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Eight Questions on Teacher Preparation: What does the research say?
by Michael Allen, TCS Program Director

What are the most effective strategies for educating and training the nation's teachers? This ECS report reviews the body of research on teacher preparation to ascertain what evidence the research truly provides and what its implications are for policy. The report is based on a review of 92 studies selected, using rigorous criteria, from more than 500 originally considered. These studies were used to answer eight questions about teacher preparation that are of particular importance to policy and education leaders.

This report is the first in a series of reports on teaching quality that ECS will release in 2003 and 2004. Subsequent reports will focus on what the research says about teacher recruitment and retention, licensure and certification, and professional development.

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The contents of this report were developed under a grant to the Education Commission of the States (ECS) from the U.S. Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Education, award number R215U000010. The contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education and should not be viewed as endorsed by the federal government.

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