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Förskollärare eller grundskollärare?: Så påverkar högskolestudierna valet av inriktning för några lärare på den kombinerade lärarutbildningen
Södertörn University, Lärarutbildningen.
2011 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Primary or preschool teacher? : How the studies influence the choice for a few teachers from the combined teachers program (English)
Abstract [en]

April 28th 2010 the Swedish parliament decided that the combined teacher exam will be divided into four parts. This means that the education for preschool teachers and primary school teachers will have to be separated and future teachers will have to decide before their studies what ages they want to work with. To investigate if this could affect the quality of the choice I have interviewed 5 new teachers from the combined teachers program about what ages they wanted to teach before they began to study and what ages they wanted to teach after completed studies. I did this to see whether the choice was influenced by the educations or not. It turned out that all 5 had an idea of what ages they wanted to teach in before they began the educations and only one of my interviewees changed her mind during the studies. The others felt that their choice was confirmed during the educations. It was mainly during the practical training that they received an idea of what it was like to work as a teacher. Four of them received a positive image of what it was like to work in preschool, while several of them said they got negative experiences from primary school. This could be one of the reasons why four of the five interviewees work in preschool today. The person who changed her mind changed from wanting to work in primary to wanting to work in preschool after the practical training. The interviewees chose the profession that they perceived filled their need of affection, appreciation and acknowledgement. They also thought that the profession they opted out seemed more difficult than the profession they have today. They identified themselves no more or less with any career before they began the studies and feel today that they can only identify with the profession they want, which in all except one case, is the profession they’ve got. The idea of what teachers are like changed during the studies and became more positive and reality based. All interviewees got more knowledge about teachers and their work during the studies and had a better understanding to base their decision on after completed studies.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 39 p.
Keyword [en]
Primary teacher, preschool teacher, teacher Education, teacher socialization, identity
Keyword [sv]
grundskollärare, förskollärare, lärarutbildning, lärarsocialisation, identitet
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Educational Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-14541OAI: diva2:474076
Subject / course
Education Studies
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2012-01-09 Created: 2012-01-09 Last updated: 2012-01-09Bibliographically approved

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