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Student participation within teacher education: emphasising democratic values, engagement and learning for a future profession
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Arts, Communication and Education, Education, Language, and Teaching.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7952-5111
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Arts, Communication and Education, Education, Language, and Teaching.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3657-6223
2018 (English)In: Higher Education Research and Development, ISSN 0729-4360, E-ISSN 1469-8366, Vol. 37, no 7, p. 1352-1365Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this article is to explore student participation in teaching and learning, focusing on third-year students’ experiences in a Swedish teacher education programme. Student participation is here defined as students being active and engaged in the classroom; students impacting on curriculum design; and students’ feeling of belonging to a community. The research reported is based on an interview study and analyses processes, benefits and challenges of, as well as motivations for, student participation. The findings revealed that students have diverse understandings of student participation and that the degree of participation is dependent on students’ and teachers’ engagement, expectations and responsibility. Student teachers also connected student participation to their learning and future profession as teachers. The students mainly discussed intrinsic motivations (beneficial to learning) for student participation, but there were also traces of altruistic motivations (learning citizenship). Extrinsic motivations (university benefits), however, were absent. Voices of resistance to student participation were also present; these students preferred a more teacher-led education and were not used to a high degree of participation. Students’ understandings of student participation challenge teacher–student roles in teacher education specifically, but also in higher education generally. It is important to acknowledge students’ diverse understandings of student participation. Overall, based on students’ experiences, student participation creates engagement and motivation for learning here and now and for the future profession. The study indicates that student participation has an inherent value beyond benefitting measurable outcomes, where democratic values, engagement and learning for the future profession are promoted.

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Taylor & Francis, 2018. Vol. 37, no 7, p. 1352-1365
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Student participation, teacher education, democracy, engagement, teacher–student roles
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Pedagogy
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Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-69510DOI: 10.1080/07294360.2018.1484708ISI: 000447812600003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-69510DiVA, id: diva2:1218269
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Validerad;2018;Nivå 2; 2018-11-15 (inah)

Available from: 2018-06-14 Created: 2018-06-14 Last updated: 2018-11-15Bibliographically approved

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