University of Jyväskylä Teacher Training School
The Teacher Training School is part of the University of Jyväskylä’s Faculty of Education. It is a university practice school that provides basic education as well as general upper secondary education. In the autumn of 2014, the Teacher Training School had 1010 pupils, 705 of whom attended basic education and 305 general upper secondary education. The teaching staff numbers 90 and non-teaching staff 12.
The Teacher Training School operates in two buildings: the primary school is located at the western edge of the University’s main campus, at the address Pitkäkatu 8; whereas the lower and upper secondary school building stands at the northern edge of the same campus, at the address Yliopistonkatu 1. The primary school was founded in 1866, and the secondary school began operating in 1915.
The school is in charge of organising basic and general upper secondary education, supervised teaching practice, as well as research, experimental and development activities and continuing education for teachers. The aim is to provide students who are undergoing class teacher, special education teacher or subject teacher training with the supervised teaching practice required for a broad-based teacher qualification. Study counsellor students and English-speaking JULIET students also practice at the Teacher Training School.
We offer our pupils education in compliance with the syllabi for basic education and general upper secondary education. Our curriculum allows pupils to specialise in sports, mathematics & science or languages. The school is actively involved in national curriculum work related to basic as well as general upper secondary education. Our responsibilities also include the provision of training regarding the practical implementation of syllabi and development of innovative pedagogical models.
We design models enhancing the consistency of basic education and serve as an inclusive neighbourhood school for all the pupils completing their compulsory education within the district of admission. Our upper secondary school is part of the Jyväskylä Region’s upper secondary school network. Its principal aim, mirroring that of general upper secondary education as a whole, is to provide a solid foundation for versatile studies at institutions of higher education.
The school endeavours to promote its teaching and teacher training mission in a science-based manner, as well as to focus more on research, experimentation and development. The school also engages in the provision of continuing education services.
The Teacher Training School has carried out goal-oriented, long-term development work in order to create a high-quality, pedagogically viable information and communication technology (ICT) learning environment. We prepare our pupils for a modern information society, and the supervised teaching practice offers good opportunities to apply ICT to teaching. The school is an active member of Finnish teacher training schools’ eNorssi partner network (www.enorssi.fi).
The international activities offered to pupils are multifaceted right from the first grades of basic education to upper secondary school. The school maintains and develops international network projects with the help of its skilled personnel, EU programmes (CIMO, Comenius), UNESCO, and the Finnish National Board of Education.
The Teacher Training School also participates in various initiatives:
1. Problem-based pedagogy is applied to the development of science education. Science education aims at engendering a multifaceted world view in the learner. The science education project’s pedagogical implementation relies on problem-based and investigative learning. The training offers concrete experiences that support the development of logical and critical thinking. For the teacher trainees, this introduction to science education means studying active, research-based and learner-oriented ways of work during the supervised teaching practice.
2. An entrepreneurial education project offers concrete experiences that promote the development of intra- and entrepreneurship.
3. An internationalisation project aims to develop, expand and diversify the school’s international activities.
4. The strategy for the application of information and communication technology in teaching aims at creating a high-quality, versatile ICT environment for teaching and supervised teaching practice. The goal is also to develop competence in the application of ICT in teaching.
5. A project coordinated by the Department of Sport Sciences attends to the continuing education of physical education teachers at the national level.
6. The project Understanding and Providing a Developmental Approach to Technology Education (UPDATE), coordinated by the Agora Center, is part of the school’s extensive international technology development project, funded by the EU.
7. The ‘Teacher’s Path – Promoting Broad-Based Teachership[s1] ’ project, coordinated by the Faculty of Education.
The Teacher Training School’s responsibilities also include research and development of the supervised teaching practice, learning and teaching. Teaching and teacher training are developed in a science-based manner: exploring and experimenting. On the basis of their job description, the school’s teachers are developer-teachers, and the school is a developer-school; in particular, within the sphere of supervised teaching practice, which is one of its core functions.
The University of Jyväskylä Teacher Training School has its own publication series. The series includes reports and articles from research, experimental and development projects implemented in the school, mainly written in Finnish. Several University of Jyväskylä students also complete their theses at the Teacher Training School, and they are assessed by their respective departments. Students can apply for permission to undertake a thesis or other research from the principal or the person coordinating the school’s research, experimental and development activities.