Research in the Work of New Zealand Teacher Educators: A CHAT Perspective
Berg, David, A, G.; Gunn, Alexandra C.; Hill, Mary, F.; Haigh, M.
In this article we use Cultural Historical Activity Theory (CHAT) to explore the place of research in the work of New Zealand university-based teacher educators (TEs). We consider how aspirations for a research-informed initial teacher education (ITE) are served by New Zealand universities’ recruitment practices and TE’s actual work. We suggest that TEs value scholarship that informs their practice and are motivated to research, despite working within institutions where employment practices are bifurcating the teacher educator (TE) workforce along lines of who can and should do research and who should not. We cite evidence from interviews to suggest TEs, and those in leadership positions who have been involved in TE recruitment, recognize the importance of research to inform practice and teaching. However, this conflicts with the language of advertisements and job descriptions where for some TE roles, the practice of research and scholarship are not an object of work. In response, we encourage those responsible for TE work force development to support and employ TEs able to engage in high standards of scholarship and teaching, and in so doing provide their students with research- and practice-informed teaching.
Rights Statement: Accepted for publication version - Pre-proof and corrections. Published article here: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2016.1149694
Keywords: Cultural Historical Activity Theory; Initial Teacher Education; Teacher Educators; Performance Based Research Fund; Research Informed Teaching
Research Type: Journal Article
Accepted for publication version - Pre-proof and corrections