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The National Center for Research on Teacher Learning

Research Questions

What is Involved in Teaching?
How can Teacher Education Help?
How Can Professional Development Help?
How Can Policy Help?
How Can Research Help?
How can we Improve Research?

Research Projects

Teacher Qualifications and the Quality of Teaching
Class Acts
Research and Teacher Learning
National Center for Research on Teacher Learning
Teacher Education and Learning to Teach
Local Uses of Evidence
Evaluations of Federal Programs

Affiliations

Michigan State University
College of Education
Graduate Program in Teacher Education
National Center for Research on Teacher Learning

 

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In 1986, Michigan State University received a major grant from the United States Department of Education to study questions related to Teacher Education and Teacher Learning. The Center was concerned with questions of what teachers need to know in order to teach well and with what they can learn from different approaches and alternatives to teacher education. In particular, the center sought to define the kind of knowledge needed to teach more challenging forms of academic subject matter to diverse learners.

I directed the center from its inception in 1986 until 1993. The center was funded by the U. S. Department of Education through two five-year grants. Its research agendas were quite different during the first five years and the second five years. During the first five years, the center focused nearly all of its energy on a single study, the Teacher Education and Learning to Teach (TELT) Study.  In the second five years, the center oversaw a mixed portfolio of work. The study I personally oversaw during that phase of the center was the Research and Teacher Learning (RTL) Study. Here is a brief summary of its early findings.

The center continues to operate a web page here at Michigan State, and many of its products are available there. Use the link under "Affiliations."

Here are some products from the center that continue to be of interest today.

Kennedy, M. M., Ball, D. L. and McDiarmid, G. W. (1993) A Study Package for Examinig and Tracking changes in Teachers' Knowledge. East Lansing MI: Michigan State University National Center for Research on Teacher Learning. Report # 93-1.

Kennedy, M. M. (1991) An Agenda for Research on Teacher Learning. East Lansing MI: Michigan State University National Center for Research on Teacher Learning. Special Report 91.

National Center for Research on Teacher Learning (1991) Findings from the Teacher Education and Learning to Teach study: Final Report. East Lansing MI: Michigan State University National Center for Research on Teacher Learning. Special Report 6-91.

Kennedy, M. M. (1999) Some Surprising Findings on How Teachers Learn to Teach. Educational Leadership, Educational Leadership, 49(3), 14-17.

The center still maintains a web site where you can find its full set of publications and reports.