Reflections on the Research Process - University of Liverpool

CANCELLED Reflections on the research process: a personal and professional perspective (Lesley Randles, Department of English)

3:30pm - 4:30pm / Friday 13th March 2020 / Venue: Lecture Theatre 5, Rendall Building
Type: Lecture / Category: Department / Series: Centre of Teaching Excellence for Language Learning
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This talk reports my experience as a researcher in exploring the nature of professional development in the field of language teacher education. The study was set in Malaysia and informants were Malaysian teachers of English as a foreign language. Specific areas which emerged from the interview data were informants’ perceptions about how they approach teaching English as a foreign language, their relationships with students, their ideas about a teacher’s image and dress, their thinking about responsibilities and workload and the emotions of teaching and guilt. I will relate some of these stories in the interview data and analyse them from a discoursal perspective. I will explain what I have learnt from doing ethnographic interpretative research in language teacher education and development and I offer a ‘reflexive ‘account of my experience in new paradigm research (Reason and Rowan 1981, Hitchcock and Hughes 1989).

Lesley Randles teaches modules on the MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and the MA in Applied Linguistics in the Department of English at the University of Liverpool.

This is a CPD event. A letter of attendance is available on request.