Since their first day in school, in-service teachers are expected to act professionally, make good judgments, think critically, and problem-solve effectively. The literature suggests that engaging pre-service teachers in research can help them to develop several key skills. In this paper, we present the outcomes from a year and a half long mixed-methods case study that was conducted in two phases (i.e., a pilot and a follow-up study) with two groups of pre-service teachers enrolled in a teacher education programme in a Canadian mid-size university. The purpose of this research was to examine how an in-course research component might have shaped the perceived research capacity of the pre-service teachers and their disposition toward teacher research. The participants reported that the research component had improved their inquiry, reflective, critical thinking, and research-related skills. We conclude by discussing the study outcomes and proposing a set of recommendations for theory and practice.
Was this research funded?
Yes, research was funded
Martinovic, Dragana and Dabaja, Ziad F.
"Building Research Capacity of Future Teachers: A Canadian Case Study,"
Australian Journal of Teacher Education: Vol. 48
, Article 2.
Available at: https://ro.ecu.edu.au/ajte/vol48/iss2/2