Action Research In Education: A Way Towards Professional Development And Autonomy

  • Clara Inés Arias Universidad de Antioquia
  • María Isabel Restrepo Universidad de Antioquia
Keywords: educational action research, professional development, autonomy, empowerment, research


In this piece of writing we demonstrate the way the work dynamics of our team of teacher and student researchers (PEALE, acronym in Spanish) has contributed to our professional development and autonomy. We do not show the results of the action research project on evaluation of foreign language acquisition, but how it has promoted knowledge, experience, social, research, and evaluation skills, and attitudes towards evaluation and research. With examples of practices held in the team, we illustrate how reflexivity, dialectic critique, and collaboration, action research principles, are put into action. We also refer to the relationship among these principles and professional development, autonomy, and the researchers’ willingness to use the empowerment gained in the transformation of their educational communities.Received: 16-02-09 / Accepté: 02-06-09How to reference this article:Arias, C. I. & Restrepo, M. I. (2009). Action Research in Education: A Way Towards Professional Development And Autonomy. Íkala. 14(2), pp.109-122.

Author Biographies

Clara Inés Arias, Universidad de Antioquia
Clara Inés Arias es magíster en inglés como segunda lengua, de la Universidad de Hawai’i; profesora asociada de la Escuela de Idiomas, Universidad de Antioquia, es investigadora del Grupo de Investigación-Acción y Evaluación en Lenguas Extranjeras (GIAE).
María Isabel Restrepo, Universidad de Antioquia
María Isabel Restrepo es licenciada en lenguas extranjeras de la Escuela de Idiomas, Universidad de Antioquia, y profesora vinculada como docente investigadora en la Fundación Universitaria Luis Amigó.
Empirical Studies