Exploratory Practice in Language Teaching: Puzzling About by Judith Hanks

By Judith Hanks

This e-book tracks the improvement of Exploratory perform because the early Nineties as an unique type of practitioner study within the box of English language instructing. Drawing on case reports, vignettes and narratives from academics and inexperienced persons worldwide as they skilled Exploratory perform of their diverse contexts, Hanks examines the theoretical and philosophical underpinnings of the Exploratory perform framework and asks what the foundations fairly suggest in perform. For language pros contemplating investigating their study rooms and their teaching/learning practices carefully and thoughtfully, this publication breaks new flooring, arguing for a clean viewpoint: (exploratory) practice-as-research. Judith Hanks is Lecturer in TESOL on the collage of Leeds, united kingdom. Her paintings bridges professional components in language instructor schooling, intercultural verbal exchange, TESOL and EAP.

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Chapter 3 considers definitions of research, and practitioner research: What are some of the key questions about practitioner research in second language education generally? Chapter 4 examines some of the defining characteristics of practitioner research, focusing particularly on AR, characterised by the divergent pulls of ‘action’ (for change/improvement) and ‘research’ (to investigate and reflect on matters), and RP, characterised by the notions of reflecting in and on practice, also with the goal of improving matters.

2013) Visualising Health Care Practice Improvement: Innovation from within. London: Radcliffe Publishing Ltd.  In trying to make visible the invisible, assumed practices, and in respecting and acknowledging the pre-existing wisdoms of practitioners, Iedema et al. explicate the notion of research-as-practice, a first step towards what I propose here: (exploratory) practice-as-research. van Manen, M. (1990) Researching Lived Experience: Human science for an action sensitive pedagogy. New York: The State University of New York.

What, then, do I hope to find? First of all, I know that the kind of teaching I have called for makes heavy demands on the teacher – demands on time and skill, of course, but also on flexibility and commitment. So I hope that in the future we will all find a growing public appreciation not only for the value of our product, but also for the special intricacy and delicacy of the process that we are responsible for guiding. (1996: 249) Stevick (1996) argued for a recognition of, and respect for, the contributions that learners and teachers offer for the field of language education.

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