Teacher Inquiry: Living the Research in Everyday Practice

Teacher Inquiry: Living the Research in Everyday Practice

Teacher Inquiry: Living the Research in Everyday Practice

Teacher Inquiry: Living the Research in Everyday Practice

Synopsis

The research teachers carry out into their own professional practice and environment is increasingly recognised as highly relevant and valuable. As well as being an exciting and fulfilling kind of research to carry out, it informs both policy and practice in education, constitutes a key resource for teachers, teacher educators and policy makers and is important for professional development. Bringing together accounts of teacher research projects from all over the world and from all sectors of education, Teacher Inquiry: Living the Research in Everyday Practice covers: * The practicalities of initiating and conducting teacher research; * The different models and methodologies available to teacher researchers; * The issues surrounding, and emerging from teacher research. The editors' introduction provides insight into the reasons for undertaking teacher inquiry, its valuable role in contemporary education and what new directions this form of research might take in the future. The collection reflects the incredible diversity of teacher research, and is a rich source of both information and inspiration for any teacher embarking on, or thinking of conducting, research into their own professional context.

Excerpt

Vinnie E. Acklin is the Project G.O. teacher at Randolph Elementary School, Arlington, Virginia. A teacher-researcher, as well as a writing consultant of the Northern Virginia Writing Project of George Mason University, Vinnie's interests also include reading and elementary math.

Ron Avery is a teacher at General Currie Elementary School, Richmond, British Columbia. He seeks to teach what a caring human should know.

Gillian Bickerton is an experienced elementary teacher who values the teacher researcher role for its contribution to understanding her practice. She has a doctorate in Educational Psychology and Special Education. Her doctoral study focused on the development of children's understanding of buoyancy.

Robin Bright is a Professor of Education at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta. She teaches courses in English Language Arts, Early Childhood Education, Writing and Gender. She is the author of several books and articles on literacy and family literacy in Canada and abroad.

Marina Carter teaches French, history and English at Charles E. London Secondary in Richmond, British Columbia. Her interests include travelling, cooking, and reading. One day Marina hopes to write a book about her experiences as an educator.

Cynthia Chambers teaches curriculum studies, English/Language Arts and First Nations education at the University of Lethbridge. In conjunction with the Literacy Research Centre housed at the University of Lethbridge, she is currently undertaking a project on traditional pre-contact aboriginal literacy.

Anthony Clarke is a teacher educator at the University of British Columbia with an interest in teacher education, student teaching and advisory practices.

Miriam Cooley is an art educator in the Department of Elementary Education of the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta. She

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