' educational philosophy, the fundamental character of reflection and its consequences for critical thinking in education is examined.

The concluding discussion emphasizes the necessity for education to be open to allow and encourage students' testing of arguments. Only on the basis of what is explicit and in a variety of alternating models it is possible to make a personal choice and develop critical thinking.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: HLS Förlag , 2000. , 222 p.
Studies in educational sciences, ISSN 1400-478X ; 1400-478X ; 24
Keyword [en]
control, critical thinking, discipline, educational policy, emancipatory education, hermeneutics, reproduction, supervision, teacher education, tutoring
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-7663ISBN: 91-7656-468-1OAI: diva2:198792
Public defence
2000-02-25, Sal H303, Lärarhögskolan, Rålambsvägen 30, Stockholm, 13:00 (English)
Available from: 2000-02-04 Created: 2000-02-04 Last updated: 2010-01-21Bibliographically approved

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