ERIC Number: ED332978
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
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What Benefits Can Be Derived from the Involvement of Student Teachers in Research? Effective Introduction of Research into Preservice Teacher Education.
Preservice teachers need to be prepared for their roles as researchers and consumers of research. Four ways by which methods instructors can interest preservice teachers in research are: (1) selecting potentially useful findings and publishing them in journals of interest to prospective teachers; (2) assigning analysis of research papers; (3) creating situations which provide opportunities for citing and applying research findings; and (4) involving students in research. The benefits derived from involving student teachers in research increase when the whole methods class focuses on the same topic. "Shadowing" a pupil for a whole term, including participation in the pupil's classes, interviews with the pupil and with significant others (teachers, peers, parents), and examining samples of school work have proved to be useful techniques. The paper is based on reports submitted by 20 biology student teachers, half Jewish and half Arab. Benefits are classified in terms of the types of knowledge (e.g., pedagogical, curricular, pupil characteristics) gained by carrying out the research. (IAH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 3-7, 1991).