Author: Anne Burns and Nur Kurtoglu-Hooton
Date of Publication: February 2014
Series Title: Scottish Languages Review
Notes: Issue 27
In this article, we report on an action research project we facilitated with three modern language teachers working in secondary schools in the West Midlands and Yorkshire. Over a period of approximately nine months we worked collaboratively with the teachers to facilitate action research processes in their classrooms, where they were teaching either French or Spanish. We outline the structure we put in place to sustain the project and explain what conducting classroom-based action research involves. We then briefly describe the research projects carried out by the teachers. We conclude by reflecting on some of the impacts of action research on the teachers’ practice and on our own thinking as teacher educators.
Keywords: action research, teachers as researchers, classroom practice, reflection on teaching and learning