Students Perceptions of the Research Component in Masters Level Teacher Education Programs.Report as inadecuate

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This report describes two studies prompted by research on rates of research use and attitudes toward research among preservice and inservice teachers enrolled in graduate programs in teacher education. The first study asked prospective and inservice teachers to rate the importance of various research skills and to provide a verbal exposition that justified their assigned ratings. In a follow-up study, an opportunity was created for inservice and preservice teachers to share their perspectives and opinions on the importance, relevance, and application of research skills and knowledge to teaching. The initial study included 167 students at various points of their preservice and inservice graduate teacher education programs; most were in a Master of Arts in Teaching program. The follow-up study involved nine preservice and three inservice discussion groups. For the initial study, a 3-part survey was developed that investigated participants' personal research skills and experiences, perceived advantages and disadvantages of research training, and descriptions of actual research experiences. Findings indicated that the most important reasons given for learning research skills was the ability to use the library and the ability to critically analyze professional literature. The least important reasons selected were publication of research findings in professional literature and knowledge of how to compute and interpret intermediate or advanced statistics. Follow-up study results were similar. Most subjects viewed research as a source for current information related to teaching practices and as a way of dealing with practical, day-to-day classroom issues. (Contains 23 references.) (NAV)

Descriptors: Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Graduate Students, Higher Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Literature Reviews, Masters Programs, Preservice Teacher Education, Research Methodology, Research Skills, Research Utilization, Student Research, Student Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Researchers, Theory Practice Relationship

Author: Ravid, Ruth; Leon, Marjorie Roth



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