A1 Journal article – refereed

Voices of student teachers' professional agency at the intersection of theory and practice

List of Authors: Mirva Heikkilä, Tuike Iiskala, Mirjamaija Mikkilä-Erdmann

Publisher: Elsevier

Publication year: 2020

Journal: Learning, Culture and Social Interaction

Journal acronym: LSCI

Volume number: 25

Number of pages: 11

ISSN: 2210-6561

eISSN: 2210-657X

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.lcsi.2020.100405


This study aims to outline different nuances of professional agency manifested among student teachers when research skills studies and teaching practice are integrated, and discuss its implications for bridging theory and practice in teacher education. Professional agency was examined as narrative practice in student teachers' texts (N = 79), in a sociocultural context of Finnish research-based class teacher education. The results from data-driven analysis revealed dynamics in the student teachers' voices: enthusiasm, uncertainty, rejection, and anticipation, which illustrate professional agency that is enacted, limited, opposing, and open. The study underlines the importance of carefully designed programmes and support for students to help them integrate theory and practice in teacher education by learning research skills.

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