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Palgrave Macmillan

The Developing Language Learner

ISBN 9780230233690
Publication Date January 2009
Formats Ebook (PDF) Paperback Hardcover 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Research and Practice in Applied Linguistics

If we want to treat learners as practitioners of learning, alongside teachers as practitioners of teaching, and therefore capable of reaping the developmental benefits of practitioner research, how can we best proceed? For Allwright and Hanks the answer lies in Exploratory Practice – an inclusive form of practitioner research developed largely in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and in Lancaster, England, that enables both learners and teachers to develop their own understandings of their learning and teaching lives.

After arguing that developments in the field of applied linguistics have fallen short of establishing such a perspective on learners, and reviewing current research models, the authors propose seven principles for a truly inclusive extension of practitioner research – Exploratory Practice.

Five full chapters document, through learner and teacher narratives from around the world, how Exploratory Practice can engage learners as developing practitioners of learning, and enhance the learning process by enriching human relationships in the classroom.

DICK ALLWRIGHT is now retired from teaching applied linguistics at Lancaster University, UK. Once an enthusiast for observational classroom research, he has in recent years developed Exploratory Practice, a form of practitioner research involving teachers and learners working together, during language lessons, to explore and develop their own understandings of their classroom lives. He is the author of Observation in the Language Classroom, and (with Kathleen M. Bailey) Focus on the Language Classroom: An Introduction to Classroom Research for Language Teachers.

JUDITH HANKS has been a teacher, teacher trainer, course director, director of studies, and a learner of languages for many years. She has worked in Italy, Singapore, London, Lancaster and is currently Senior Teaching Fellow at the University of Leeds, UK. A founder member of the EPCentre Team, she has given a number of workshops, talks and presentations on Exploratory Practice and is particularly interested in Teacher Development and in Learner (under-) Performance.
 
 

General Editors' Preface
Acknowledgements
General Introduction: Learners and What We Think of Them
PART I: THE DEVELOPING VIEW OF THE LEARNER
Introduction to Part I
Assessment and the Learner
Method and the Learner
Teacher Training and the Learner
Learner Variables and the Learner
Second Language Acquisition Studies and the Learner
PART II: RESEARCH MODELS: WHAT WE HAVE AND WHAT WE NEED
What the Past Has Provided
Going Beyond Experiments: Descriptive Classroom Research
The Research We Now Need: Principled and Inclusive Practitioner Research
PART III: INCLUSIVE PRACTITIONER RESEARCH IN PRACTICE
Introduction to Part III
Getting Started
Conducting Investigations
The 'Web of Life' of the Rio de Janeiro Exploratory Practice Group
Sharing Developing Understandings Beyond the Classroom
PART IV: SOURCES AND RESOURCES FOR INCLUSIVE PRACTITIONER RESEARCH
Postscript
References
Index

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