Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: December 16, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963992 | Print ISBN: 9781412906784 | Online ISBN: 9781412963992| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Teachers as Researchers
Jeffrey William Wood
Teacher research is defined as research that is conducted by classroom teachers on their own practice, hence the title “Teachers as Researchers.” Recently, this type of research has expanded into the university setting, and there is some debate as to whether this, too, should be considered teacher research. Generally, the field has settled on the term practitioner research to define all forms of teacher research and teacher research as limited to PreK-12 teachers. This entry looks at the historical development and current practice of the teacher as researcher. Teacher research as a research methodology has existed since at least the end of the nineteenth century. Although many would credit the start of teacher research with Stephen Corey at Columbia University, it is difficult to give a precise history or starting point for when teacher research began because many teachers have long incorporated research to inform their own teaching practice, without ...