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ERIC Number: EJ793103
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 12
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-1474-0222
Finding a Voice through Research
Lobo, Jose; Vizcaino, Alida
Arts and Humanities in Higher Education: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice, v5 n3 p305-316 2006
One question guided this experimental study: What impact does the change from teacher training to educational research have on university teachers' methodology and attitudes to teaching? To find answers to this question, the researchers selected five teachers of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) at the language centre of a private university on the Caribbean Coast of Colombia and instructed them in the principles and procedures of action research. Semi-structured interviews were then conducted with each of the teachers involved, a focus group with students and class observations, and field notes were made. Most data sources were audio-taped and transcribed, and all were coded and analysed using qualitative methods. Results indicate that by carrying out research, these teachers, who find it very hard to make ends meet, were able to find a voice, articulate their ideas and propose new ways of teaching. They also found ways to see things differently, from a humanistic angle, and to empower themselves. (Contains 1 table and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Colombia