ERIC Number: EJ1021414
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
Teacher Educators' Research Practices: An Explorative Study of Teacher Educators' Perceptions on Research
Willemse, T. M.; Boei, F.
Journal of Education for Teaching: International Research and Pedagogy, v39 n4 p354-369 2013
Research conducted by teacher educators is considered important for their professional development, their actual teaching practice and their body of knowledge. However, for many teacher educators in Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS) in the Netherlands, research is a new challenge. A survey was conducted among 508 such teacher educators exploring their perceptions towards research. They were questioned about the aims of research within a UAS, their perceived capabilities to conduct research and their need for support. Subsequently, 10 teacher educators were interviewed to elaborate on the findings and to gain further insight. Research is considered vital for their professional development, and their development is seen as an important means to improve the quality of the curriculum for teacher education. Teacher educators emphasise the need for communities of inquiry in which they can collaborate on research, improve their skills, develop a shared language and contribute to the body of knowledge in teacher education.
Descriptors: Teacher Educators, Teacher Surveys, Interviews, Foreign Countries, Research, Research Needs, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Competencies, Educational Environment, Research Skills, Research Opportunities, Educational Practices, Teacher Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands