Researching teacher education : the research we have to have

Mayer, Diane 2009, Researching teacher education : the research we have to have, in Research and evaluation for quality education : Proceedings of the 4th Symposium on Quality Education, [National Taiwan Normal University], [Taipei, Taiwan], pp. 1-16.


Title Researching teacher education : the research we have to have
Author(s) Mayer, Diane
Conference name Symposium on Quality Education (4th : 2009 : Taipei, Taiwan)
Conference location National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan
Conference dates 12 - 13 June 2009
Title of proceedings Research and evaluation for quality education : Proceedings of the 4th Symposium on Quality Education
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2009
Conference series Symposium on Quality Education
Start page 1
End page 16
Publisher [National Taiwan Normal University]
Place of publication [Taipei, Taiwan]
Summary Increasingly, politicians, bureaucrats, the business community, members of our communities and even members of the teaching profession, are asking questions about the professional preparation of teachers: What is the value of teacher education? What should beginning teachers know and be able to do? How can judgements be made about what beginning teachers know and are able to do?

Teacher educators are dangerously close to having little or no impact on the policies being driven by various responses to these questions. Research in teacher education, while copious, is under-funded and consequently teacher education researchers focus on their own programs and conduct small-scale, context specific, studies that are not readily generalisable. As a result, policy makers largely ignore it. I argue that if teacher educators are to retain their responsibility for the preparation of new professionals and for the development of new knowledge for the profession, we need to focus our research on key policy issues regarding the preparation of teachers and we need to ensure that our research connects with and extends the body of relevant research and the questions being asked about the value of teacher education.
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Language eng
Field of Research 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2009, National Taiwan Normal University
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30025495

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Collection: School of Education
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