This book discusses competence, teacher competence, and professional error competence of teachers, and emphasizes the need for a training programme that supports the latter. The book starts out by presenting results from previous studies that underline the necessity to train professional error competence of teachers, especially in the field of accounting. The studies analysed include research in the field of accounting, and on the efficacy of teacher training. Next, considerations on training programmes are presented.From these analyses, a training programme was designed to support professional error competence in accounting. This training programme aims for increased knowledge about students' errors (content knowledge) and offers strategies to handle these errors (pedagogical content knowledge). Both are central facets of professional error competence. The book describes the development, characteristics, implementation, and evaluation of this programme. It details the test platform that was developed and used for the assessment of professional error competence, and critically discusses the results from the evaluation of the training programme from various perspectives. The current discussion on teacher training and expertise is influenced by empirical results obtained in international large-scale studies such as PISA and TIMSS. The findings of the studies underpin the discussion on teaching quality and teachers' professional competences. The key issue is that teacher competence has an impact on teaching quality and this, in turn, influences students' achievements. International comparative studies reveal that teachers often lack central competence facets, and therefore it is assumed that standard teacher training programmes may fail to successfully prepare student teachers for their tasks. Therefore, customized training programmes are currently being discussed. Their focus is mostly on pedagogical content knowledge and classroom practices, because these competence facets are essential for teaching quality.
1. Competence, Teacher Competence and Professional Error Competence: An Introduction; Eveline Wuttke and Jürgen Seifried.- 2. The Necessity to Train Professional Error Competence: Empirical Findings; Jürgen Seifried and Eveline Wuttke.- 3. Developing a Training Programme to Promote Professional Error Competence in Accounting; Isabel Cademartori, Jürgen Seifried, Eveline Wuttke, Claudia Krille, and Benjamin Salge.- 4. Mode Effects in Correcting Students' Errors: A Comparison of Computer-Based and Paper-Pencil Tests; Claudia Krille, Eveline Wuttke, Jürgen Seifried.- 5. Evaluation of a Training Programme to Improve the Professional Error Competence of Prospective Teachers; Claudia Krille, Benjamin Salge, Eveline Wuttke, and Jürgen Seifried.- 6. Prospective Teachers' Training Motivation and its Influence on Training Success; Claudia Krille.- 7. Teacher Training as a Contribution to Teachers' Professional Development: Conclusions from a Research Programme to Foster Professional Error Competence in Accounting; Jürgen Seifried and Eveline Wuttke.