The TeachingClinic, a win-win-win Master's course

Teachers are supported by student teachers to solve their individual challenges in the classroom in an evidence-based way and to develop themselves. It is about offering a relevant service to society, in general, and to teachers, in particular.

Students work on concrete problems directly from practice. It's about relevant and meaningful learning.

The TeachingClinic Brings three parties together

Teachers

Would you like to participate in the TeachingClinic and improve your teaching or overcome specific challenges?

Give us a short presentation of your project and we will bring science into your classroom!

Students

You would like to participate in the TeachingClinic as a student?

At the moment the course is offered at the University of Vienna, Center for Teacher Education by Dominik E. Froehlich. Simply register for this course through the usual channels.

Teacher Educators

You want to offer the TeachingClinic at your institution?

We would be very happy if you would join our international TeachingClinic network!

Please contact us directly to discuss everything in detail.

I'm a math teacher at a middle school in Vienna and I'm always looking for new, innovative ideas to help students learn better. My participation in the TeachingClinic provided me with some great ideas that I would like to implement in my classroom - it's all about practical lessons that actually help my students progress. Thank you.

Matthias
Teacher at a middle school in Austria

I was hesitant at first because I didn't know if the TeachingClinic would be too much work for me. But I am so so glad that I finally did it. Without the support of the great team of students, I wouldn't have had enough energy to deal with the topic (Classroom Management) in depth. And I am still in contact with two students!

Melanie
Teacher in Vienna

The TeachingClinic is Digital 🖥️

Over 60 hours of ONLINE Courses

Using a own video course platform with tons of research resources and novel digital research tools, the TeachingClinic allows productive collaboration among the stakeholders.

ONLINE COACHING BOOKING

Individualized coaching on the students' schedule and focused on their specific projects is bookable through a state-of-the-art booking platform that is directly integrated in the LMS.

Social MEdia

Takeovers

Students manage the TeachingClinic's social media accounts via one leading social media platform. They take over the account and assume full responsibility; all students contribute posts.

The TeachingClinic is INTERNATIONAL 🗺️

COLLABORATIVE ONLINE INTERNATIONAL (Service) LEARNING

The TeachingClinic's approach to service learning is super-adaptible to any context. This also includes Collaborative online international learning experiences. The first instances of cross-country collaboration worked out fine - and we are always on the lookout for new partners!

International

OUtput

The TeachingClinic's output is shared internationally. We have published our research findings through faculty-student collaborations in international journals and international conferences.

Talks and Presentations (Selection)

  • Froehlich, D. E. (2021). Research Methods in Teacher Education: Meaningful Engagement Through Service-Learning [Paper presentation]. 3rd International Congress on Teaching Innovation and Research in Higher Education: Changes in the teaching-learning process of the áreas of knowledge, Virtual.
  • Froehlich, D. E., Hobusch, U., & Möslinger, K. (2021). Research Methods in Teacher Education: Meaningful engagement through service-learning [Paper presentation]. 4th European Conference on Service-Learning in Higher Education.
  • Hobusch, U., & Froehlich, D. E. (2021). Research Methods in Teacher Education: Meaningful Engagement Through Service-Learning [Paper presentation]. STEMS^2, Virtual.

"[In the] Teaching Clinic, we combine service-learning and design-based research to create meaningful learning engagements. "

Dominik E. Froehlich, Ulrich Hobusch, Karoline Möslinger

The TeachingClinic is INCLUSIVE 🎊

The students move through the TeachingClinic in a super-individualized manner. The plenum acts only as a sounding-board/peer-support group; most of the work is done in the smaller and self-paced project teams. The facilitator/teacher-educator gives individualized support through coaching hours, videofeedback, the large video repository. Dynamic, individualized assessment is used, which enhances inclusion.

The TeachingClinic is SUSTAINABLE 🌱

The students move through the TeachingClinic in a super-individualized manner. The plenum acts only as a sounding-board/peer-support group; most of the work is done in the smaller and self-paced project teams. The facilitator/teacher-educator gives individualized support through coaching hours, videofeedback, the large video repository. Dynamic, individualized assessment is used, which enhances inclusion.

Still have Questions?

Great! We love questions!
What research methods are applied in the TeachingClinic?

We build in particular on approach of Design-Based Research. This approach is very well aligned with research at the "local level" directly in (one's own) classroom.

Where can I learn more about design-based research (DBR)?

Here is a good introductory lecture!

We are also currently preparing a full online course to guide you through your design-based research project in your classroom!

What is the didactical approach of the TeachingClinic

Service Learning provides an important framework for the TeachingClinic. We do not only want to learn, we also want to achieve direct impact - that is, to provide a service for others (teachers) within the course.

Where can I take part in the TeachingClinic?

Projects have been carried out in Austria and Spain so far.

Cooperation requests from the USA and Germany are currently being processed.

How does the TeachingClinic relate to policies?

The TeachingClinic contributes to the goals stipulated by the EHEA through student-centered learning, continuous enhancement of teaching, and strengthen higher education capacity for innovation.

In the original national context (Austria), synergies of the TeachingClinic exist with the “Austrian University Development Plan 2019-2024” through open spaces for innovative, unconventional research, strengthen quality of teaching, prompte young academics, and the knowledge transfer to society.

How exactly does the TeachingClinic work?

Through a bottom-up process, practicing teachers submit their individual, school-related real-life challenges to the TeachingClinic. Students then assign themselves according to their own background and preferences to one of the projects; typically 2-6 students work together on one project. They then work in close collaboration with the teacher to define the problem and they devise a theory-driven plan to tackle the challenge using design-based research. They execute the plan and thereby deliver a service of immediate value to the teacher, which supports the often very limited time resources in the school system in this regard. They also evaluate their measure and publish the results (e.g., in international peer-reviewed journals, but also via social media) or request funding at national funding agencies on behalf of the teachers (to sustainably implement the innovation in practice). Throughout the whole process, the students receive coaching (methods, project management) from the course instructor; they also get access to a large library of relevant online courses.

What are the outcomes for teachers?

For the teachers, an immediate school challenge is being tackled and they are given sufficient resources through the TeachingClinic to find appropriate, theory- and evidence-based solutions. This also results in a direct knowledge-transfer from the university to the teacher and the school site involved/ and the school. Due to the TeachingClinic's outreach activities, the learning is not only confined to the participating teachers, but also disseminated by means of knowledge- and information transfer for further relevant stakeholders (e.g. NGOs, public and private sector). Outcomes also include actual funding money for the teacher to pursue the project further at their school sites after the TeachingClinic has ended.

What are the outcomes for the students?

The students gain through learning in a context that is de-facto identical to their own future workplace, which makes a successful competence transfer of the learnings from TeachingClinic to the profession more likely. Due to the TeachingClinic's student-centric design, the TeachingClinic is an appropriate contributor for gaining teacher-centric (hard- and soft skills) oder (competencies) to no matter what the background of the student is.

HOw to further develop the TeachingClinic?

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