The PaLea Study
Initiated by the Bologna Process, a variety of new concepts and pilot attempts to teacher trainings can presently be found in the German Federal States; efforts to keep the existing study programs also still exist. The project PaLea examines teacher students’ development throughout their studies and under these varying conditions.
The main research questions include the following:
How do different study programs affect teacher students’ professional development? Which differential effects can be observed depending on teacher students’ characteristics?
- What kind of learning opportunities do teacher students encounter throughout their studies? How do they evaluate the quality of the support provided?
- How can teacher students be described in terms of personal and social background characteristics? How do these characteristics affect their professional development?
- What motivations, expectations and attitudes do students have regarding their studies and their future profession? How do these factors change during the course of their studies?
To answer these research questions, we will repeatedly draw on a large sample of teacher students from thirteen German universities. We will also collect detailed information about the curricula of the participating universities. The participating universities exemplify different types of teacher training programs.
The panel started in fall 2009 using a paper & pencil questionnaire, followed by online-based questionnaires at the beginning and at the end of each semester. Documents concerning the teacher training programs were collected at the beginning and will be followed up on several times during the panel. PaLea will end in fall 2012.
The PaLea study is a cooperation of Prof. Dr. Olaf Köller (IPN Kiel), Prof. Dr. Jens Möller (CAU Kiel) and Prof. Dr. Manfred Prenzel (TU München). Experts in educational research of thirteen German partner universities are participating in the implementation of this study. The research project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
If you have any questions about this study, please contact the project team at the IPN Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education at the University of Kiel (please see “Contact”)