About the project

The project will comprise several subprojects and aims to test the software program MOSO in Primary and Lower Secondary School teaching practice. The testing and the experiences in question will form the basis of larger research projects.

Teaching practice supervision that is part of teacher training involves the students and the teaching practice supervisor commuting between three related activities:

  • teaching
  • observation
  • supervision

The interaction between these activities is the decisive factor for the quality of the supervision. The same also applies to the interplay with, and communication between, the university and the teaching practice school for the duration of the teaching practice periods. Modern technology provides increasingly improved opportunities to support interaction and communication in the teaching practice periods in the sense that information, observation and feedback can now be shared easily by students, supervisors and subject teachers. This has the potential to contribute to strengthening the quality of teaching practice supervision. 

Mathisen & Bjørndal (2016) demonstrate in their study, “Tablet as a digital tool in supervision of student teachers’ practical training” that there is considerable potential for improving the quality of supervision, and a need for a tailor-made software product which better attends to the connection inherent in the supervision process. On the basis of the survey, UiA has developed a prototype of the software program MOSO (Mentoring and Observation Software, fig. 2), in collaboration with MOSO AS and Frontbyte AS. In the autumn of 2016, a collaboration will commence between PULS, the IT department, and UiA’s teacher training programme, working on a project which also involves UiT and Halmstad University.

In the period from spring 2016 up to and including autumn 2017, the project will include four activities:

  1. Testing MOSO on 5-10 groups of the teacher training programme’s third and fourth teaching practice periods, revealing through qualitative data the challenges and opportunities of the use of MOSO in teaching practice supervision.
  2. Preparing a larger, quantitative study in order to find out if digital supervision technology affects the experience of mastering the central skills of the teaching profession, learning outcomes in teaching practice, and assessment of the quality of supervision in the interaction with the practical training supervisor.
  3. Preparing new applications in collaboration with other universities and academies.
  4. Further developing national and international collaborations

The collaboration between the three educational institutions in question will form the basis of co-ordinated tests and data collection. This will be planned out during the Autumn of 2016, and the tests will mainly be carried out in 2017.

Project staff

Petter Mathisen 
Project Manager
Professor
Centre for Teaching and Learning
University of Agder
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Cato Bjørndal
Professor. Dr.Polit. 
Department of Education
University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway
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Johan Kristian Andreasen
Assistant Professor
Department of Education
University of Agder
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Ann-Christine Wennergren
Assistant Professor
School of Education, Humanities and Social Sciences
Halmstad University
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Fredrik Thornberg
University Lecturer
School of Education, Humanities and Social Sciences
Halmstad University
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Collaborative partners

The project is a collaboration between the University of AgderUiT – The Arctic University of Norway and Halmstad University.

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