ERIC Number: ED386440
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
The Role of Teachers in the Development of the National Educational Research Agenda: Is Anyone in Washington Listening?
Moore, William P.; Mercer, Cherie
This study explored whether classroom teachers were involved in research, what role teachers should play in educational research, and what educational issues teachers think should be addressed in a newly restructured educational research infrastructure. The project included more than 6,000 educators nationwide with the majority in the Midwest. Data were obtained from educators in 30 of 51 states and 2 territories. In Kansas, 278 of 315 school districts were represented in the final sample of 1,688 state administrators, superintendents, principals, and classroom teachers. Conclusions from the study of educator involvement in local and national educational research are as follows: the vast majority of teachers were not contributing to the knowledge base in education through participation in research studies or in conducting studies; of all groups of educators, teachers were the least supportive of actions that would include research activities in their everyday responsibilities in the preservice training of future teachers; research should be aimed at finding effective instructional strategies, changing student variables, improving assessment methods, improving early childhood education, and helping with educational solutions to social problems. Also, most did not think the Goals 2000 could be achieved. Eight tables and six figures present the data. (Contains 18 references.) (JB)
Descriptors: Action Research, Administrators, Educational Administration, Educational Research, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, National Surveys, Public Agencies, Research Administration, Research Needs, Secondary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Motivation, Teacher Participation, Teacher Researchers, Teacher Role
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kansas State Board of Education, Topeka.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Goals 2000; Office of Educational Research and Improvement
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 18-22, 1995).