Exploratory Practice: An Alternative Tool for Understanding Life in the Language Classroom

| May 28, 2010
Title
Exploratory Practice: An Alternative Tool for Understanding Life in the Language Classroom

Author
Subhi Ashour
University of Exeter
Abstract
In this study, I begin with a reflection on my experience of the pre-service research component of the Initial Teaching Training [ITT] programme at the Higher Language Institute [HLI], Damascus University. I back up my opinions and views of that component with my fellow colleagues through a questionnaire I analysed in a previous paper (Ashour, 2008a). Following that I shall address the issue of the relevance of classroom-research for teachers in my institution and some practical issues related to the impediments of classroom-research there. Armed by my experience in the MEd programme, I shall propose Exploratory Practice [EP] as an approach to research in the HLI classroom. I shall discuss the principles and characteristics of EP in the light of other approaches. Finally I shall flesh out the skeleton of my argument with some examples of research projects informed by EP principles adding to that my own intended work with EP at the HLI.
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