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The Linkage of Research and Writing Competence in Teacher Education

Moroni, Sandra; Bürki, Gisela (2020). The Linkage of Research and Writing Competence in Teacher Education. In: Lehmann, Thomas (ed.) International Perspectives on Knowledge Integration (pp. 371-388). Leiden: Koninklijke Brill NV 10.1163/9789004429499_016

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The teaching of both research and writing skills is of central importance for the training of prospective teachers at Swiss universities. Research skills are a vital prerequisite for teachers to be able to better assess their own teaching techniques. Furthermore, teachers must also possess double literacy: Firstly, teachers practice a profession involving intensive writing, since they not only write in the context of teaching but also, for example, in cooperation with parents. Secondly, they must be able to teach writing regardless of the subject they teach. Research skills and writing skills are interdependent in some ways. For example, when students write their Master’s thesis, they need both skills. Therefore, it makes sense to foster both competences simultaneously. Based on the knowledge integration approach, the present chapter shows how, within the framework of teacher training at secondary level 1 at a University of Teacher Education, a teaching method was created to simultaneously and gradually develop research and writing skills. The study area “Research, Development, Evaluation” comprises four modules and ends with the writing of the Master’s thesis (Module 4). In the first module, the students’ performance skills are promoted and confidence in written expression is acquired. In the second module students learn how to write a scientific paper. The module includes, inter alia, quantitative and qualitative research methods. In the third module, the acquired competences are deepened and consolidated through an internship. In the sense of a good-practice example, the present chapter focuses on the seminar “Research, Development, Evaluation: Fundamentals 1” (Module 2). The present chapter shows how the seminar is structured and how this method simultaneously improves research and writing skills.

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Moroni, Sandra, Bürki, Gisela


Koninklijke Brill NV




Jessica Brunner

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26 Jul 2022 16:30

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