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Trials of  suitability testing prior to admission to teacher education in Sweden - some early results
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of pedagogy. (KOLA)
2017 (English)In: Changing perspectives and approaches in contemporary teaching: Enhancing the quality of teacher education, 2017Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Contemporary Swedish reports on education focus decreasing status of theteaching profession (Skolvärlden, 2014), a large future teacher shortage(Regeringen, 2016), major defection from teacher education (UKÄ 2016) andfalling ratings in PISA's knowledge assessments (OECD 2015). The state'spublic inquiry (SOU 2008:109) states that "the single most important factor for a school system to be successful is that the right people become teachers.”(ibid., p.424) In 2014 The Swedish government asked for the holding of “a trial withrequirements for suitability tests before entering the teacher and preschool teacher education ". The presentation outlines the experience gained so far based on 168 applicants who have undergone the admittance test at  LinnaeusUniversity in 2016, as well as on 75 already admitted teacher students who participated in the prior simulated testing sessions during their first month at university in 2015. The results on suitability tests are compared with student performances on theoretical courses and teacher practice courses.Correlations are calculated for the relations between results of the subdomains in the suitability test. The study is framed within theories of admission research noting fields of tension where different interests meet. Admission test should give fair access to teacher education whilst justice also must include that future pupils are given access to the good teachers (Childs et al, 2011). Previous studies show varying results regarding to what extent socially interactive elements in suitability testing can predict success in teacher practicecourses (Shechtman, 1989; Kosnik et al, 2005).

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2017.
Keywords [en]
suitability testing, Sweden, teacher education
National Category
Educational Sciences
Research subject
Pedagogics and Educational Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-76536OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-76536DiVA, id: diva2:1229010
Conference
ATEE (Association for Teacher Education in Europe), Dubrovnik, Croatia, 23-25 Oct. 2017
Note

Ej belagd 20181030

Available from: 2018-06-29 Created: 2018-06-29 Last updated: 2018-10-30Bibliographically approved

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