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Classroom Research by New Teachers

John Smith

At Dunedin Teachers College, all students who graduate with a B.Ed. degree are required to carry out an independent
research study as part of their programme. This study (known as Teaching Practice B) is a small-scale piece of research conducted in a classroom setting and dealing with a topic which the student, through a combination of reading and practice, considers to be relevant and important. Guidance comes from the staff of the Teachers College and the Education Department of the University, but the student is responsible for establishing the topic, carrying out the research (which must involve at least 20 hours of teaching) and writing the research report. By December, 1984, 200 students had completed this paper and each produced a research document approximately 30 pages long.

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