Developing Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes through a Study Group: A Study on Teachers’ Professional Development




professional development, study group, knowledge, skills, attitudes, foreign language teacher education


This article presents the results of a qualitative study that explored the development of knowledge, skills and attitudes of a group of foreign language teacher educators and pre-service teachers through their participation in a study group. Sources of data included minutes of meetings, observations, tape recorded meetings, self-assessment forms and interviews. The fi ndings show that teachers developed knowledge about the subject matter and research. Moreover, they developed skills such as research skills, critical thinking and collaborative work, and attitudes such as initiative, commitment, positive attitude towards research, and risk taking. It is concluded that the use of study groups can be an effective strategy for the professional development of teachers.

Received: 06-04-07 / Accepted: 06-08-07

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Sierra Piedrahita, A. M. (2007). Developing Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes through a Study Group: A Study on Teachers’ Professional Development. Íkala. 12(1), pp. 279 – 305.

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Author Biography

Ana María Sierra-Piedrahita, Universidad de Antioquia

Ana María Sierra is a full time teacher at he School of Languages, Universidad de Antioquia. B.Ed. Foreign Languages. Master of Arts in Secondary and Continuing Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. PhD student, University of Wisconsin- Madison. Member of Grupo de Investigación Acción y Evaluación en Lenguas Extranjeras (GIAE), Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia.


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Sierra-Piedrahita, A. M. (2007). Developing Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes through a Study Group: A Study on Teachers’ Professional Development. Íkala, Revista De Lenguaje Y Cultura, 12(1), 279–305.