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Research and Practice in Applied Linguistics

Exploratory Practice in Language Teaching

Puzzling About Principles and Practices

Authors: Hanks, Judith

  • Draws on case studies, vignettes and narratives from teachers and learners around the world as they experience Exploratory Practice for the first timeExplores the evolution of the Exploratory Practice Framework and contextualises Exploratory Practice research 
  • Provides an exciting new direction for practitioners of language teaching and learning
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About this book

This book tracks the development of Exploratory Practice since the early 1990s as an original form of practitioner research in the field of English language teaching. Drawing on case studies, vignettes and narratives from teachers and learners around the world as they experienced Exploratory Practice in their different contexts, Hanks examines the theoretical and philosophical underpinnings of the Exploratory Practice framework and asks what the principles really mean in practice. For language professionals considering investigating their classrooms and their teaching/learning practices rigorously and thoughtfully, this book breaks new ground, arguing for a fresh perspective: (exploratory) practice-as-research. Judith Hanks is Lecturer in TESOL at the University of Leeds, UK. Her work bridges specialist areas in language teacher education, intercultural communication, TESOL and EAP.

About the authors

Judith Hanks is Lecturer in TESOL at the University of Leeds, UK. She started teaching EFL in 1987 and has worked in China, Italy, Singapore, Turkey and the UK. She has worked as a teacher, teacher trainer and teacher educator, as well as course director, programme leader and manager, and of course, she is a life-long language learner. Her work bridges specialist areas in language teacher education, intercultural communication, TESOL and EAP. She is a founder member of the Exploratory Practice group, and is co-author of The Developing Language Learner: An Introduction to Exploratory Practice (Allwright & Hanks, 2009). Her research interests lie in the areas of investigating developing intercultural understandings in language classrooms, eliciting learner and teacher understandings of their practice, with particular emphasis on practitioner research in language education, specifically: Exploratory Practice.

Reviews

“Interest in practitioner research is growing, but how might teachers research their own contexts? And how can they carry out these explorations in ways which add to their and their learners’ ‘quality of life’?  Judith Hanks provides a much-needed and inspiring account of Exploratory Practice (EP) which answers these questions.” (Graham Hall, Senior Lecturer, Northumbria University, UK)

“Hanks’ innovative analysis is a timely and important contribution to the burgeoning literature on practitioner researcher and continuing professional development in the field of language education.” (Simon Borg, Visiting Professor of TESOL, University of Leeds, UK)

“Hanks makes an original, detailed, and compelling case for the fundamental distinctiveness and practical importance of Exploratory Practice (EP), a radical form of practitioner research bringing teachers and learners (and others) together as co-researchers seeking deeper understandings of what it means to be engaged in language teaching and learning.” (Dick Allwright, Lancaster University, UK)

“Hanks goes deep into the fabric of Exploratory Practice from its theoretical origins to real examples. It is a rigorous and human account of how a network of theorists and teachers have worked through the puzzles of everyday teaching, crossing boundaries, getting to the essence of teachers and learners as people. Anyone who struggles to do the best for their students and themselves through openness and understanding will find this book a profound support.” (Adrian Holliday, Professor, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK)

Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • General Introduction

    Hanks, Judith

    Pages 1-19

  • Introduction to Part One

    Hanks, Judith

    Pages 23-31

  • From Research to Practitioner Research: Setting Exploratory Practice in Context

    Hanks, Judith

    Pages 33-56

  • Perspectives on the ‘Family’ of Practitioner Research

    Hanks, Judith

    Pages 57-80

  • The Evolution of the Exploratory Practice Framework

    Hanks, Judith

    Pages 81-106

Buy this book

eBook £17.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-45344-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £60.00
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-45343-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover £22.50
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-45711-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Exploratory Practice in Language Teaching
Book Subtitle
Puzzling About Principles and Practices
Authors
Series Title
Research and Practice in Applied Linguistics
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-45344-0
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-45344-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-45343-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-137-45711-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 384
Number of Illustrations and Tables
13 b/w illustrations
Topics