Practitioner Research … in ITE How does practitioner research in ITE develop student teachers practice and understanding? To what extent does it contribute to the field of geography education?
Power issues The obligation to conduct research The freedom to what to research The criteria by which it will be judged The hidden curriculum
Gary Thomas – Meanings of theory in education Theory as the obverse of practice Theory as generalizing/explanatory model Theory as developing bodies of explanation Scientific theory Theory is really: – Conjecture – Thinking – Reflection – A body of knowledge – A clearly developed argument – Craft knowledge
Research within the field Systematic enquiry Methodologically robust (ethics etc) It should recognise and build on the field of study
` What are we asking practitioners to research? What is the focus of their research? Why are we asking them to do it?