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Teacher Research in English classrooms: questions that are worth asking?

Daly, C; Taylor, L; (2020) Teacher Research in English classrooms: questions that are worth asking? In: Daly, C and Davison, J, (eds.) Debates in English teaching. (pp. 145-157). Routledge: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

The relationship between teaching and research has been subject to increasing scrutiny over the past 15 years. Successive initiatives indicate the struggle to be clear about the purposes of teacher research, whether all teachers should engage with research, and when research is most relevant to teachers’ professional learning and development. This chapter explores what research means to the teacher and why engaging with research is a vital aspect of practitioner identity. It examines how teachers have arrived in a situation where engaging with research in some contexts can restrict teachers’ critical thinking and practice, rather than support the development of professional understanding and thoughtful action. Finally, the chapter explores possibility of asking questions that are worth asking as the basis for teacher research. It develops around quotations from key studies that have implications for teacher research. Consider these quotations and how far they apply to current practices in English teaching and teacher research in the settings teachers know.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Teacher Research in English classrooms: questions that are worth asking?
ISBN-13: 9781138581166
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.4324/9780429506871
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429506871
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10087408
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