The SAGE Handbook for Research in Education stimulates and encourages students, faculty, and educational practitioners, including individuals in education, government, and the private sector who conduct applied and policy-oriented educational research, to place the pursuit of ideas at the epicentre of their research-from framing meaningful problems to identifying and addressing key challenges to the reporting and dissemination of their findings.

Studying Teacher Education Programs: Enriching and Enlarging the Inquiry

Studying teacher education programs: Enriching and enlarging the inquiry

This chapter builds on and enlarges the study of an enduring problem in teacher education, namely, the nature and impact of different kinds of teacher education programs at the preservice level. It reviews the ways in which the effects of different teacher education programs have been studied in the past, and it offers suggestions for how to conceptualize and conduct studies that (a) illuminate the nature and impact of different approaches to educating teachers and (b) differentiate selection effects and influences of teaching and policy contexts from those of the teacher education programs. The integration of quantitative and qualitative research methods within coherent research programs is recommended as ...

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