I am a professor emeritus in the Department of Teacher Education
at Michigan State University. I came to MSU in 1986 to
direct the National Center for Research on Teacher Learning.
Since that time, I have been interested in questions about
the nature of teaching and how external events--things
like teacher education programs, policies and research--can
or do influence teaching. I have organized this web page
around these questions, and mainly provide readers with
synopses of my research projects and of the research articles
and books that I have published related to these questions.
Before coming to MSU, I was engaged in a variety of program
evaluation and policy analysis activities at both the
state and federal level, and have included a small sampling
of that early work here as well.
Works in Progress:
I am in the midst of a review of literature which compares different approaches to professional development for their effects on student learning. You can find the current version here and can cite it as "in progress." If you do read it, I hope you will send me your comments and help me improve it.
I am also working on a highly speculative paper about how people learn to teach. It examines what all of us learn about teaching while we are children in school, compares that with the kind of knowledge we learn in higher education, and then asks what role teacher education can play in helping teachers learn to teach. This one is still to draftie to share but if you have thoughts about this issue, I'd like to hear them. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other stuff I do: