The Teacher Research Programme was first launched in 2014 with the aim of supporting the development of teachers around the world by encouraging them to investigate aspects of their own teaching and to share their learnings.
The 2014 theme was ‘Digital Pedagogy’ and applications were received from 36 countries around the world – from Algeria to Uzbekistan, from Cuba to Saudi Arabia. Five teachers were selected to receive support and guidance in pursuing their projects, one of whom would go on to receive further support and who presented his research at the annual IATEFL Conference in Manchester, UK in April 2015.
This teacher, José Maria López Lago, investigated “the impact of the flipped classroom on student motivation”. He shared his thoughts with us on why he felt participating in the Teacher Research programme was so worthwhile:
Participating in the CUP Teacher Research Programme has been a thrilling and rewarding experience for us Language Center teachers at Universidad Europea de Madrid. By getting involved in action research with the support of CUP, we’ve collaborated more on classroom materials and created a space within the department to reflect on our teaching and share best practices, all of which has been extremely useful in our day to day. For these reasons and more, we strongly encourage you to apply!
Read the report of José's findings (pdf).
Teacher Research Programme 2014: other finalists
You can read about the other finalists in the 2014 programme and download their research reports below.
"Creating virtual classrooms (using Google Hangouts) for improving language competency"
Marcin Lewandowski (UK: Action Acton)
- Marcin investigated the efficacy of synchronous online teaching in a lifelong learning context, where the participants were third country national women. Meeting up in a virtual classroom environment (Google Hangouts) afforded learners an opportunity to practise English and learn new language outside of class.
- Download Marcin's research report (pdf).
- Marcin also wrote about his involvement in the Teacher Research Programme on the Cambridge ELT blog. Read what he had to say.
"Can my students use Google Docs to develop their lab and design reports?"
Olga Pavlenko (Ukraine: National Technical University of Ukraine)
- Olga investigated the use of online collaborative writing tools to develop writing skills in an ESAP context (English for Specific Academic Purposes). University students of electronic engineering used Google Docs to develop their lab and design reports.
- Download Olga's research report (pdf).
"Using technology in the classroom"
Marjorie Hernandez (Peru: Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas)
- Marjorie investigated the use of a variety of technological tools, such as tablets, e-portfolios, blogs and videos, and discussed the impacts these had on student motivation and learning.
- Download Marjorie's research report (pdf).