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Teacher as Researcher

  • By: Kathleen R. Kesson
  • In: Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies
  • Edited by: Craig Kridel
  • Subject:Cultural Studies (general), Curriculum & Content (general), Curriculum Studies

When teachers become researchers, they take on an expanded professional role that involves systematic, self-reflective, intentional inquiry into aspects of classroom practice. In addition to regular teaching duties, they engage in question posing based on perceived educational problems, collect and interpret data, and write up their findings in the interest of improving practice. This new role for teachers is consistent with a number of values and trends in the field of curriculum studies. First, teacher inquiry is primarily concerned with understanding educational experience. When teachers develop a deeper understanding of an educational situation, their capacities for wise judgment and sound decision making are improved, thus improving the quality of the educational experience for students. Second, when teachers conduct research into their practice, it disturbs the ...

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