Antecedents of Student Teachers’ Commitment to the Teaching Profession in Finland and Norway

  • Eyvind Elstad University of Oslo, Norway
  • Kalle Juuti University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Knut-Andreas Christophersen University of Oslo, Norway
  • Trond Solhaug Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway
  • Are Turmo University of Oslo, Norway

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to explore antecedents of Finnish and Norwegian student teachers’ prospective commitment to work as teachers or pursue other careers. Are student teachers’ perceptions of coherence between the theoretical and practical elements of the teaching programme related to their commitment to work as teachers or to pursue other careers? For Finnish student teachers, strong associations emerged between the theory-practice interaction in supervision and student teachers’ prospective commitment to work as teachers. Norwegian student teachers exhibited strong associations between personalised feedback and their prospective commitment to teaching. Implications for practice and further research are discussed.

Author Biographies

Eyvind Elstad, University of Oslo, Norway

Professor, Department of Teacher Education and School Research

Kalle Juuti, University of Helsinki, Finland

Associate professor, Department of Education

Knut-Andreas Christophersen, University of Oslo, Norway

Associate professor, Department of Political Science

Trond Solhaug, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway

Professor, Department of Teacher Education

Are Turmo, University of Oslo, Norway

Researcher, The Norwegian Centre for Science Education

Published
2021-08-27
Section
Articles
Keywords
student teachers, commitment, turnover intention, Finland, Norway