ERIC Number: ED271472
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Aug
Reference Count: 0
A Review of Research on Learning to Teach.
Emmer, Edmund T.
This paper summarizes research-based knowledge about how teachers learn to teach. Rather than presenting a study-by-study review of the literature, major themes are delineated that are present in the body of research about teaching, and a limited number of studies are reviewed. Two broad lines of inquiry on the process of learning to teach are evident in the research. One point of view considers mainly how teachers adapt to and acquire the teaching role. Earlier research in this vein tended to regard the new teacher as shaped by a system and reactive to it. More recent research, while not denying the potency of socialization forces, has emphasized the individual nature of teacher development and the ability of individuals to affect their own destiny. A second point of view is that of teacher education as a process of skill acquisition. This type of research examines conditions that facilitate the learning of particular teaching behaviors or knowledge about teaching. The accumulated findings from this research provide a basis for designing training programs to achieve short-term behavior changes. (JD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Research and Development Center for Teacher Education.