ERIC Number: EJ1059947
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
Reading Sources and Academic Freedom as Determinants of Trends in English Language Teacher Research in Egypt: An Interview-Based Study
Abdel Latif, Muhammad M. M.
European Journal of Teacher Education, v38 n2 p137-153 2015
Little attention has been given to investigating the experiences of teacher researchers while undertaking their studies. In an attempt to explore what accounts for the stereotyped and imitative trends in the studies conducted by English language teachers in Egypt, the present study has explored how they select research topics and the factors influencing their research orientations and processes. The study used semi-structured interviews with 25 Egyptian teachers who were doing MA and Ph.D. studies in TESOL. It was found that they view good language teaching research as either testing the effectiveness of instructional techniques or evaluating textbooks, though most of them opt for experimental research due to its practical nature. The study also revealed that reading sources and academic freedom are the two main determinants of research trends in this context. Apart from the association found between the teacher researchers' perceived academic freedom and the type of literature they read, the following three other factors also accounted for the relative variance in such freedom: (a) the stage undertaken in the research, (b) the number of supervisors available or assigned and (c) the research degree registered for. The article concludes with discussing the implications of these results.
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Teachers, Teacher Researchers, Trend Analysis, Supervisors, Correlation, Semi Structured Interviews, Teacher Attitudes, Masters Programs, Doctoral Programs, Graduate Study, Educational Research, Teaching Methods, Textbook Evaluation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Egypt