Pre-service Science Teacher Preparation in Europe: Comparing Pre-service Teacher Preparation Programs in England, France, Finland and Cyprus

Maria Evagorou, Justin Dillon, Jouni Viiri, Virginie Albe

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Abstract

A number of reports recently identify that the quality of science education in a number of European countries is lower than expected. One of the reasons for the apparent underachievement in this generally economically prosperous continent might be a pedagogy of science that lacks variety, or a pedagogy that is less engaging than other subjects. Given the diversity of European education systems, the purpose of this paper is to present aspects of four pre-service teacher preparation programs illustrating the similarities and differences that emerge. Specifically, we present the teacher preparation programs in England, Finland, France and Cyprus.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-115
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Science Teacher Education
Volume26
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Keywords

  • Europe
  • Pre-service teacher training
  • Primary science
  • Secondary science
  • Teacher preparation programs

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