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Youth literature curricula at teacher training colleges in the Netherlands

Reiling, I (2017) Youth literature curricula at teacher training colleges in the Netherlands.

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Abstract:Recent research has indicated that in the Netherlands, pre-service teacher’s knowledge of youth literature is often limited to books from their own childhood and that their interest in youth literature is low (Groothengel, 2016). This study focuses on the role of youth literature in the curricula of teacher training colleges, and the interest in and knowledge of teacher trainers regarding this type of literature. First, a review of the literature was carried out to find potentially influencing factors on the interest in and instruction of teacher trainers regarding youth literature. Secondly, a case study was carried out at one teacher training college, it turned out that more youth literature was used in classrooms than was described in the documents. The results from the case study were used to develop an online survey for teacher trainers from the Dutch language sections of teacher training colleges in the Netherlands. Results from the survey show that teacher trainers’ attitudes towards youth literature are positive. They make it part of their lessons and most factors that were found in the literature review have a place in their curricula. Yet, they are not satisfied with the results of their curricula.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:81 education, teaching
Programme:Educational Science and Technology MSc (60023)
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