ERIC Number: ED331806
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
An Agenda for Research on Teacher Learning. NCRTL Special Report.
Kennedy, Mary M.
The Office of Educational Research and Improvement's new National Center for Research on Teacher Learning expects to include at least four elements: to accommodate public expectations for schools, to incorporate a theory of the teacher as a learner, to incorporate a theory of the teacher's task, and to build on a theory of the unique features of teaching practice. This report defines the direction of the center's work with respect to each of these points, reviews what is currently known, and derives the central questions that need to be addressed. The center's agenda is defined according to three important learning tasks: (1) teachers need to transform their beliefs about the nature of subject matter, about the teacher's role in facilitating learning, and about the pedagogical implications of diverse learning; (2) teachers must understand both subject matter and diverse learners; and (3) teacher learning requires a difficult balance between situating new concepts and criteria in the context of practice, on the one hand, and protecting teacher-learners from being overwhelmed by the demands of the situation on the other. The center is conducting three parallel programs of research based on these three tasks. The projects within these programs are listed. More than 100 references are cited. (IAH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Center for Foreign Language Studies.