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Teaching English to speakers of other languages teachers’ views on the relationship between research and practice

Tavakoli, P. and Howard, M. J. (2012) Teaching English to speakers of other languages teachers’ views on the relationship between research and practice. European Journal of Teacher Education, 35 (2). pp. 229-242. ISSN 0261-9768

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1080/02619768.2011.643398

Abstract/Summary

This paper reports on a study investigating teachers’ views and beliefs about the relationship between second language (L2) research and practice. Although a gap has been frequently reported between the two, there is little empirical data to show what teachers’ views on this relationship are or how these views and beliefs influence their use of research. A total of 60 TESOL1 teachers in England responded to a questionnaire which sought both qualitative and quantitative data. Results of the data analysis suggest that although their views on research and its usefulness are positive, teachers are mainly sceptical about the practicality and relevance of L2 research. More importantly, they expect research to originate from rather than end in classrooms and maintain that the prime responsibility of bringing research and practice together is to be shared by teacher training programmes and educational policies of the institutions they work in. Our analysis of the data further implies that there are differences between teachers’ epistemological assumptions and the more established notions of research.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Literature and Languages > English Language and Applied Linguistics
ID Code:31324
Publisher:Routledge

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