Research Article
How to Train Good Teachers in Finnish Universities? Student Teachers’ Study Process and Teacher Educators’ Role in It

Satu Uusiautti , Kaarina Maatta

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Uusiautti, S., & Maatta, K. (2012). How to Train Good Teachers in Finnish Universities? Student Teachers’ Study Process and Teacher Educators’ Role in It. European Journal of Educational Research, 1(4), 339-352. doi:10.12973/eu-jer.1.4.339

Uusiautti S., and Maatta K. 2012 'How to Train Good Teachers in Finnish Universities? Student Teachers’ Study Process and Teacher Educators’ Role in It', European Journal of Educational Research , vol. 1, no. 4, pp. 339-352. Available from:

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Uusiautti, Satu and Maatta, Kaarina . "How to Train Good Teachers in Finnish Universities? Student Teachers’ Study Process and Teacher Educators’ Role in It". (2012)European Journal of Educational Research 1, no. 4(2012): 339-352. doi:10.12973/eu-jer.1.4.339


Due to Finnish pupils’ achievements in international comparisons, also Finnish teacher training has been widely acknowledged. Today’s educational policies aim at making teacher training more effective in Finland. However, in order to realize this in practice, not only reforms in educational policy or institutions are enough. More attention should be paid on student teachers’ study processes as a whole. In this article, we introduce an illustration of the factors that comprise student teachers’ study processes at universities. Based on the illustration, we will discuss what makes a good study process as the teacher’s academic degree and how teacher educators can make students’ progress on their study paths motivating and fruitful. We argue that teacher educators should be more thoughtful and willing to genuinely help and confront students as individuals: teacher educators should act as mentors who further students’ engagement in studying.

Keywords: Teacher training, studying, teacher student engagement, teacher educators, higher education


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