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                                Chapter 4
Attention to the role of pre-service teacher research in teacher education is growing worldwide. Some countries such as Finland, the USA and Australia have a longer research tradition in teacher education than the Netherlands. This mixed methods study compares the perceptions of teacher educators and pre-service teachers about the purposes, learning outcomes, and value of pre-service teacher research in different contexts. Focus group and questionnaire data from participants in the Netherlands and Australia, identify an inquiry habit of mind as most important, valuable outcome of pre-service teacher research. Although pre-service teachers consider research frustrating and stressful, they acknowledge its value as communication tool and contributor to teacher identity. Yet few of them expect to conduct research in their future jobs.

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