Enhancing Students Involvement         and Enjoyment        A report on an action research project conducted at           ...
Outline Abstract Theoretical background The study Conclusion and recommendations Appendices   Bibliography    May
Food for thought   “If you want it done right, you may as well do    it yourself.” (Dalton Trumbo, screenwriter)   "Cont...
Abstract Context Topic Questions Techniques Actions Conclusion    May
Theoretical Background   History:     -1944      -1960s/1970s      -Aristotle    May
Rationale Observe what students really do Provide feedback on our teaching Adapt teaching and learning Not rely totall...
Definitions of Action Research:1."… research carried out by teachers,   with teachers and for teachers.”                 (...
2. "Action research can be defined as a   combination of the terms "action" and   "research." Action research puts ideas  ...
Main features   it is a "form of structured reflection“   it focuses on problems arising from    teaching practice   it...
Main features (cont’d)   it is "a reflective cycle“   outcomes are not necessarily    "generalizable" to other teaching ...
Main Steps of Action Research         1.   Identify an issue         2.   Seek knowledge         3.   Plan an action  ...
Techniques Field notes Teaching logs Diaries Verbal reports Structured observation Questionnaires and interviews   ...
The study  Reframing the research question:from"Redesigning lessons fromInterchange II to make them moreappealing for both...
Techniques-Field notes-Questionnaires-Digital photography  May
MethodologyDesigned according to basic researchaction „models‟Refer to chart  May
Main findings General information:  -number  -gender  -age Trying new methods: 90% For re-pair up: 75% Complete word m...
Main findings (cont’d)   Stand up to act out dialogues: 90 %   For „Run for it‟: 65 %   Completing „internet assignment...
Conclusion and recommendations   Reflect constantly on own practices   First review literature   Trust own judgement, b...
More lessons learnt . . .   Leave room for personal intiative   Involve colleagues AND   Students    May
Most important lesson:    "Contemplating problems does not    lead necessarily to solving them."                      (Wa...
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  1. 1. Enhancing Students Involvement and Enjoyment A report on an action research project conducted at the American Language Center of Agadir by Abdellatif Zoubair May 2007 May
  2. 2. Outline Abstract Theoretical background The study Conclusion and recommendations Appendices Bibliography May
  3. 3. Food for thought “If you want it done right, you may as well do it yourself.” (Dalton Trumbo, screenwriter) "Contemplating problems does not lead necessarily to solving them." (Wallace, 1998) May
  4. 4. Abstract Context Topic Questions Techniques Actions Conclusion May
  5. 5. Theoretical Background History: -1944 -1960s/1970s -Aristotle May
  6. 6. Rationale Observe what students really do Provide feedback on our teaching Adapt teaching and learning Not rely totally on „top-down‟ decisions Help teachers become change agents. May
  7. 7. Definitions of Action Research:1."… research carried out by teachers, with teachers and for teachers.” (Webber 1994) May
  8. 8. 2. "Action research can be defined as a combination of the terms "action" and "research." Action research puts ideas into practice for the purpose of self- improvement and increasing knowledge about curriculum, teaching and learning. The ultimate result is improvement in what happens in the classroom and school." (Kemmis and McTaggert 1982) (from Onel 1997) May
  9. 9. Main features it is a "form of structured reflection“ it focuses on problems arising from teaching practice it is "inquiry-oriented": May
  10. 10. Main features (cont’d) it is "a reflective cycle“ outcomes are not necessarily "generalizable" to other teaching contexts“ it is not a top-down action. May
  11. 11. Main Steps of Action Research 1. Identify an issue 2. Seek knowledge 3. Plan an action 4. Implement the action 5. Observe the action 6. Reflect on your observation 7. Revise the plan May
  12. 12. Techniques Field notes Teaching logs Diaries Verbal reports Structured observation Questionnaires and interviews May
  13. 13. The study Reframing the research question:from"Redesigning lessons fromInterchange II to make them moreappealing for both learners andteachers" to:“Enhancing students involvementand enjoyment"May
  14. 14. Techniques-Field notes-Questionnaires-Digital photography May
  15. 15. MethodologyDesigned according to basic researchaction „models‟Refer to chart May
  16. 16. Main findings General information: -number -gender -age Trying new methods: 90% For re-pair up: 75% Complete word maps on the board: 100% May
  17. 17. Main findings (cont’d) Stand up to act out dialogues: 90 % For „Run for it‟: 65 % Completing „internet assignment‟: 50 % May
  18. 18. Conclusion and recommendations Reflect constantly on own practices First review literature Trust own judgement, but also Use reliable means May
  19. 19. More lessons learnt . . . Leave room for personal intiative Involve colleagues AND Students May
  20. 20. Most important lesson: "Contemplating problems does not lead necessarily to solving them." (Wallace, 1988). May

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