The nature and quality of teacher research

Year: 1996

Author: Northfield, Jeff

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

There is a growing acknowledgment of the teacher role in generating and communicating knowledge about teaching and learning. After more than a decade of working with teachers the characteristics of their knowledge is better understood. It is derived in very complex and unique situation, but teachers are now realising their voices have a particular relevance for those interested in school level issues.

The paper will examine the question of quality when self study of personal situations is undertaken. Examples will be provided to show how teachers are able to provide convincing accounts of their work for others. Their work has significant implications for teacher education as their findings have a high credibility. Also significant is that this work shows the way that teachers are able to shape curriculum, teaching and learning in professional ways rather than as passive implements of education policy and practice.