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ERIC Number: ED549165
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Aug
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 8
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Status of Research in Teacher Education: Go Ahead, Chase, Cherish or Perish
Gafoor, K. Abdul
Online Submission, Speech presented at the UGC Sponsored National Seminar on Fostering 21st Century Skills: Challenges to Teacher Quality (Sree Narayana Training College, Nedunganada, Thiruvanathapuram, Kerala, August 22-23, 2014)
This presentation focuses on the need for invigorating research in teacher education (TE) with focus on problems in it at national and regional levels in India, especially Kerala. Starting with how teacher education in the region has failed to respond to larger societal changes around, it maintains that principal responsibility of reforming TE lies with teacher educators. Questions include Why Should Teacher (Educators) Research? What should one research in TE? And how shall teachers and teacher-educators research? Holding that teaching is synonymous to researching, it is contended that educators require research to cope with the change, to democratise education, to improve efficiency of TE, to resolve immediate problems, to correct what practitioners take for granted in TE, and to encourage reflective learning from teaching. It is suggested that research can be on learning environment, design, structure and content of TE, evaluation in TE and on areas to support student teacher practice especially on methodological shift from teaching to learning. Modes of research available to teacher educators for helping improve the TE practice are indicated.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: India