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ERIC Number: EJ847252
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-1175-8708
From the Basement of the Ivory Tower: English Teachers as Collaborative Researchers
Firkins, Arthur; Wong, Cherry
English Teaching: Practice and Critique, v4 n2 p62-71 Sep 2005
This article reports on both writers' experiences as participants in a collaborative action research project in Hong Kong. The article draws a distinction between teachers as research consumers and teachers as research producers. The authors suggest that active teacher agency in research is a positive element in the professional development of English teachers. Teachers primarily become research producers through involvement in some form of action research project. Although action research is increasingly recognized as a teacher competency in Hong Kong, it is nevertheless difficult for teachers to initiate and conduct when research is not seen as a core professional activity by their school with subsequent limited support. The authors view collaboration with professional researchers as a positive way for teachers to be apprenticed into the research process. The article ends by suggesting possible strategies that would support and encourage teachers to undertake research. (Contains 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong