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Pedagogical Principles

Professional Teacher Education 2022 - 2023

The pedagogical principles at the School of Teacher Education are based on three elements:

  1. creating learning through meaningful learning activities
  2. building learning partnerships in order to create new knowledge
  3. utilising digital technologies and environments to support these two above.

The first two principles create the methodological basis of learning and guidance, whereas various digital tools and resources support meaningful learning. Digital technology provides an opportunity for interaction and joint knowledge creation that is independent of time and place. Digital resources also provide an opportunity for more extensive, diverse and up-to-date information seeking.

1. Meaningful Learning Activities

The use of meaningful learning activities as a source of learning is based on constructivism. This gives learners the opportunity to be active in setting appropriate questions in terms of their own learning aims providing basis for active knowledge creation. The notion of knowledge is therefore dynamic.

The purpose of learning activities is to create new knowledge and understanding of phenomena being studied by integrating new ideas, information and concepts into learners’ existing knowledge structures. The learning tasks not only prompt the production of new knowledge but also the application in authentic contexts when possible. Through learning activities, learners develop a proactive approach and ownership of their own learning.

2. Learning partnerships

Social interaction plays a key role in boosting learning, creating shared understanding and the co-production and sharing of new knowledge.

Learning partnerships are based on an interactive relationship between an individual and their environment. Interactive relationships therefore play a key role in learning experiences. They are formed in the relationships between students, between teachers and students and between other social networks and communities that have common learning goals. These partnerships form a key basis in pedagogical activities.

The partnership between teachers and students is built on the principles of equality, transparency, mutual responsibility and mutual learning. Building common trust is a shared task for all partners.

In line with the humanistic approach, this curriculum understands humans having the potential for growth, development and self-realisation. However, the structures that affect the self are complex. Building and maintaining the current state of the self, identity and knowledge are key aims in all education.

3. Utilisation of digital opportunities

Digital technology is constantly changing our work, organisations, society and lives. These technologies enable many possibilities for communication between people as well as possibilities to find, create and use information in a new, innovative way.

It is essential that students are supported and prompted  in finding, learning and creating new information by using digital tools and resources. It is possible to get access to digital tools and resources practically everywhere, which makes it possible to create connections independent of time and place for creating and sharing ideas. Digital tools make it possible to provide continuous feedback and thereby support making learning and creating new information visible to all relevant parties.

The expansion of digitalisation is already transforming working life and society in that citizens are required have the ability to use digital tools and to adopt new ways of thinking.