Research plays an indispensable role in any professional field
Regardless of the of profession people who want to maintain a high awareness level about their area of work need to acquaint themselves with the current research findings. Teaching profession is not an exception to this rule. Teaching theory and practice are deeply interdependent and require simultaneous and continuous development. Being aware of the current research in the field, applying it to the real classroom allows an educator to tackle the existing challenges as well as anticipate innovative solutions to the problems.
Using the Research in Practice
The educators need not only to read professional literature but also try using the research in practice and even carry out their own action research designs. This has the immense potential of turning the classroom into a highly effective and creative place for both the teacher and students where everybody can be involved in improving the learning process. Moreover, research can improve the communication of individual teachers, bringing ideas together and helping to establish a strong network of professional. This is extremely important especially in the environment where teachers are not encouraged to form professional tie and instead are confined to their classrooms. Another important role of the research that will help improve the teaching practice is the variety of it. What this means is the ability to find research studies that describe virtually any setting. Ranging form qualitative to quantitative results the research studies accommodate the informational need for different classrooms and learning environments. This helps the teacher to find similar features that correspond to his/her own setting and to better understand the underlying causes for the particular phenomenon.
All the points described above are just a few of ways in which the research can potentially improve one's teaching practice. A lot depends on the individual teacher and his/her ability and willingness to utilize the given wealth of resources. As an educator myself I strive to continue growing professionally and personally. That is why the use of research in my practice will always find its important place.