In her talk on action research at the iSTEK ELT Conference at Istanbul on April 27, 2013, Divya Brochier mentioned three insightful quotes which I’d like to share. Brochier’s session was on practitioner perspectives toward action research and overcoming her own apprehensions about action research and how that benefited her professional development. She begins by dispelling the notion that research is the preserve of academics and explains that “the essence of action research is that it is the right of every practitioner to be a researcher.” I particularly liked how she talks about the tendency to view action research as solely a problem-solving approach; things that go well also deserve to be studied and magnified. What Brochier said when she concluded her talk also struck a chord with me, “I believe in the potential of what’s going on in the classroom and I also think that in being & becoming actively aware, a teacher creates a space for professional growth within their own classrooms. And for me action research is one way of doing this.”
Where is the book in which we can read what teaching is. The children themselves are this book. We should not learn how to teach through any other book other than the one lying open before us and consisting of the children themselves. In order to read this book, however, we need the widest possible interest in each individual child and nothing must divert us from this.
– Rudolf Steiner
Human beings are not built in silence but in word, in work, and in action reflection. To transform the world is not the privilege of some few persons but the right of everyone. – Paulo Freire
If you want to truly understand something, try to change it. – Kurt Lewin