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20210820T0830 20210820T1200 Europe/Amsterdam S116 | Practitioner Research and classroom dynamics: emic insights through a small lens

Ushioda's 'small lens' approach to researching classroom phenomena was originally intended to focus on motivation with a 'more sharply focused or contextualised angle of inquiry' (2016: 566). This can be achieved by utilising various established and emerging practitioner-based research methodologies which utilise a methodical and evidence-based design in order to gain emic insights into the language learning classroom. In this symposium, researchers will utilise a small lens approach to examine a range of psychological and social factors relating to classroom dynamics focusing on both learners and teachers, such as emotions, identity, motivation, autonomy, values and beliefs. Research done by practitioning teachers is strongly advocated in the literature on complexity paradigm approaches, both within education (Davis and Sumara, 2008) and SLA (Larson-Freeman and Cameron, 2008). As the field of applied linguistics is reshaped by a tendency toward more situated and complexity-informed ways of understanding, insights from practitioner research are also gaining traction. The complex social dynamics that emerge inside specific classrooms are still rare and under-reported within applied linguistics, and this symposium aims to provide a springboard to learn from more emic perspectives from inside language learning classrooms.

Room 1 AILA 2021 aila2021@gcb.nl

Ushioda's 'small lens' approach to researching classroom phenomena was originally intended to focus on motivation with a 'more sharply focused or contextualised angle of inquiry' (2016: 566). This can be achieved by utilising various established and emerging practitioner-based research methodologies which utilise a methodical and evidence-based design in order to gain emic insights into the language learning classroom. In this symposium, researchers will utilise a small lens approach to examine a range of psychological and social factors relating to classroom dynamics focusing on both learners and teachers, such as emotions, identity, motivation, autonomy, values and beliefs. Research done by practitioning teachers is strongly advocated in the literature on complexity paradigm approaches, both within education (Davis and Sumara, 2008) and SLA (Larson-Freeman and Cameron, 2008). As the field of applied linguistics is reshaped by a tendency toward more situated and complexity-informed ways of understanding, insights from practitioner research are also gaining traction. The complex social dynamics that emerge inside specific classrooms are still rare and under-reported within applied linguistics, and this symposium aims to provide a springboard to learn from more emic perspectives from inside language learning classrooms.

Complexity, L2 Learner Psychology, and Practitioner ResearchView Abstract Watch Recording
Featured 08:30 AM - 12:00 Noon (Europe/Amsterdam) 2021/08/20 06:30:00 UTC - 2022/08/20 10:00:00 UTC

This presentation will act as an introduction to what a complexity approach can offer practitioner researchers in investigating the psychologies of second language learners. Through 'complexity thinking' tasks and consideration of a range of introspective and audio data, the session will scaffold participants to think about the L2 learners in their classrooms and research contexts from new angles.

Presenters Richard Sampson
Rikkyo University
Reflective practitioner research on social language learning in an autonomous learning settingView Abstract Watch Recording
Standard 08:30 AM - 12:00 Noon (Europe/Amsterdam) 2021/08/20 06:30:00 UTC - 2022/08/20 10:00:00 UTC

This paper examines social learning in the context of a university English course based on the principles of learner autonomy. This is achieved through a research approach to practice, employing ideas from autoethnography (Choi, 2017), Exploratory Practice (Allwright & Hanks, 2009) and reflective practice (Moon, 2005).

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Fergal Bradley
University Of Helsinki
Understanding Motivation through Ecological ResearchView Abstract Watch Recording
Standard 08:30 AM - 12:00 Noon (Europe/Amsterdam) 2021/08/20 06:30:00 UTC - 2022/08/20 10:00:00 UTC

Researching complex and dynamic constructs such as motivation can be challenging. However, approaching this inquiry from a practitioner perspective may offer a multitude of opportunities. I will relate my experience as a teacher-researcher who investigated motivation during and English for Academic Purposes programme by using Exploratory Practice.

Presenters Sal Consoli
Hong Kong Polytechnic University
The Same Peak from Different Routes: illuminating L2 Teacher Motivation via TEA, CDST, and ATView Abstract Watch Recording
Standard 08:30 AM - 12:00 Noon (Europe/Amsterdam) 2021/08/20 06:30:00 UTC - 2022/08/20 10:00:00 UTC

This presentation addresses the interpretational strengths of three phenomenological theories (AT, CDST, TEA) for illuminating data collected during a teacher motivation study at a high school EFL classroom in Beijing. By focusing on mediation (AT), system changes (CDST), and bifurcation points (TEA), researchers can excavate information from various angles.

Presenters Yuzo Kimura
University Of Toyama
Reflecting on the potential of stimulated recall in emotion researchView Abstract Watch Recording
Standard 08:30 AM - 12:00 Noon (Europe/Amsterdam) 2021/08/20 06:30:00 UTC - 2022/08/20 10:00:00 UTC

Research into the regulation and performance of teacher emotions is frequently conducted through interviews and surveys; however, less commonly employed is the stimulated recall methodology, through which participants are observed teaching and asked to reflect on their thought processes during classroom events. With examples from a recent 'small lens' study, the researcher will demonstrate how stimulated recall reveals deep insights into the complexity of classroom emotional behaviours and advocates for increased use of this methodology.

Presenters Sam Morris
Rikkyo University
Exploring teacher cognition as a complex system: Voices from teachers in a self-directed learning unit in JapanView Abstract Watch Recording
Standard 08:30 AM - 12:00 Noon (Europe/Amsterdam) 2021/08/20 06:30:00 UTC - 2022/08/20 10:00:00 UTC

Teacher cognition influences, and is influenced by, the emergent dynamics of language classrooms. Drawing on qualitative data, this study investigates the interactions between teacher cognition and lived teaching experiences, while highlighting examples of co-adaptation between learners, teachers, and resources in a self-directed language learning unit in Japan.

Presenters Jon Rowberry
Sojo University
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Erhan Aslan
University Of Reading
L2 Pronunciation Anxiety under Peer and Societal Pressure: Social Processes in ContextsView Abstract Watch Recording
Focused 08:30 AM - 12:00 Noon (Europe/Amsterdam) 2021/08/20 06:30:00 UTC - 2022/08/20 10:00:00 UTC

This study seeks to examine L2 pronunciation anxiety as a social process and promote a focus on individual learners situated in co-existing, layered social contexts. Both interpersonal and societal settings impose constraints on speakers’ self-presentational concerns since accent serves as a way of establishing, demonstrating, and judging their social identities.

Presenters Harumi Kimura
Miyagi Gakuin Women's University
Preparing students to 'talk to learn' in a flipped classroomView Abstract Watch Recording
Focused 08:30 AM - 12:00 Noon (Europe/Amsterdam) 2021/08/20 06:30:00 UTC - 2022/08/20 10:00:00 UTC

This action research stemmed from my teaching context where the flipped classroom has been gaining wider currency without taking cognizance of students’ readiness for the idea of ‘talk to learn’. A pedagogical intervention on academic conversation/discussion skills was implemented to help students accustom to the practice of learning through discussion.

Presenters Kuei-Ju Tsai
Associate Professor, National University Of Kaohsiung
Rikkyo University
University of Helsinki
Hong Kong Polytechnic University
University of Toyama
Rikkyo University
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 Richard Pinner
Symposium Organiser (S116)
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Sophia University
Prof. Rick De Graaff
Mentor ; coordinator of symposium S084
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Utrecht University | UAS Utrecht
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