Action Research Topics and Questions in a Foreign Languages Teaching Practicum in Colombia

  • Maria McNulty Universidad de Antioquia
Keywords: action research, foreign language teacher training, research, teaching practicum, foreign language teaching methodological strategies.

Abstract

Pre-service teachers identify topics and formulate research questions in action research under the guidance of advisors in the teaching practicum of an undergraduate foreign languages teaching program in Colombia. The objective is to examine pre-service teachers' and advisors' beliefs about useful methodological strategies to identify the topics and formulate the research questions, and the roles they assumed. The method in this case study was structured questionnaires and semi-structured interviews with the participants. This study shows that journal writing, collaborative dialogue, exploring and expanding one's theoretical base, delimiting topics, and de­monstrating work were useful strategies. Though pre-service teachers took ownership of choosing topics and formulating questions, some shared roles led advisors to participate more actively in this process. The methodologi­cal process used to identify the topics and formulate the research questions is associated with a reflective professional development endeavor with in­dividual and group reflection.

Recibido: 01-09-09 /Aceptado: 28-01-10

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Mcnulty Ferri, M. (2010). Questions et sujets de recherche action d'enseignants en formation dans un programme de Licence en Langues Etrangères de Colombie. Íkala.15(1), pp.207-230.

 

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Author Biography

Maria McNulty, Universidad de Antioquia
Maria McNulty is an Associate Professor of the School of Languages, Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia. Member of Action Research and Evaluation Research Group in foreign languages (GIAE), and Teaching and Learning Foreign Languages (EALE), School of Languages, Universidad de Antioquia. Master's Degree in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from Universidad de Caldas, Manizales, Colombia. Diploma in Teaching English as a Second Language from the University of Toronto, Canada. Honorary Degree in Psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada. E-mail: maria.mcnulty@gmail.com

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Published
2010-04-21
How to Cite
McNulty M. (2010). Action Research Topics and Questions in a Foreign Languages Teaching Practicum in Colombia. Íkala, 15(1), 207-230. Retrieved from https://revistas.udea.edu.co/index.php/ikala/article/view/5104
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