ERIC Number: EJ819898
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr
Reference Count: 13
Can "Scientifically Based Research" Improve Teacher Education?
Mason, Terrence C.
New Educator, v1 n2 p143-148 Apr 2005
Recently, Professor Sonia Nieto of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst presented the results of her research on the factors that contribute to the sustainment of the professional vitality and commitment of quality teachers in urban high schools. Through her interactions with the teachers in her study, Professor Nieto identified seven themes that characterized the professional attitudes and dispositions of these teachers, the key dimensions of their work, and the forces that sustain their commitment to teaching--autobiography, love, hope and responsibility, anger and desperation, intellectual work, democratic practice, and the ability to shape the future. In this article, the author refers to Professor Nieto's inquiry into the question of how quality teachers can be retained in the most troubled schools, and suggests her findings might guide efforts at developing teacher education programs. He uses this work as an example to illustrate how careful analysis of a vital issue in education with critical implications for teacher education may be systematically ignored by those conducting a national study of teacher education that will no doubt shape policy and practice in the field.
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Effectiveness, Urban Schools, High Schools, Academic Achievement, Reading Instruction, Educational Research, Experiments
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
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