Second focus-group interview – report

In the afternoon of November 23th we held our second online focus group interview that focused on the relationship between school inequalities and teacher education. The focus group included 13 participants from Nyíregyháza and its surroundings (Hungary), representing both higher education and teacher training, as well as regional schools.

The discussion focused on the special conditions of educating disadvantaged pupils (mainly Roma pupils attending segregated schools), and the specific pedagogical skills and abilities needed to be successful. We examined how the structure and content of teacher education currently prepares students for careers as teachers, particularly in schools with large numbers of disadvantaged pupils. We discussed suggestions and options for how teacher training should be developed to prepare teachers to work with children in everyday life.

One of the most important points of the discussion was that, in addition to teacher training, which is the foundation of a career, it is very important for teachers to have continuous professional development, and to be prepared for constant changes, for example in the specificities of educating disadvantaged children.