A NEW PRIMARY TEACHER’S PROFILE IS NEEDED IN EDUCATION. CHARACTERISTICS DETECTED FROM DIFFERENT STAKEHOLDERS

This paper is part of a broader research about the design of an Instructional Model for Initial Training teachers tailored to meet the needs of the EHEA.

It was intended to gather information from the stakeholders involved in the educational community about the ideal profile of the teacher with the purpose of improving the initial training of teachers, the learning processes followed in their training, the methodology and assessment tools used, which they may apply to their own students in the future.

Qualitative methods, such as interviews and focus groups were used with various stakeholders from public, and private schools that gave us information on their perspectives to analyze the problem from different standpoints. The sample was made up of 14 elementary students, 9 university students, 5 Infant and Primary Education practitioners and 1 teacher training consultant were interviewed.

They gave us information that in many ways was similar among them. They defined the profile of the new teacher, and showed interesting contributions about basic training, teaching methodology, evaluation systems, learning communities, ICT, bilingualism, internationalization of higher education... It is noteworthy the importance given to the relationship between universities and schools by the possibilities of mutual collaboration detected.

These qualitative data, in addition to the questionnaires collected from university professors, have shed light to raise an instructional model adjusted to the specific demands of the knowledge society of the XXI century.