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ERIC Number: ED308569
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Pages: 28
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Teachers as Researchers and Researchers as Teachers: Lessons Learned from Three Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Programs.
Clemson, Rochelle L.; And Others
Despite the scope and accessibility of the current knowledge base in teaching, teachers rarely refer to research findings as a primary information source to guide their practice. If teacher education is to survive the onslaught of politically inspired alternative certification routes now operating in 20 states, it is critical that teacher education characteristics be not only research-based, but also the subject of research. Some emerging postbaccalaureate alternative teacher preparation programs offer timely possibilities for strengthening preservice teachers' awareness of research as a resource for problem-solving in the classroom. This paper describes findings from a preliminary study examining teacher candidates in several alternative postbaccalaureate programs in the Mid-Atlantic states. The study explores whether alternative program graduates are more or less apt to value research and its implications for improving practice. The study also examines how well these programs support teacher candidates' needs and learning dispositions. The first phase piloted a questionnaire to be administered to teacher candidates in different programs and at different stages of program completion. The questionnaire was completed by student teachers in traditional programs and by interns in alternative programs, either immediately before the teaching experience or during the first 2 weeks. Results were somewhat mixed but, generally, students in alternative programs stressing research tend to value research's contribution to practice more highly than students in traditional or alternative programs lacking a research emphasis. Other results, study limitations, and implications are discussed. Included are 2 appendices and 10 references. (MLH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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