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Self-Evaluation of Future Teacher Professional Competences: a Case Study in Latvia

Gatis Lāma1, Līga Āboliņa1, Baiba Kaļķe1, Edīte Sarva1, Anda Āboliņa2, Māra Bernande1
1 University of Latvia, Latvia
2 Rezekne Academy of Technologies, Latvia

Abstract. Teacher education is the focus of many organisations as an influential tool for improving the quality of our lives, including sustainable development (UNESCO 2022, OECD 2016). Similar to other educational fields, teacher education is increasingly being viewed through the lens of competences rather than just subject knowledge and skills. In Latvia a new competency-based curriculum has been introduced at all levels of education (Skola2030). Therefore, it is important to review the competences required for teachers and developed in higher education to potentially improve the quality of education for their future students and provide experiences in developing competences with which students will have to work in schools as well. In this research we use a self-evaluation instrument developed through the project “Development and Implementation of the Education Quality Monitoring System” (2nd round) for measuring future teachers’ professional competences. The results show that overall, future educators self-evaluate their competences highly in all sub-competence areas. Higher self-evaluations are seen in the area of professional development, while lower self-evaluations are seen in the area of planning learning.

Keywords: teacher education, professional competences, self-assessment, higher education, measuring competences.

This research was supported by the project “Assessment of Competences of Higher Education Students and Dynamics of Their Development in the Study Process” (ESF project Development and Implementation of the Education Quality Monitoring System) (Project agreement no. ESS2022/422).

In: Human, Technologies and Quality of Education, 2023. Proceedings of Scientific Papers = Cilvēks, tehnoloģijas un izglītības kvalitāte, 2023. Rakstu krājums
Riga, University of Latvia, 2023. 796 p. Ed. L. Daniela
ISBN 978-9934-36-116-6