Research Questions

What is Involved in Teaching?
How can Teacher Education Help?
How Can Professional Development Help?
How Can Policy Help?
How Can Research Help?
How can we Improve Research?

Research Projects

Teacher Qualifications and the Quality of Teaching
Class Acts
Research and Teacher Learning
National Center for Research on Teacher Learning
Teacher Education and Learning to Teach
Local Uses of Evidence
Evaluations of Federal Programs


Michigan State University
College of Education
Graduate Program in Teacher Education
National Center for Research on Teacher Learning





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.

Other stuff I do:


Digital Advisor-- Advice for doctoral students in education

Photography Slide shows

(Note: I have learned how to make slide shows but not how to make them stop, so when the pictures stop changing, hit your escape key to get out of the slide show)

Photography--An alphabetic list of cool stuff at Michigan State
Dangerous toys
How cattle can be moved to prettier settings
How colors can be altered on a rusty bus
How a hole in the snow can surprise you