by Dan Goldhaber
American Enterprise Institute
September 12, 2013
Today’s traditional model in which a teacher stands in front of a 30-student class to deliver a lecture may look quite different in the future in response to new school models and new technologies. If so, research on teacher quality will have to change. This paper imagines what a teacher-quality research agenda might look like over the next decade. Specifically, Goldhaber details some of the research necessary to better understand the implications of the current wave of teacher evaluation and workforce reforms as well as what we will need to know about teacher quality under the hypothesis of a radically redesigned workforce structure in which teachers reach students in different ways (for example, online) and through more complex team structures. In short, this paper lays out a vision for the big questions that need to be asked over the next decade and how to start to tackling them.

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