Evaluating Research Skills Development in a Colombian Undergraduate Foreign Language Teaching Program


  • Maria McNulty Ferri Universidad de Antioquia
  • Jaime Usma Wilches Universidad de Antioquia




program evaluation, undergraduate foreign language teaching program, curricular innovation, developing research skills, research skills and methodology, preservice teacher education


The implementation of a research component in an undergraduate foreign language teaching program directed towards preservice development is evaluated in this research. Results show that factors such as course syllabi, professors' methodology, and administration leadership affect this curricular innovation.  Despite difficulties, research skill development can be improved with the necessary training, support, and time for professors' understanding and collaboration.

Received: 31-05-05 / Accepted: 02-08-05

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McNulty Ferri, M. & Usma Wilches, J. (2005). Evaluating Research Skills Development in a Colombian Undergraduate Foreign Language Teaching Program. Íkala. 10 (1), pp. 95 – 125 

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Author Biographies

Maria McNulty Ferri, Universidad de Antioquia

Professor, School of Languages, Universidad de Antioquia. Diploma in Teaching English as a Second Language, Honorous Psycology Degree. Graduate student at Universidad de Caldas in Colombia.

Jaime Usma Wilches, Universidad de Antioquia

Professor, School of Languages, Universidad de Antioquia. B.Ed. Foreign Languages, and currently enrolled as a graduate student at the University of Northen Iowa, on a Fulbright scholarship. Member of Grupo de Investiación Acción y Evaluación en Lenguas Extranjeras /Universidad de Antioquia/ Colombia.


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McNulty Ferri, M., & Usma Wilches, J. (2005). Evaluating Research Skills Development in a Colombian Undergraduate Foreign Language Teaching Program. Íkala, Revista De Lenguaje Y Cultura, 10(1), 95–125. https://doi.org/10.17533/udea.ikala.3052