Donnerstag, 13. Mrz 2014, 16:00 - 18:00 iCal

The model of realistic teacher education and the role of reflection

Fred Korthagen (Universität Utrecht)

Seminarraum ZLB
Porzellangasse 4, Stiege 2, 3. Stock, 1090 Wien


Many studies show that the impact of teacher education on teachers depends on the pedagogical approaches used and that this impact is often rather limited. In his presentation, dr. Korthagen will give a brief overview of this line of research. Next, the so-called realistic approach to teacher education will be presented, which has been shown to have a strong impact on teacher learning. In this approach, authentic teaching situations and student teachers’ own concerns form the basis for reflection and the introduction of theory. The concept of reflection will be clarified and elaborated. During the last couple of years, Korthagen has focused on core reflection, and has developed an approach in which the personal and the professional aspects of teaching are combined, leading to deep and transformative learning in teacher education.

About the presenter

Fred A.J. Korthagen has been a mathematics teacher and a teacher educator for many years. In 2000, he became a professor of teacher education at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. He specializes in the professional development of teachers and teacher educators and in the promotion of reflection. He is a co-developer of the core reflection approach and has worked with many schools, both national and international, on the use of his approach to reflection. He received international awards for his academic work. His book Linking Practice and Theory: The Pedagogy of Realistic Teacher Education has been translated into five other languages. For more information, see


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