Research Competencies in Teacher Education

Expected by INTASC

Excerpts from:

Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium. Model Standards for Beginning Teacher Licensing, Assessment and Development: A Resource for State Dialogue. Washington, DC: Council of Chief State School Officers, 1992.

Principle 1
Principle 4
Principle 8

Principle 1: The teacher understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s) he or she teaches and can create learning experiences that make these aspects of subject matter meaningful for students.


The teacher understands major concepts, assumptions, debates, processes of inquiry, and ways of knowing that are central to the discipline(s) s/he teaches.


S/he seeks to keep abreast of new ideas and understandings in the field.

The teacher is committed to continuous learning and engages in professional discourse about subject matter knowledge and children's learning of the discipline.


The teacher effectively uses multiple representations and explanations of disciplinary concepts that capture key ideas and link them to students' prior understandings.

The teacher can represent and use differing viewpoints, theories, "ways of knowing" and methods of inquiry in his/her teaching of subject matter concepts.

The teacher can evaluate teaching resources and curriculum materials for their comprehensiveness, accuracy, and usefulness for representing particular ideas and concepts.

The teacher engages students in generating knowledge and testing hypotheses according to the methods of inquiry and standards of evidence used in the discipline.

Principle 4: The teacher understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies to encourage students' development of critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills.


The teacher understands the cognitive processes associated with various kinds of learning and how these processes can be stimulated.

The teacher understands principles and techniques associated with various instructional strategies.

The teacher knows how to enhance learning through the use of a wide variety of materials as well as human and technological resources (e.g. computers, audio-visual technologies, videotapes and discs, local experts, primary documents and artifacts, texts, reference books, literature, and other print resources).


The teacher values the development of students' critical thinking, independent problem solving, and performance capabilities.


The teacher uses multiple teaching and learning strategies

Principle 8: The teacher understands and uses formal and informal assessment strategies to evaluate and ensure the continuous intellectual, social and physical development of the learner.

Last modified February 9, 2007
by Boris Teske, Prescott Memorial Library,
Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA 71272