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ERIC Number: EJ1003877
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-0965-0792
"Let Them Fish": Empowering Student-Teachers for Professional Development through the Project Approach
Goh, LayHuah; Loh, Kok-Cheang
Educational Action Research, v21 n2 p202-217 2013
This action research was a form of "appreciative enquiry" into my practice with my group of Bachelor in Education (TESL) students. I have adopted a postmodernist approach to research as narrative; that is "research as it is experienced" and not just "research as it is described". I used a project as an approach to relinquish control and empower my students to organize a seminar for their professional development. Twenty-six student-teachers (15 males and 11 females), aged around 24 years old, made up my target group. In this study, I used three data sources: student reflections, a "post-mortem" feedback session, and a self-reflection journal. All documented reflections, communications and transcriptions were analysed to elicit patterns and conclusions from the data. A significant learning point for the student-teachers was that communication and interpersonal skills were important in getting results from the top management and people of authority. The project was a process of change and self-discovery for the student-teachers. Students had to get over their resistance towards unwanted responsibilities and accept that in the real world, irrespective of their preferences, the job has to be done. The learning points I have acquired from this action research exercise will allow me to improve the project approach and make it more effective for increased capacity-building of the future teachers in my care. This research was significant in exploring the issue of empowerment in developing the professionalism of the student-teachers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Malaysia