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This paper describes the development, implementation, and follow up study of a program for undergraduate research in education, student teachers as action researchers (STAR). Students in a new urban education honors program at a large public university were given coursework in action research, developed a research plan in their practicums, implemented it during their student teaching, and presented the results at an undergraduate research conference. After examining student projects, faculty experiences, and follow-up interviews with the participants, the authors found that while there are challenges, the STAR program provides a useful introduction to teacher action research that empowers new teachers, giving them confidence and an early desire to use data to improve their instruction and benefit their students. We conclude with implications for modern classrooms and insights into expansion or adaptation of the technique for interested teacher educators.
Updated: Aug. 30, 2020
From Utopia to Reality: Trans-Formation of Pedagogical Knowledge in English Language Teacher Education
In this article the author reports on a study of some English language student-teachers’ trans-formations of knowledge about language education. The question that guided the study was: How are English language student-teachers’ formative pedagogical and research experiences portrayed in a transformative and critical outlook for initial teacher education? Reflections, perceptions, and conceptions served as data and were collected by means of diaries, interviews, and degree projects or monographs. From the analysis of data, two main themes emerged: “Going Back and Forth from Utopia to Reality” and “EFL Student-Teachers as Novice Critical Researchers”. A conclusion was that the participants’ trans-formations mediated by pedagogical and research agendas represented alternatives with high levels of sensitivity towards socially associated issues in language education.
Updated: Aug. 08, 2019
This paper describes the experiences of three pre-service teachers as they engaged in teacher research as part of their teacher education program. Specifically, this paper investigates the role of the teacher’s personal and academic history in the design of their teacher research projects; how their research worked to disrupt classroom cultures and practices. It also examines the ways in which the pre-service teachers interpreted their research in light of new contexts during their first year of teaching. The authors argue that the action research process fostered a deep engagement with certain ideas. This process allowed the pre-service teachers a space to develop these ideas fully and test nascent theories about teaching and learning. In conclusion, the authors contend that action research would be a powerful programmatic framework allowing multifaceted engagement with significant questions and problems of practice from initial methods courses through student-teaching.
Updated: May. 13, 2018
This article explores the research practices used by teachers and their schools. It also investigates the value that teachers attribute to those research practices. In conclusion, this study reveals that teachers are interested in research and research practices and value these things even if they are unable to engage with them in their daily work.
Updated: Aug. 28, 2017
The authors conducted a content analysis to examine trends in articles published between 1996 and 2014 in two journals—Teacher Education and Special Education (TESE) and the Journal of Teacher Education (JTE). They analyzed the data using visual inspection, magnitude of trend, and percent of change. Most notably, they confirmed reductions in nonempirical articles, survey research, qualitative inquiries, and program descriptions. By contrast, they observed increases in articles that included P-12 student outcomes and in quantitative research, as well as in topics of in-service, global, and clinical experiences.
Updated: Jan. 29, 2017
This article examines the development of reflectiveness and research skills in eight pre-service teachers, through their participation in a funded research project to develop the handwriting of children with literacy problems. The authors argue that this project is an example of evidence-based practice, which identified that it is the creation of the evidence which is important and the shared professional involvement with compelling outcomes for pupils which develops teachers as thinkers, not simply technicians. The experience of reflection and discussion about a shared topic has the potential to develop pedagogical thinking and a profound concern for the results and impact of research.
Updated: Nov. 06, 2016
This paper describes some of the crucial shaping factors in that development, including the transition associated with becoming a teacher educator, the nature of teacher education itself, and the importance of researching teacher education practices.
Updated: Mar. 29, 2016
Using Evidence for Teacher Education Program Improvement and Accountability: An Illustrative Case of the Role of Value- Added Measures
In this article, the authors consider what can be learned from limited forms of evidence, for purposes of accountability and program improvement. They focus on examining whether differences in teacher value-added scores exist by type of teacher preparation institution attended and years of teacher experience.This study shows that there is potential in using value-added models as an additional form of evidence that can inform our understanding of the effectiveness of teacher preparation programs in producing teachers who can positively affect student learning. The authors concludes by arguing for collective responsibility among teacher education institutions, professional organizations, and state and local agencies as they respond to the demand for increased accountability.
Updated: Dec. 16, 2015
The goal of this study was to describe the extent to which early childhood teacher educators are informed about, engage in, value, teach about, and collaborate with others in teacher research. This study focused on a specific teacher educator group, early childhood teacher educators and their own teacher research and what they say about the importance of teacher research in improving teacher education programs. The findings indicated that teacher educators are informed about teacher research, teach and model it for their students, and collaborate with others in doing it. They share their results in presentations and publications that contribute to the knowledge base in the field.
Updated: Sep. 20, 2015
This study examined the inquiry processes of two research groups in teacher education with the aim of answering the following research question: To what extend and in what way do student teachers, in the context of a research project, engage in elaboration and decision making during the research process? The results of both of these research groups exemplify how both decision making and elaboration are necessary elements to reach the full potential of a collaborative research project. The authors have shown that a research activity in which student teachers are supposed to collaborate is challenging and requires hard work. Alongside everything else that student teachers have to do for both the institute and at school, they experience much time pressure.
Updated: Aug. 04, 2015