Teachers use journal articles on education to aid in professional development, obtain certification credits, conduct teacher research and reflect on their practice to improve student learning. Teachers must have certification, and part of that certification involves obtaining professional development credits in order to renew.
As of 2015, teachers in the state of Florida must obtain 120 hours of in-service credits through their school districts, or six semester hours of college-level credit, in order to renew their certificates every five years. Part of this coursework involves reading professional journal articles.
Teachers may also conduct research to solve specific problems in their classrooms or to prepare for advancement professionally. Teachers who wish to obtain jobs in higher education, for example, may wish to stay up-to-date on current trends in research. Staying abreast of best practices also helps teachers improve the student experience by drawing on proven teaching methods and learning strategies.
Academic, professional and humorous journal articles are available to teachers online. Websites such as Edutopia, run by the George Lucas Foundation, are popular places for teachers to engage in professional reading and social networking. Teachers read widely on the subject of education, researching such topics as classroom management, educational theories, current trends and educational standards.