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Name of the tool

Face to face - Interview

Links to the keystones
attitudes, knowledge

Aim of tool/ Brief overall description
Our aim at the Seminar in Offenburg is to prepare teacher trainees for everyday life in our schools. This includes the ability to lead a face to face discussion, e. g. with parents from different cultural backgrounds. With the help of the interview, we would like to achieve the following:

  • that the interview is a hands on experience, equally important for both trainers and trainees
  • that teacher trainees establish a transfer to their professional work with students, parents and colleagues during the phase of hospitation
  • that the difference between a face to face interview and the structured, computer interview is recognized


Main methods
Interview situation face to face



Description of the process and the possible stepping stones
Each teacher trainer conducts the 30 minutes interview with 3-4 trainees whom he/she does not know. The interviewer can take notes, but should not transcribe the interview. All documentation is given to the trainee or de-stroyed after the interview. The interviewer does not keep any notes. An exception is possible, if both decide to conduct a further interview at a later point in time. Then it would be helpful to save the notes. This should be initiated by the trainee. This ensures that the responsibility for a further interview is in the hands of the trainee.

The possible stepping stones/Organization of the interview

  • At the beginning, the story (see goal of the interview) should be communicated.
  • Subsequently the areas of discussion should be named

a) Professional experience, following questions are possible:

  • What is your professional experience?
  • In your opinion, what has been important to you, helped you or even hindered you to become a teacher trainee?

b) Strengths and fields of learning, following questions are possible:

  • With regard to your professional situation, what are your strengths?
  • What are you good at?, Where do you see fields of learning? What would you like to learn in your 18 month course at the Seminar?

c) Visions/Ideas; following questions are possible:

  • In your opinion, how can the quality of teacher training be improved, with regard to teacher trainers incorporating the needs of the trainees? ( Initial Interview I)
  • Documentation of indivual learning (personal diagram)
  • We assume that in the future, you will be in the professional field of teaching. What ideas do you have about your professional work? How would you like to organize your work?

d) Contact with children and youth, following questions are possible:

  • We assume that you will be capable of teaching classes on primary and secondary level once you leave the seminar.
  • In which areas have you gathered experience with 6 to 15 year olds?
  • What was especially important, helpful, tiring.....


The personal atmosphere oft he interview must be friendly and openminded, not dreadful or demanding for the trainee. He/she should not be treated as someone, who wants to have a job!








Eva Woelki
Mira Koch
Bernd Schüssele
Rose Bauer
Irene Litterst-Lehmann



Staatliches Seminar für Didaktik und Lehrerbildung (GHS) Offenburg, Germany