Throughout my career, I have struggled with the fact that teacher preparation programs do not include a course in educational research. When I mention this to colleagues (or students), a highly predictable response is “Why should teacher candidates learn about research?” After years of trying to give a calm and rational response to that question, I have recently begun to answer with some questions of my own:
• Why should medical students learn about medical research?
• Why should nursing students learn about health science research?
• Why should law students learn about legal research?
• Why should engineering students learn about engineering research?