Being a Teacher | Researcher: A Primer on Doing Authentic by Konstantinos Alexakos

By Konstantinos Alexakos

Utilizing a sociocultural method of serious motion learn, this booklet is a primer in doing reflexive, genuine inquiry study in instructing and studying for educators as instructor | researchers. instead of the synthetic dichotomy among conception and perform, the jobs of instructor and researcher are as a substitute visible in a dialectic courting (indicated via the emblem "|" in instructor | researcher) within which each one informs and mediates the opposite within the means of revising and producing new wisdom that's of profit to these being researched. as well as delivering a theoretical starting place for real inquiry, Being a instructor | Researcher offers a close framework with rules and methods that educators can follow in exploring educating and studying in either formal and casual settings. It offers concrete examples of the way to exploit genuine inquiry as a foundation for participating with others to enhance the standard of training and studying whereas cogenerating new idea and linked practices that bridge what has been defined as a theory-practice divide. integrated during this ebook are the best way to plan and perform real inquiry reports, making a choice on applicable methodologies, equipment of knowledge assortment and research, negotiating examine with human individuals, utilizing authenticity standards and features, and addressing demanding situations and conflicts for instructor | researchers. As a primer, this publication serves the wishes of many alternative populations together with potential and training academics, instructor educators, starting researchers and professional researchers who're making adjustments to what and the way they learn.

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This primer is meant to be read and used heuristically—that is, different chapters will emerge more useful and germane depending on the reader’s interests, intent, and needs. Their meanings, too, will be different for different teacher | researchers—and as the teacher | researcher changes, these meanings too will change. 10 Chapter 2 Sociocultural Theory and Teaching and Learning … human essence is no abstraction inherent in each single individual. In its reality is the ensemble of social relations.

The latter is but an everyday phenomenon when we are dealing with teaching a classroom full of students who are similar, yet not, to us and to each other. Such inquiry into a question or an event may last a lifetime, or it may take no longer than a quick reflection on some event in a classroom. As teacher | researchers, we have the unique opportunity to look deeper, beyond the seemingly neutral 21 Chapter 2 treatment of knowledge, and to explore its often hidden biases and implications in teaching, learning, for our students and ourselves.

The connection between the research and the researcher is dialectical and cannot be separated. Thus, interpretations are evolving processes, relational, and reflexive, not just because they happen while the research is going on, but also because their meanings are embedded in, as well as mediated by, the research. In traditional positivistic studies, research is done to answer a priori questions. By being so structured and predetermined, positivistic research often misses what may be important to the participants, what may emerge outside the narrow scope of the research questions, or any conflicts or contradictions that may arise.

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