Teachers working with children as co-researchers

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  • India: Teachers working with children as co-researchers (ELTRP award British Council 2015)

    Annamaria Pinter (with Rama Mathew and Richard Smith)

    LLTA Talk: 9 March 2016

  • Research on, about, with and by children On

    Children are passive;

    Unknowing objects;

    Interest in large numbers, trends and averages

    Everything is adult-motivated;

    AboutThere is interest in the individual learners;

    Smaller groups, case studies;

    Attempt to understand children but still from an adult perspective

    With Children are partners in research

    Perspective shift: they can contribute to some or all of the stages of the research process;

    Gradually taking more responsibility

    By research conducted entirely by children;

    Types of roles

  • Children as co-investigators: from active participants to co-researchers

    Children as active participants who are aware and interested

    to contribute

    Children as active participants who have spent some

    time working alongside adults and taking responsibility

    for various aspects of the research process

    Children as fully fledged researchers taking full control of

    the process

  • The project in India

    Partner institution: University of Delhi,

    A group of 25 teachers and upwards 800 children;

    Mentors and teachers;

    A series of workshops ( February 2015, September 2015, February 2016) organised to explore the feasibility of working with children as co-researchers in classrooms;

    Facebook group community;

  • The project in India

    Data: workshop activities, interviews with teachers, mentors; presentations by teachers at workshops; reflective diaries; conference presentations, interviews with the children and products from classrooms;

    Children also attend workshops ( and a lot of outsiders);

    Layers of research activity; (teacher educators, mentors, teachers, children);

  • How does it work in practice?

    Learners make choices;

    Initiate activities;

    Suggest content;

    Attend conferences with us;

    Progress on the continuum of becoming researchers;

  • Foci for data analysis

    Childrens views about English and its role;

    Childrens views about becoming co-researchers;

    Tracking childrens development in English ( and teachers English development);

    Mentors and teachers professional development;

    The role of facilitators;

    Appropriate research ethics;

  • Some links with professional development for participating teachers

    Changing views about teaching and learning

    Appreciating the learning community

    Understanding about research and own L2 development;

    Lasting change in practice/influencing others

    The impact on the children

  • Once the project is over

    Sustainability;

    Products, joint publication plans and a writing workshop;

    Conference talks;

    The impact plan;

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