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ERIC Number: EJ1096447
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Apr
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0951-0893
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Researching Teacher Associations
Smith, Richard; Kuchah, Kuchah
ELT Journal, v70 n2 p212-221 Apr 2016
In this article, we argue not only for more research "into" English language teacher associations (TAs) but also for research to be carried out "by" and "within" TAs. That is, we advocate their becoming "Researching TAs" themselves. This suggestion derives from our recent collaborative work with/within the Cameroon English Language and Literature Teachers' Association (CAMELTA). In this context, we have initiated and helped to facilitate the development of what we term--by analogy with "teacher-research"--"TA-research": systematic inquiry which is based on members' priorities and officially endorsed by a TA, and which engages members as active participants in what they see as a collective project. This initiative offers promising signs that a TA can become a "researching association" in the service of its members' needs. In the CAMELTA case, valuable local knowledge is being uncovered and shared, helping members become less dependent on outsider expertise: in a word, more "empowered."
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Cameroon
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