Scientific methods assignments as a basis for developing a profession-oriented inquiry-based learning approach in teacher education
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Original versionPublication Cover European Journal of Teacher Education. 2021. https://doi.org/10.1080/02619768.2021.1928628
Numerous studies emphasise the contribution of inquiry-based learning approaches to positive learning outcomes for students; however, in this study, we explore how a scientific methods assignment may qualify as a profession-oriented, inquiry-based learning approach in teacher education. The paper presents analysis of student teachers’ reports on a scientific methods assignment completed during their fifth school placement. The student teachers were each required to conduct a focus group interview with a group of pupils. The overall aim of the assignment was to integrate aspects of inquiry-based learning and a profession-oriented approach. Our analysis demonstrates that the scientific methods assignment qualifies in some ways as a profession-oriented, inquiry-based learning assignment. However, several aspects of the assignment need to be improved and further developed to optimise its potential. The paper is concluded with some suggestions for further developments.