FSD3459 Attractiveness of Teacher Education: Surveys 2020

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  • University of Jyväskylä. Finnish Institute for Educational Research


educational environment, image, mass media bias, mass media use, schoolteachers, students, teacher conditions of employment, teacher status, teacher training, teaching profession


The survey studied the image and pulling power of teacher education programmes and teaching profession in Finland as perceived by upper secondary school students, students in teacher education, teacher educators and guidance counsellors working in upper secondary schools. Most questions were asked from all the four respondent groups. The data are part of a research project on the attractiveness of programmes leading to a teaching degree, conducted by the Finnish Institute for Educational Research at the University of Jyväskylä and funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture.

Upper secondary students were asked about their studies and future study plans. Students in teacher education were asked about their experiences of the study programme and intentions to work as a teacher in the future. Teacher educators were asked about their work experience.

Images of teacher training and education were charted with questions relating to, for instance, quality of the study programme. Views were probed on whether certain issues increased or decreased the pulling power of teacher education programmes, for instance, the employment situation of teachers and the tough competition to get a place in such a programme. Images of teaching profession and the educational environment in Finnish schools were studied with statements and questions covering views on teachers' working conditions, pay, leave entitlement, career opportunities, autonomy at work, digital transformation, teacher impact on society, and relations with students and parents. The respondents were asked to what extent they followed different types of media and whether the media had a negative or positive impact on their image of the attractiveness of teaching and education profession.

Background variables included the respondent's group, gender, age group, mother tongue, type of municipality, whether there was a university providing teacher education programmes in the municipality, and the year when commenced studies.

FSD holdings also contain another dataset related to the same research project: FSD3458 Attractiveness of Teacher Education: Focus Group Interviews 2020.

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