I was very pleased to present a paper at the recent Collaborative Action Research Conference on Action Research Communities for Language Teachers (a project funded by the European Centre for Modern Languages) with my colleague, Christine Lechner from the Pädagogische Hochschule Tirol. The conference, Reflecting on Action Research in an unequal world: alternative perspectives on democracy was held at the University of Crete in Rethmyno https://carnreth2017.wixsite.com/carn. The conference was inspiring with so many examples of teacher action research in classrooms across Europe. The wonderful Cretan hospitality and beautiful setting contributed to a wonderful few days.
I am a partner in Action Research Communities for language teachers, a project funded by the European Centre for Modern Languages.
The project aims to make techniques for action research widely available to language teachers across Europe by establishing a community of practice which brings together newly qualified and experienced teachers with teacher educators and university researchers. The project will strengthen professional language teaching networks by forging links between academic expertise on action research and good practice in language classrooms. Language teachers will be able to benefit from improved access to action research and to a diverse range of perspectives on teaching methodologies. In addition, this project will provide opportunities for language teachers to reflect on practice and to propose and test innovations while working collaboratively within a community of practice.
More information on the project can be found on the ECML website: www.ecml.at/actionresearch