Scandinavian approaches to continuing science teacher education: what can we learn from an international literature review?

Christina Dahl Madsen, Stine Mariegaard, Chunfang Zhou, Steffen Elmose, Jørgen Haagen Petersen, Henrik Levinsen

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Abstract

The importance of continuing science teacher education is receiving increasing political awareness in Scandinavian countries in recent years. This is due to a declining enrollment at science education studies. Evaluations investigating this tendency show that Danish science teachers experience the need for further skills and competencies to successfully engage and further motivate their students (Rambøll, 2018). The Danish Academy of Natural Sciences (NAFA) is therefore exploring new designs of continuing education programs. However, maybe new education programs should not be inspired purely by their local context and usual sources of knowledge, maybe we should also look towards other cultures and practices of continuing education for new insights and inspiration? This led us to carry out a literature review focusing on mapping international practices and programs of continuing education for science teachers. The strategy has been to investigate how these characteristics can be used to further advance Scandinavian approaches to continuing science teacher education within the structure of the Scandinavian school system and the existing culture of learning and teaching? The preliminary findings suggest that teachers across the world especially benefit from education programs with the ability to adapt to the situated context, school system and the local team culture. Implementation and sustainable organizational learning regarding continuing education seems to rely on invested time, clear communication strategies, support from management and, above all, it needs to make sense in the everyday practice of the science teachers. These findings and using them to develop new strategies of continuing science education in a Scandinavian context we are looking forward to presenting and discussing at the conference.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2023
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2023
EventTHE EUROPEAN SCIENCE EDUCATION RESEARCH ASSOCIATION: THE 15TH CONFERENCE OF THE EUROPEAN SCIENCE EDUCATION RESEARCH ASSOCIATION (ESERA) - Turkey, Cappadocia, Turkey
Duration: 28 Aug 20231 Sept 2023
Conference number: xxxxxx
https://www.esera2023.net/

Conference

ConferenceTHE EUROPEAN SCIENCE EDUCATION RESEARCH ASSOCIATION
Numberxxxxxx
LocationTurkey
Country/TerritoryTurkey
CityCappadocia
Period28/08/2301/09/23
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Keywords

  • learning, educational science and teaching
  • education, professions and jobs
  • schools, courses and institutions

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