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ERIC Number: ED278015
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Efficacy of Teacher as Researcher: A Testimonial.
McIntosh, Margaret E.
The term teacher-researcher refers specifically to public or private school teachers who instigate research in their own classrooms--working either alone, as part of a research team, or in conjunction with a professor. Teachers like these bring benefits to their colleagues and to their students, as well as to themselves. Their colleagues find it much easier to identify with the results of research that has been conducted down the hall, in an intact classroom, in a real school setting, than it is to accept and identify with the results of research conducted faraway, in a clinical setting by an unknown researcher. Students whose teachers are involved in research see their teacher as learner and the school as a place for learning. And, in turn, as teachers become learners they develop empathy for other learners, their students. Additionally, teacher-researchers in the classroom increase the knowledge base from which they work. Finally, conducting research provides teachers the opportunity to take some control of what is happening in their classroom, that is, they are acting rather than being acted upon. They become something other than consumers of educational dictums as they develop their own theories and test the hypotheses that support their theories. (NKA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A