The European Educational Researcher

Moving Beyond Practical Wisdom: Teacher Research in Secondary Education

The European Educational Researcher, Volume 7, Issue 2, June 2024, pp. 1-20
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Teaching in secondary education is mostly grounded in the practical wisdom of teachers. In general, teachers have limited knowledge of, access to, and interest in insights from scholarly work. Teacher research might be a way to move beyond practical wisdom as the only basis for good teaching. This study aimed to explore whether teacher research can encourage teachers’ learning process as professionals, improve teaching practices, and generate knowledge about these practices. Participants were 44 experienced secondary school teachers in the Netherlands following a 2-year Master of Science professional development program on teaching and learning. Data was gathered using questionnaires, learner reports, a group interview, and participants’ master theses. Data analyses showed that the teachers report significant changes in the way they teach and think about teaching: on the one hand, they reported being more focused on what they want to change in their teaching, but on the other hand, they mentioned that they take different perspectives when they are confronted with problems in teaching. In addition, they mentioned challenges that are common for starting researchers such as how to formulate a researchable question, how to select relevant literature, how to deal with peer review, and how to perform situated generalization. We discuss what kind of educational research is valuable for teachers as learning professionals in secondary schools.
Teacher Research, Secondary Education, Teaching and Learning
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