Student teachers learn glocally

Published: 2 April 2013

The course local community, environment, culture and technology for aspiring Compulsory school teachers. Teacher Students are provided within the course, basic knowledge of history, religion, social studies and geography.

- It is a course that deals with everything. Everything from cartography, democracy, world religions, water, energy and food security, history and more. Our aim is to convey a "glocal" perspective - to understand and be able to place the community in a global and historical context, says Josefin Rönnbäck lecturer at Luleå University of Technology.

The course mixes research and theoretical knowledge with a variety of practical and didactic exercises, excursions and field trips. Teacher Students will thus not only gain knowledge of various subjects, but also knowledge of learning.

Gunnar Jonsson and Josefin Rönnbäck

- Students will practice for an upcoming professional role. We see exams not only as "knowledge checks" but largely as learning opportunities, says Josefin Rönnbäck.

Storytelling and food

The course includes, among other things, a study of Norrbotten County Museum where the students learned how to tell a story - a teaching method that activate and involve students. The method is based on facts, but also stimulates the imagination and children's innate creativity. After the visit the students got the task of designing a theme day with this method as a starting point.

- We already have an established partnership with Furupakskolan in Luleå and they wanted to participate and therefore a local bus with 40 students from grades three, along with three teacherscame to LTU to be taught by student teachers. The students were also given the task of planning and making a pedagogical meal with the kids. One group chose to do "kålkaka" with the children, a true living history, a theme work, says Josefin Rönnbäck.

Curt Persson, PhD student and one of the teachers involved in the course.

Cooperation across institutional boundaries

The course Local communities, the environment, culture and technology is a collaboration between the Department of Arts, Communication and Education, and Department of Economics, technology and society, creating learning opportunities also for the teacher team.

- It is very rewarding in many ways - it is learning across subject boundaries even in the teacher team and we've had many worthwhile educational talks and discussions - not only in the planning phase of the course, but throughout the course. I feel that we complement each other in a good way and that we have the same objective.