Integrating Theory and Practice in Teaching Writing Across School Subjects: Insights from Initial Teacher Education

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Conventional teacher education is often seen as predominantly theoretical, raising a challenge in effectively blending theoretical knowledge with practical application (Darling-Hammond, 2014). To equip student teachers with the skills to teach writing effectively, teacher education programs must help them grasp the essence of writing as a phenomenon and understand the practical realities of teaching writing (Bomer et al., 2019; Winzell, 2018).
This presentation outlines an ongoing project titled “Skrivdidaktik i lärarutbildning och skola i Finland och Sverige” (2022–2024), a collaborative research endeavor between the Teacher Education departments at Åbo Akademi University in Finland and Umeå University in Sweden. Within this project, we conduct lectures and interactive reflective seminars on writing didactic theory (Ivanic, 2004, 2017), utilizing a reflective observation model (Sturk, 2022). This model involves linking various supportive elements in the course structure with teacher candidates' observations of writing instruction in school settings. We employ a framework that encompasses various discourses of writing and learning to write. Ivanič (2004) presents a holistic view of writing across layers: text, cognition, events, and social contexts, identifying seven key discourses: skills, creativity, thinking and learning, process, genre, social practices, and sociopolitical factors. A total of 135 student teachers participated in the project, with data collection comprising 234 questionnaires, 237 observed lessons spanning school years 1–6, 47 student teachers’ exams, 2 focus group interviews, and 3 researchers’ notes.
The overarching goal of the project is to investigate how student teachers integrate theoretical concepts of writing and teaching writing into practical contexts, examining the process of recontextualizing a framework for writing and teaching writing within the context of teacher education. To achieve this, three primary research questions are posed:
• How do student teachers translate theory into practice?
• How do student teachers apply writing theory in practical settings?
• What characterizes the interaction between researchers and student teachers during seminars on teaching writing theory and practice?
Various methods have been employed to analyze the data, including deductive discourse analysis for identifying writing discourses, thematic content analysis to explore student teachers' reflections (Braun & Clarke, 2006), and a post-humanistic approach to investigate interactions during seminar discussions between students and researchers.
Preliminary findings suggest both opportunities and challenges in translating theoretical insights on writing into practical teaching strategies, particularly concerning the dimensions of writing as text, cognition, and social practice. The seminars appear instrumental in fostering a deeper understanding of the intricacies involved in teaching writing.
Aikajakso14 toukok. 2024
Tapahtuman otsikkoLITUM symposium: Literacy in teacher education
Tapahtuman tyyppiSymposiumi
SijaintiUmeå, SwedenNäytä kartalla
Tunnustuksen arvoKansainvälinen