A nation of learners requires a nation of teachers adept in different instructional methods who are sensitive to diverse learning styles and able to adapt instruction to address the needs of all students. It also requires researchers and other education professionals who are able to identify exemplary practice, develop and test innovative instructional methods, and provide supports and resources to help teachers improve student learning. To achieve these outcomes, the University of Michigan Schools of Information (UMSI) and Education (SOE) are collaborating on a project to examine the reuse of qualitative data for teacher education and research. Our focus is the Teaching & Learning Exploratory (TLE), a qualitative data archive of classroom “records of practice” that include videos of classroom teaching, recordings of content area interviews with students, and work samples from students and teachers. One important focus of the TLE’s collections is on math education. These collections are used by educational researchers, instructors in teacher education programs, as well as by others involved in the study and improvement of teaching. Our project will contribute to the development of these resources and also inform qualitative data reuse and curators of qualitative data, an understudied area in data reuse. This 3-year project covers the period from December 1, 2014 to November 30, 2017.

University of Michigan School of Information and School of Education logos IMLS Project Number: LG-06-14-0122-14