ERIC Number: EJ893299
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
What Kind of Research Culture Do Teacher Educators Want, and How Can We Get It?
Gemmell, Tony; Griffiths, Morwenna; Kibble, Bob
Studying Teacher Education, v6 n2 p161-174 Aug 2010
This article describes a collaborative research journey involving nine teacher educators. Their common purpose was to find a research identity in a university department with a strong commitment to the education and training of student teachers but which existed within a university that prided itself on maintaining a reputation for research excellence. The methodology was inextricably linked to the decision to take a journey as a group. The journey, both route and progress, became the focus of our self-study through a number of exchange platforms including collaborative meetings, agendas which embraced equity and social justice, a shared blog space for self-reflection, and engagement with others through partnership conferences. Data were qualitative and focused on the ambitions, frustrations, and achievements of the participants as revealed through personal writing on a blog. Key findings of this study include: (i) the discovery of hurdles, false starts and frustrations that were common to all members of the group but hitherto had remained hidden and private; (ii) the tension between an identity as educator with a sense of responsibility to students and that of an active researcher; and (iii) issues of time and work balance between teaching and researching.
Descriptors: Social Justice, Conferences (Gatherings), Student Teachers, Web Sites, Writing (Composition), Electronic Publishing, College School Cooperation, Teacher Educators, Universities, Educational Research, Teacher Researchers, Computer Mediated Communication
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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