Learning to teach and doing teaching in the third space (PhD Project)
This doctoral research project is a study of professional practice in teacher education and school-university partnerships as "third spaces".
How and in what ways do school-university partnerships afford third spaces for professional practice in initial teacher education? (Photo: Colourbox illustration)
About the project
The “third space” - a concept borrowed from post-colonial theory - has been used in teacher education over the last decade to describe the arena where universities, schools, and dominant discourses converge in less hierarchical ways. The overarching aim of this PhD project is to investigate how and in what ways do school-university partnerships afford third spaces for professional practice in initial teacher education.
In doing so, the study first explores how scholarly literature has conceptualized the third space as a promising but challenging arena where epistemologies converge in professional practice. This initial scoping review unfolds the increasing attention that the concept “third space” has had during the last decade and establishes the foundation that this study aims to further build upon.
The study then seeks to develop an understanding of how pre-service teachers and teacher educators (from schools and at universities or colleges) perceive their roles in partnerships for professional practice.
The study examines pre-service teachers’ and teacher educators’ perspectives through a mixed methods design by integrating qualitative and quantitative data from the part-time practical and pedagogical education program (PPU deltid) at the University of Oslo. An online survey for pre-service teachers conducted before and after the professional practice period is the core of this research, including interviews with teacher educators and pre-service teachers.
The project is a four-year doctoral research project (2019–2023), financed by the Department of Teacher Education and School Research at the University of Oslo.