Finland, Helsinki

Designing teacher education for the future

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when 7 August 2012 -
23 August 2012
duration 3 weeks
credits 6 ECTS
fee EUR 470

Designing Teacher Education for the Future (DETEF) is the first Helsinki Summer School organized by the Department of Teacher Education, University of Helsinki. In Finland, teacher education has been based on a Master’s degree for 30 years. The excellent PISA-results of Finnish 15-year-old pupils may partially be explained by the high quality of Finnish teacher education.

The DETEF summer school course is designed to introduce the Finnish teacher education experience from various viewpoints: class, subject, kindergarten and special teacher education. Also, all majors are represented, general and special education as well as educational psychology. The Centre for Educational Assessment and its learning-to-learn instruments will be introduced as well.

The basic requirements for passing this course are:

1. Course attendance
2. Active participation in the discussions
3. Contribution to the weekly reading group work (material given by presenters)
4. Completion of the final assignment individually or in groups (2-4 members)
5. The final assignment includes the development of the students’ own teaching theory in combination with a specific method. It also includes aspects of all teacher education areas represented in the course as well as a plan for the students’ own research in their own country regarding teaching at a chosen level. The proposal will be presented orally to the instructors and other participants at the end of the course, and will receive feedback and suggestions for improvements.

The course is evaluated on a pass/fail basis.

Course leader

Ms Marja-Liisa Kieksi

Target group

Bachelor degree almost ready is preferable. Educational studies commenced and teacher degree is the aim.

Course aim

This is an interdisciplinary course provided in collaboration with several teacher education providers. The course includes both theoretical and practical aspects of teacher education. From the research perspective, the special focus is on the comparative video research method.

• Teacher education today and in the future

• Traditional and new ways of teaching

• Video research method

The course consists of lectures, activating large group sessions, workshops, and discussions with leading Finnish and international scholars in the field of teacher education. The course includes excursions to Helsinki World Design Capital 2012 attractions. The course also includes small groups which are designed to help students in becoming acquainted with the core literature and formulating their own interests engaging with more demanding texts and studies in the future. The course has a preliminary task, which includes reading three articles from a list given on the HSS website.

Fee info

EUR 470: Course fee

The course fee can be paid with a credit card or with a bank transfer before the start of the Helsinki Summer School. It can also be paid upon your arrival in Helsinki. Degree and exchange students attending universities in the Helsinki area are exempted from the course fee. Degree and exchange students attending other Finnish universities are required to pay a half of the course fee (235 EUR).
EUR 150: Registration fee

The registration fee is 150 EUR additional fees for international students. Payment is due within seven days of receipt of written notification of your acceptance to Helsinki Summer School. If you register before 31 May 2012, you will receive a 50 EUR discount on the registration fee. The registration fee for degree or exchange students attending Finnish universities is 50 EUR. The registration fee is non-refundable.

Payment may be made either by bank transfer or credit card (Visa and Eurocard/Mastercard only).

If we do not receive a credit card payment or copy of the bank transfer within one week of notification of your acceptance, we will have no choice but to cancel your course reservation. Your application will, however, remain in our database and, if there are still places available, you may renew your registration simply by contacting us.