Research SIG Day, 2014 IATEFL Conference, 2nd April 2014
Forum on ‘Supporting Teacher-Research: Challenges and Opportunitities’
1) Action Research for Teacher Learning: Opportunities and Challenges
Fauzia Shamim (Taibah University, Saudia Arabia)
What opportunities and challenges does action research present for teachers’ individuated learning in their everyday life and work contexts? This session addresses this question with illustrative examples from educational settings in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. An important question is raised for follow-up discussion: Can action research be institutionalized as a teacher development strategy in teachers' everyday life and work contexts?
2) Helping Teachers Become Action Researchers through (despite?) Teacher Education
Mark Wyatt (University of Portsmouth, UK)
Although some teachers focus on instrumental goals during teacher education, others are highly intrinsically motivated, conscious of practical benefits, including growing capacity to support and research learning. Drawing on examples from Oman, this talk highlights how transformative growth can occur in intrinsically motivated teachers: if teacher education is situated in local contexts, incorporates mentoring, and promotes reflection and action research.
3) Managing Teacher-research: A Project with Chilean Secondary School Teachers
Richard Smith (University of Warwick, UK) & Paula Rebolledo (British Council, Chile)
Teacher engagement in research can be a particularly empowering form of continuing professional development, but how to support it effectively is a major issue. In this talk we share lessons learned from an innovative project, co-sponsored by the British Council Chile and the Chilean Ministry of Education, which placed teacher-research at centre stage within an in-service CPD [Continuing Professional Development] intervention.