Timelines in researching student teachers' well-being during teaching practice

Aimee Quickfall, Kaisa Pihlainen, Emma Clarke, Sanni Kahila, Virpi Vellonen, Katariina Waltzer, Tiina Kuutti

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Researching well-being has gained popularity over the last decades however, research methodologies have employed mostly surveys, and the use of qualitative and visual methods are still scarce. This study discusses using timelines as a tool for researching the well-being of student teachers in two different cultural contexts. Research data includes researchers´ notes as well as focus groups and students´ notions of using timelines as a course assignment, analysed using thematic analysis. This study shares our justification for using qualitative, visual methods to
collect data related to well-being and evaluates the strengths and limitations of timelining as a tool to do this, from both the participants´ and researchers´ viewpoints. The study argues that timelines have the potential not only to support reflections on well-being but also to provide an approach to support it during
teacher training and beyond. The use of timelines as tools to explore the non-linear and dynamic experiences of well-being during student teachers’ teaching practice in Finland and England will be discussed and recommendations for the further
development of this approach shared.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Research & Method in Education
Publication statusPublished - 5 Dec 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • wellbeing
  • teacher training
  • visual methods


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