Student-teachers' Ability to Implement Competency Approach: The Case of the University of Latvia

Linda Daniela (Coresponding Author), Raimonds Strods, Zanda Rubene, Sandra Kalniņa

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Even though it has already been 25 years since the collapse of the Soviet Union and the regaining of independence for the Republic of Latvia, teacher education faces various and specific problems brought forth by the experience behind the 'iron curtain', spanning five decades. Ever since regaining its independence, Latvia has implemented ambitious education reforms. A new education reform has been launched in Latvia, which start to implement the competency approach in general education by 2018. A vital aspect of this reform is teacher education. In preparing teachers, universities have an extra task - to promote competency of the future teachers to implement the competency approach in schools, in a student-centred study process. The organisation process must change during the university study process in order to accommodate that the future teachers acquire actual competencies by using modern technologies and modern learning strategies, thus later promoting active involvement of students in the construction of their competencies.

This study carried out a survey of 170 students of the teacher education programme at the University of Latvia and revealed problem areas that should be changed in the teacher education process to ensure that the future teachers are able to implement the competency approach in schools. IBM SPSS Statistics 22 was used to analyse data. The research objective was to learn student-teachers' ability to implement competency approach in their pedagogical work.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFuture Of Innovation And Technology In Education
Subtitle of host publicationPolicies And Practices For Teaching And Learning Excellence
EditorsA Visvizi, MD Lytras, L Daniela
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-78756-555-5
ISBN (Print)978-1-78756-556-2
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameEmerald Studies in Higher Education Innovation and Technology


  • Student-teachers' competency approach
  • Assessment of learning outcomes
  • Learning environment
  • Media literacy
  • Scaffolding of learning
  • Use of technologies in the learning process

Field of Science*

  • 5.3 Educational sciences

Publication Type*

  • 3.1. Articles or chapters in proceedings/scientific books indexed in Web of Science and/or Scopus database


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