Saturday 9:00 - 10:20 AM
Magnolia B, Olympic ParkTel
Approaches to Classroom-based Research for Language Teachers
Dr Anne Burns, Dr Gillian Wigglesworth
Macquarie University, Australia
This workshop is designed to provide participants with an introduction
to research methods for carrying out classroom-based research relevant
to the circumstances in which they work.
The presenters will first outline different approaches currently taken
to classroom-based research: experimental, naturalistic and action research.
The characteristics of each approach will be considered and participants
will be invited to explore the advantages and disadvantages. Examples from
language classroom research will be used to illustrate the different approaches.
Following this overview, participants will be involved in activities
enhance their understanding of the concepts introduced. They will have
the opportunity to discuss research topics that interest them and to work
through some steps involved in framing research questions and selecting
appropriate methodologies. A series of short tasks will be used to involve
them in data analysis
using quantitative and qualitative techniques.