Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Education

Language Education Seminar: ‘Principles for practitioner research in language

11 December 2013 - 11 December 2013
Hillary Place 1.24

The Language Education Research Group in the School of Education is pleased to invite you to attend this research seminar which is part of our 2013-14 seminar series.

This seminar will be delivered by Dr Judith Hanks and Dr Martin Wedell on ‘Principles for practitioner research in language'.

Practitioner research: reality or fantasy?

Dr Martin Wedell, University of Leeds

There is a substantial body of literature on practitioner research (PR), utilising a number of different labels.  The bulk of this literature more or less unambiguously proposes that PR is an emancipatory, empowering process which can assist practitioners to develop their own practice-based theories.  However, I would argue that PR needs to be considered within the visible and the invisible context of the wider education system within which teachers work. I briefly discuss how an exploration of teachers’ contexts can reveal inconsistencies between the degree of agency vested in teachers and the achievement of meaningful PR outcomes. 

Exploratory Practice: ‘Quality of life’ as a principle for practitioner research in language learning and teaching

Dr Judith Hanks, University of Leeds

In recent decades Exploratory Practice (EP) has emerged as a way of combining research and pedagogy in language classrooms. Based on a framework of principles for inclusive practitioner research, EP recommends prioritizing ‘quality of life’ as the fundamental issue for practitioners to consider (Allwright, 2003, 2005; Gieve & Miller, 2006). But what does this mean in practice? Drawing on a number of case studies, focusing particularly on English for Academic Purposes, I examine the notions of developing understanding(s), collegial working, and mutual development which are central to the EP approach

There is no booking required, however, due to the size of the room, seating will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. The School apologises in advance if this causes any inconvenience.

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