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ERIC Number: ED530742
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Mar
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
Teachers' Perspectives on Educational Research
Drill, Karen; Miller, Shazia; Behrstock-Sherratt, Ellen
American Institutes for Research
Based on two studies that we conducted in the Chicago metropolitan area in 2009 and 2010, we found that teachers do, in fact, use research, although they tend to seek it out under very specific conditions and circumstances. Namely, teachers tend to look for research in response to an immediate, pressing concern, such as how to best teach fractions to English language learners (ELLs). Teachers also turn to research to address a specific content need, such as gathering information for an upcoming lesson. In terms of broader reviews of research, teachers sometimes review research they have used in the past, such as best practices for a particular topic or method. Finally, teachers may consult educational research when they participate in groups that use research findings to more broadly support their instructional practices (e.g., study groups, committees, or courses on using research in the classroom). (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Institutes for Research
Identifiers - Location: Illinois