How does comparative education help teachers

Research on the teaching profession

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  • Martin Rothland
  • Ewald Terhart
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For the various scientific disciplines involved in education and training, school and teaching, the teaching profession has always been an interesting subject for consideration, analysis, theory formation and research in the broadest sense. In educational science, in educational psychology, in educational sociology and in educational law, more generally: in the various disciplines that deal with the teaching profession in their respective special knowledge perspective, there is always some form of research referred to the teaching profession. In the following, such research projects, programs and contexts are to be referred to, which refer to the teaching profession in the horizon of different disciplines with different scientific methods, theoretical approaches and diverging knowledge interests, whereby this always includes the training process for the teaching profession: is research on teacher training Part of the research on the teaching profession. In the international research literature, this research complex is called Research on Teachers and Teacher Education referred to, in some cases also the phrase Research on Teachers, Teaching, and Teacher Education used to express the close connection between empirical research on the teaching profession and that on teaching processes (cf. the contributions by A. Renkl, E. Kiel, K. Reiss and H. G. Holtappels in this volume).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin Rothland
  • Ewald Terhart
  1. 1. Institute for Educational Science, Westphalian Wilhelms University, Münster