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Students' conceptions of and approaches to learning within pre-primary teacher education

Date: 1.8.1997-1.8.1999
Code: 84709
Department: Åbo Akademi University / Faculty of Education (PF), Dept. of Teacher Education
Address: Kyrkoesplanaden 11-13 / PB 311, FIN-65101 Vasa
Phone +358-6-3247 354
Fax +358-6-3247 302
E-mail geklund@abo.fi
Project leader: PeD Gunilla Eklund-Myrskog, lektor (1.8.1997-31.12.1998)
Researchers: PeM Tua Österback (1.8.1997-31.5.1998)
Type of research: 0 (0=Within duty, 1=Ordered research, 2=Co-operation)
- basic research 80 %
- developmental work 20 %
ŇA internal financing: FIM 28000
Man months: 5 months in 1997; Totally: 25 months
Contacts: Professor Erik Meyer, University of Cape Town Professor Claes-Göran Wenestam, Åbo Akademi, pedagogiska fakulteten
Keywords: inlärning, inlärningsprocess, barnträdgårdslärare, oppiminen, oppimisprosessi, lastentarhanopettajat, inlärningsinriktning, inlärningsresultat, barnträdgårdslärarutbildning, learning conception, learning approach, pre-primary teacher education,

The aim of this study is to investigate students' conceptions of and approaches to learning within pre-primary teacher education.In previous research, a quantitative and a qualitative view of learning have been identified, as well as a surface, a deep, and an achieving approach.In the empirical study, students (N=130) within pre-primary teacher education at Åbo Akademi participate.All students are asked to answer two questionnaires: "Conceptions of learning Inventory" (Erik Meyer) and "Study Process Questionnaire" (John Biggs).Based on the results from the quantitative study, 30 students are then selected for participating in qualitative deepinterviews.The aim is thus to map the conceptions and approaches among all students and then more apecifically to deepen certain aspects in theme-interviews.As a result of the quantitative and qualitative analyses of data, the aim is to identify different conceptions of and approaches to learning among students within pre-primary teacher education.In comparing similarities and differences between students at the beginning and the end of the educational program, the aim is further to relate the results to the pre-primary teacher education.

Publication(s)

29.3.1996 / 18.8.1997