Research Mobilization in TESL Learning Communities: Benefits, Challenges, Supports, and Procedures
To enhance English as a second language (ESL) instructors’ understanding and utilization of peer-reviewed research for professional learning and development, we facilitated the establishment of and supported professional reading groups in nine adult ESL programs. We examined the benefits and challenges experienced by the 76 participants over five years, through focus group interviews, audio-taped group discussions, and monthly questionnaires. Analyses revealed that, despite the challenges reported, reading group involvement promoted reflection, confirmed current professional practices, fostered learning, impacted practice, emphasized the importance of professional development, and encouraged networking. Strategies for establishing and maintaining effective professional reading groups in ESL programs are provided.
Key words: Professional Learning and Development; Professional Reading Groups; Research Utilization; Adult English as a Second Language (ESL) Education; Communities of Practice; TESL
Pour augmenter, chez les enseignants d’anglais langue seconde (AL2), la compréhension et l’utilisation de la recherche examinée par des pairs dans le cadre de l’apprentissage et de la formation professionnels, nous avons facilité la création de groupes professionnels de lecture et appuyé leur emploi au sein de neuf programmes d’ALS pour adultes. Par des entrevues avec des groupes de réflexion, des discussions de groupe enregistrées et des questionnaires mensuels, nous avons étudié les avantages et les défis vécus par les 76 participants au cours de cinq ans. Les analyses ont démontré que malgré les défis signalés, la participation au groupe de lecture a favorisé la réflexion, confirmé les pratiques professionnelles actuelles, encouragé l’apprentissage, influencé la pratique, souligné l’importance du développement professionnel et encouragé le réseautage. Nous fournissons des stratégies pour l’établissement et le maintien de groupes professionnels de lecture efficaces au sein des programmes d’ALS.
Mots clés : Apprentissage et développement professionnels; groupes professionnels de lecture; utilisation de la recherche; anglais langue seconde (ALS) pour adultes; communautés de pratique; TESL
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