Learning from Teacher Research

Learning from Teacher Research

Learning from Teacher Research

Learning from Teacher Research

Synopsis

"Based on case studies, Learning from Teacher Research shows how teachers can use reflective approaches in the classroom to improve their skills and their students' learning."

Excerpt

In teaching, there has long been a perceived gap between research and practice. A stereotype that commonly accompanies this perception is that research does not readily inform practice and that the complex and ‘messy’ world of teaching cannot adequately be theorised by the teachers who are so busy working in that world. Hence, in many ways, it is readily apparent that appropriate research is needed to bridge the world of the theorist and the world of the practitioner by being responsive to the needs and requirements of each.

This tension is embodied in the work of teacher-researchers— practitioners who bring to bear their expert knowledge and understanding of practice in their research of their practice. Teacherresearchers can be characterised as those practitioners who attempt to better understand their practice, and its impact on their students, by researching the relationship between teaching and learning in their world of work. However, proposing a role of teacher as researcher is not new. Arguments that the teaching role should include a research . . .

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