The role of research and inquiry in undergraduate teacher education

Year: 1994

Author: Booth, Ted, Hall, Neil, Vialle, Wilma

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

In this paper, we argue that a compulsory unit on research methods and inquiry skills is critical for the development of reflective teachers. Given the accelerating rate of change and reform in school curricula and in teacher education programs, it is imperative that universities respond by offering courses that increase the likelihood that graduates will become reflective teachers, critical consumers of research, and individuals capable of conducting their own inquiry- based professional development.

The paper has resulted from developments within the Faculty of Education at the University of Wollongong concerning the roles of research and inquiry methods in preservice teacher education, and is in part concerned with the placement of such a subject within the Bachelor of Education program. The origins of the debate, the activities of an internal working party, a literature review, a grid of research/inquiry skills and knowledge, data gathered from stakeholders, short-term developments and possible future changes are presented and discussed.