In order to nurture teacher educators as researchers, the Research Authority has devised career-long professional development opportunities in research for teacher educators.
1. Post-Doctoral Program for Outstanding Teacher Educators The aim of this highly competitive bi-annual program is to support outstanding early-career teacher educators during the initial phases of their career. Candidates are required to provide letters of recommendation from their respective colleges where they have been earmarked to hold leading positions in the future. The program offers participants scholarships, small-group tuition, and personal mentoring by highly reputable experts from their particular field of interest. Participants conduct applied research that is relevant to teacher education and attempt to publish their results in international peer-reviewed journals.
2. Mid-Career Advanced Studies in Research a. Focus Groups in Qualitative Research. Qualitative research has gained recognition in recent years in a variety of disciplines, including education, social work, psychology, health sciences, and more. The focus groups are research communities that meet six times during the academic year and study various research methodologies such as narratives and life stories, text and dialogue analysis, action research, applying literary interpretative methods to research, qualitative data analysis, analysis of visual images, and writing academic articles. Participants also discuss and support one another’s studies. The groups attract scholars with varying amounts of research experience, some of whom hail from other social sciences faculties. Participation in focus groups may span many years; in some cases, it is career-long.
b. Study Days and Workshops. Study days and workshops in research are usually held during college vacations. The topics include HLM, SEM, narrative interviews, narrative analysis, analysis of figurative language in discourse, revision of papers, and more.
c. Sabbatical Year at The MOFET Institute. The Research Authority offers personal mentoring to teacher educators who wish to spend their sabbatical year at MOFET, conducting research or publishing their results.
3. Support for Teacher Educators’ Research a. Consultations. The Research Authority offers teacher educators research assistance in three areas: methodology (quantitative and qualitative studies); quantitative and qualitative data analysis; and the preparation of manuscripts for publication in refereed journals. Teacher educators are referred to advisors from among Israel leading educational researchers.
b. Pilot Studies. In order to promote research among teacher educators, the Research Authority calls upon college teachers to write pilot study proposals in their area of professional expertise. The aim of these pilot studies is to budget small-scale studies that will later serve as a basis for submitting broader research proposals.
c. Intercollegiate Research Committee. This committee offers financial support to teacher educators who conduct research in education and teacher education in both quantitative and qualitative paradigms. Although competitive, researchers have an opportunity to improve their proposals in response to reviewers’ comments either within a short period of time or prior to the next submission date. The committee allocates wages to researchers as well as financial aid to cover research costs.
d. Review Board for the Protection of Human Participants in Research. The Review Board reviews MOFET’s research projects as well as the research proposals of fellows in the post-doctoral program. Teacher educators whose colleges do not have a review board may apply to MOFET in order to have their projects reviewed. The board also serves as a consultation forum for members of review boards in teacher education colleges.
e. Research Resources. The Research Authority deposits methodological reference books as well as its supported projects, research tools, and research reports in MOFET’s Information Center. These are accessible to all teacher educator researchers.
4. Senior Researchers The Research Authority invites senior researchers to collaborate with colleagues from diverse teacher education colleges in one of its large-scale, policy-relevant research projects. The senior researchers also share their knowledge as consultants, mentors, tutors, lecturers, or facilitators of focus groups.