Contradictions in Teacher Education and the Role of Research: Globally and from a cultural and historical standpoint, teacher education has often involved the resolution of contradictions created by questioning, implementing, and reflecting on the system. The most prominent of these are what the goals and purposes of teacher education should be, who should teach and what should teachers know and be able to do, where and how should teachers be prepared, and how quality can be secured, evaluated, and reported.
In the paper that follow, each of these issues is “unpacked” with respect to the need for research evidence to inform policy and practice directed at improving the preparation and ongoing development of effective teachers.
Tatto, M.T., Richmond, G., Carter Andrews, D. (2016). The Research We Need in Teacher Education. Journal of Teacher Education 2016, Vol. 67 (4) 247–250.