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.
Research and evaluation for quality education : Proceedings of the 4th Symposium on Quality Education
Symposium on Quality Education
[National Taiwan Normal University]
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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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130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators