Center for Research in Educational Policy
The mission of the Center for Research in Educational Policy is to:
|The Center of Excellence in Teacher Education was established in 1984 at The University of Memphis (then Memphis State University) within the College of Education. Its mis- sion was to plan, implement and assess innovative teacher preparation programs. The unit was restructured in 1989 as the Center for Research in Educational Policy. Its revised mission was to address important issues and concerns associated with education in Tennessee and the nation.|
|Research outcomes are intended to provide a knowledge base for educational practitio-
ners and policy makers by describing the complexities of education and offering recom-
mendations for action. Resulting conceptual frameworks should enable decisions to be
made with greater insight and understanding. For example, center research has contrib-
uted to Tennessee policy decisions regarding teacher preparation and licensure, school
governance and site-based decision making and public school reforms. During the 1994-
95 school year, more than 200 schools located throughout the state were directly involved
in center projects. Center research has also contributed to national discussion of issues
such as school-based decision making, reform of teacher education, educational equity,
educational technology, school restructuring, urban and multicultural education and
interventions for at-risk students.
The majority of center projects are designed to address the needs and concerns of Tennes- see schools and universities. Examples include an annual survey of graduates of Tennes- see teacher preparation programs, a collaborative project currently operational in more than 123 school systems; and other projects involving public schools in rural, inner-city and suburban communities. The university's emphases on urban communities and cul- tural pluralism have enhanced research opportunities focusing on the problems of urban schools and issues related to diversity.
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Center for Research in Educational Policy: Timeline of major projects through the year 2000.
|Between 1985 and 1995, faculty associated with the center published 370 articles; over
250 books, book chapters or research monographs; and presented more than 750 schol-
arly papers at international, national or regional conferences.
The center has received wide recognition for its work. Among its honors are the Innova- tion in Teacher Education Award (Southeast Regional Association of Teacher Educators), the Distinguished Achievement Award (American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education), the Christa McAuliffe Showcase for Excellence Award (American Associa- tion of State Colleges and Universities) and the Showcase of Excellence Award (National Council of States on Inservice Education).
More than 40 projects are currently underway or being planned within four broad catego- ries of inquiry: development of school professionals, educational policy studies, school program research and school restructuring and reform.
|Quality of basic education for all learners is a primary concern in Tennessee, a human
resource development priority and an issue critical to continued economic growth of the
state, region and nation. Consistent with this concern, the center will address a host of
policy and practice issues associated with the attainment of Tennessee's 21st Century
Schools and achievement of America Goals 2000. Education restructuring efforts which
will receive priority include:
Collaborations will be created linking researchers and practitioners in the planning and
implementation of research via the Tennessee Education Network (TEN). In addition,
technical assistance will be provided to educators, researchers and policymakers in using
the information system for school improvement planning and decision making.