Graham Crookes, PhD, is Associate Professor, Department of Second Language Studies and Acting Director, Hawai'i English Language Program, University of Hawai'i, Honolulu, Hawaii.
Introducing Action Research into the Education of Postsecondary Foreign Language Teachers
Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
© 2001 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 34, Issue 2, pages 131–140, March 2001
How to Cite
Crookes, G. and Chandler, P. M. (2001), Introducing Action Research into the Education of Postsecondary Foreign Language Teachers. Foreign Language Annals, 34: 131–140. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.2001.tb02818.x
- Issue published online: 31 DEC 2008
- Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
Abstract:This article reports on the introduction of an action research component into an existing graduate foreign language teaching methodology course for beginning foreign language teachers (graduate teaching assistants and graduate students) at the college level. The authors discuss the implementation, benefits, and caveats of such a project, illustrated with samples of feedback from the graduate teaching assistants' journals, evaluations, and follow-up interviews. Graduate teaching assistants reported positive attitudes about the project overall, at the same time expressing concerns about time constraints and risk taking (e.g., doing action research as beginning teachers). Limitations concerning the depth of graduate teaching assistants' understanding of action research were noted. Four possible options for change are listed, and some conclusions are drawn about the importance of a cyclical and exploratory approach to change in foreign language teacher education programs in general.