Marta Kowalczuk-Walędziak

Marta Kowalczuk-Walędziak

University of Bialystok, Poland

Her main research interests include the policy and practice of teacher education and development, practitioner research and research utilization. She is a member of the Administrative Council of the Association for Teacher Education in Europe (ATEE). She serves on the editorial board of the Eastern European Journal of Transnational Relations, and is an associate editor of the Polish Journal of Educational Studies. In 2016, she was awarded a Scholarship for Outstanding Young Scientists from the Ministry of Science and Higher Education in Poland (2016–2019). In 2019, she was a short-term visiting professor at the Department of Human and Social Sciences at the University of Bergamo, Italy. The results of her recent studies have been published in distinguished journals such as Educational Research and Teaching Education.

Mastering future teachers’ preparation for using and doing research in their classrooms Contemporary teachers at all levels are strongly encouraged to integrate research into their classroom settings. However, even though the value of teachers’ engaging with, and in, research is widely acknowledged in the existing literature, they do not seem to have sufficient knowledge and skills to be able to use and conduct research within their teaching practice. Effective training is a fundamental in preparing future teachers to become users and producers of research results in their professional settings. It is not enough to simply call on students to adopt or develop research-based teaching practices. They need to experience how research may inform, affirm and improve the teaching and learning in their classrooms and schools. Hence, there is a need for teacher educators to identify and implement the most powerful and effective methods of supporting student teachers to become research-active practitioners. This workshop by utilizing existing research literature offers a framework within which you as a teacher educator may develop good practice in developing student teachers’ consciousness of and competences in using and doing research in their classrooms. Through a series of discussions, prompts and provocations based on real stories from academics, you will learn, step by step, about meaningful and engaging teaching strategies for enriching your students and enabling them to utilize research in their future profession. These strategies are also fundamental in reconceptualizing teacher education curricula to promote the core concepts and principles of research-based teaching practice.