ERIC Number: ED422323
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Federal Research Investment and the Improvement of Teaching. 1980-1997.
Koppich, Julia E.; Knapp, Michael S.
In the last 2 decades, federally-funded research has contributed much to the understanding of teaching and learning and the critical nature of teachers' subject-matter knowledge and ability to translate academic content into effective learning activities for students of different developmental levels and backgrounds. Research findings have contributed to the development of standards for beginning teaching and accomplished practice. This paper identifies some of the principal advances leading to this understanding. Information comes from literature reviews and from interviews with leaders in research and with those who use research to improve educational practice. The report provides policymakers and others with information to help them assess the impact of relatively recent appropriation of federal educational research funds. It also helps policy officials make informed choices about the future investment of federal dollars for research on teaching. The report addresses four principal topics on which federal research investment has been concentrated and to which it has made a substantial contribution: (1) understanding teaching and learning, (2) designing and implementing more effective teacher preparation programs, (3) understanding how to support practicing teachers, and (4) creating productive school and policy environments for teaching and learning. (SM)
Descriptors: Diversity (Student), Educational Quality, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Aid, Federal Government, Financial Support, Higher Education, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Preservice Teacher Education, Teaching Conditions, Teaching (Occupation)
University of Washington, Box 353600, College of Education, Miller Hall M201, Seattle, WA 98195-3600.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for the Study of Teaching and Policy, Seattle, WA.