QUALITATIVE RESEARCH: ACTION RESEARCH HELDA ALICIA HIDALGO DAVILA UNIVERSITY OF NARIÑO HUMAN SCIENCES SCHOOL LINGUISTICS AND LANGUAGES DEPARTMENT. ACTION RESEARCH IN LANGUAGES
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QUALITATIVE RESEARCH: ACTION RESEARCH
HELDA ALICIA HIDALGO DAVILA
UNIVERSITY OF NARIÑO
HUMAN SCIENCES SCHOOL
LINGUISTICS AND LANGUAGES DEPARTMENT
ACTION RESEARCH IN LANGUAGES
DEFINITIION: a research process that implies questioning about the teachers’ practices in the classroom. It is a kind of monitoring process developed by the teacher about his /her experiences in the classroom (Wallace, 1991)
OUTCOME: Research is transformed into actions that are observable in the classroom and teaching and learning processes are improved.
WHO CONDUCTS ACTION RESEARCH?
Actual language teachers
They are important and valuable sources of information and knowledge about their classroom teaching situations.
WHY ARE RESULTS FROM AR IMPORTANT?
Results are credible and valid for the individual needs of the teachers and students.
Changes are produced in the teaching and learning process.
Teaching and learning can improve.
“Gow, Kember and McKay (I 996) working in Hong Kong, for example, focused on encouraging independent (student) learning at the tertiary level, and reported improved student learning as a result of their action research project.
Another interesting study conducted by Curtis (2001), who encouraged 20 Hong Kong teachers to carry out small-scale action research studies which focused on how they could increase and improve the quantity of spoken English used by their learners in their English lessons, also reported positive results from partaking in action research such as increased teacher awareness of classroom dynamics, and expectations of their learners. In addition, Curtis (2001: 75) reported that the teachers learned ‘a great deal about themselves, their students and their teaching and learning environments through action research'.
Stewart (2001: 79) carried out action research to explore how Japanese university students use questions in formal debates and concluded that action research for language teachers is not only a way to solve problems 'but it is found in the very act of entering into the cycle of investigation‘.”
(Taken from Farrel, 2007, p.98).
Select a method of data collection
Collect, analyze and interpret the data
Implement the action and monitor it
Write the topic of your project
2. Do you think you can use Action Research as the research methodology for your topic? Explain why?
3. What do you think about Action Research as a research method for your professional life as an English teacher?
4. Suggest 1 topic you could apply for Action Research