ERIC Number: ED259457
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Recent Research on Teacher Beliefs and Its Use in the Improvement of Instruction.
This paper reviews significant literature on teachers' beliefs, offers support for the contention that current research is moving in a more utilitarian direction than in the past, and argues that continuing research into teachers' beliefs could be useful in improving teaching practice. The review focuses on five areas: (1) the different ways that teachers' beliefs have been defined and described; (2) the methodologies used to examine the beliefs of teachers; (3) the nature of the beliefs that teachers hold; (4) the relationship between what teachers believe and what they do; and (5) the attempt to define a teacher-effectiveness dimension based on the beliefs that teachers hold (or do not hold). The examination indicates that research is needed to clarify how a knowledge of teachers' beliefs can improve their practice; a methodology appropriate to such questions is suggested. The paper concludes with a discussion of how current knowledge of the relationships between teachers' beliefs and practices can inform inservice and preservice education. A bibliography is included. (TE)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; 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, March 31-April 4, 1985).