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School leaders and Initial Teacher Education in Sweden: Response to restructuring partnership
Mälardalen University, School of Education, Culture and Communication, Educational Sciences and Mathematics.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4500-1165
2017 (English)In: Contemporary Educational Leadership, ISSN 2391-4572, Vol. 4, no 1, p. 55-73Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article present and discuss school leader´s perception of a trial with practices schools during Initial Teacher Education in Sweden. The change was initiated from a national level and resulted in fewer partnership schools, increased amount of student teachers at each school, and mentors with a mentor education. As school leaders are responsible for everyday activities in school, also changes in the practicum organization become a question.  The school leaders acknowledged the need of receiving student teachers from a recruitment point of view, but also because it created a possibility to have dialogues between schools and the University concerning Initial Teacher Education. The information from the University about the trial with practice schools was enough and in time, but there were also issues to be clarified.  Some old problems prevailed, like lack of information of students arriving and difference between practice courses and short field studies during subject courses. Problems related to the trial were new concepts, concern about too few mentors, large groups of student teachers at schools and unclear roles and responsibilities between school and university. A conclusion is that in comparison with national and local steering directives for school leaders concerning different school forms, steering directives for Initial Teacher Education has been less acknowledged and critically discussed. A whole school approach, where the school leader role and contribution is clarified is an issue to be further explored.

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2017. Vol. 4, no 1, p. 55-73
Keywords [en]
school leaders, Initial Teacher Education, practicum, whole school approach
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-41239OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-41239DiVA, id: diva2:1259124
Available from: 2018-10-27 Created: 2018-10-27 Last updated: 2019-09-23Bibliographically approved

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