Teacher training programs: Toward implementing a naturalist approach

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This study aims to explore how the naturalist approach can be used to improve learning. 60 novice teachers were encouraged to provide a question on a topic in education that interested them. The data analysis was based on a qualitative methodology using ATLAS.ti 5.0. The findings indicated that most of the questions could be accounted for by a model that included the following four dimensions: ‘student discipline’, ‘student achievements’, ‘student well-being’ and ‘relationship with parents’. The findings suggest that teacher training programs should consider using the naturalist approach as an integral part of their curriculum to promote meaningful learning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-41
Number of pages17
JournalCurriculum and Teaching
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2014

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  • Effective learning
  • Learner-centered education
  • Naturalist approach
  • Schools
  • Teacher trainees


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