Moving forward with an eye on the past: a historical perspective of teacher research
AuthorBush, Jerome Charles
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CitationBush, J. C. (2017). Moving forward with an eye on the past: A historical perspective of teacher research. IGI Global, 112-128. doi:10.4018/978-1-5225-1747-4.ch007
Teacher research has become a well-known term in professional development circles, yet it is still often misunderstood. This chapter seeks to facilitate those who are interested in teacher research by providing a historical perspective. Understanding the development of teacher research over that past century will allow interested parties to move forward with greater insight of the potential benefits and drawbacks inherent in teacher research. Such an analysis may lead to increased success for teacher research projects as the twenty-first century unfolds. Although teacher research can be a challenging form of professional development, it has incredible transformative potential. It has the potential to enhance the entire profession of teaching as well as the knowledge, skills and abilities of individual teachers. A call is made for teachers and academics to move forward by forming an alliance to explore new models and methods of teacher research.