ERIC Number: ED415673
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Action Research: Using Your Classroom for Professional Development.
Troudi, Salah; Riley, Susan
Teachers of English as a Second Language (ESL) are encouraged to conduct classroom research to (1) discover what happens when they teach and students try to learn, assess and improve teaching practices; monitor innovations in teaching, syllabus, or materials; and investigate problems in the classroom. Simple steps are outlined: developing a plan of action to change or improve what is occurring; implementing the plan; observing the effects and the context in which they occur; and reflecting on the results. The teacher is guided through the process of: formulating a research question from among a variety of issues, based on teacher experience or student comments; checking to see if other teachers and researchers have addressed similar problems; collecting data using diaries, interviews, questionnaires, tests, observation, and field notes; and reviewing the data with the research question in mind. (Contains 9 references.) (MSE)
Descriptors: Action Research, Classroom Research, Classroom Techniques, Curriculum Development, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, Instructional Improvement, Instructional Materials, Material Development, Media Selection, Problem Solving, Professional Development, Research Design, Research Methodology, Second Language Instruction, Student Evaluation
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (30th, Chicago, IL, March 1996).