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ERIC Number: EJ1057001
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Apr
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0033-6882
Connecting Research and Practice in TESOL: A Community of Practice Perspective
Tavakoli, Parvaneh
RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, v46 n1 p37-52 Apr 2015
In line with a growing interest in teacher research engagement in second language education, this article is an attempt to shed light on teachers' views on the relationship between teaching and practice. The data comprise semi-structured interviews with 20 teachers in England, examining their views about the divide between research and practice in their field, the reasons for the persistence of the divide between the two and their suggestions on how to bridge it. Wenger's (1998) Community of Practice (CoP) is used as a conceptual framework to analyse and interpret the data. The analysis indicates that teacher experience, learning and ownership of knowledge emerging from participation in their CoP are key players in teachers' professional practice and in the development of teacher identity. The participants construe the divide in the light of the differences they perceive between teaching and research as two different CoPs, and attribute the divide to the limited mutual engagement, absence of a joint enterprise and lack of a shared repertoire between them. Boundary encounters, institutionalized brokering and a more research-oriented teacher education provision are some of the suggestions for bringing the two communities together.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)
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