IATEFL Research SIG (ReSIG for short) has just published a freely downloadable book called Developing Insights into Teacher-research. The book was launched at the recent ‘Teachers Research! Istanbul 2017’ conference and consists of an introduction and twelve chapters. A unique feature of the book is that the first six chapters are about mentoring teacher-research, which is an area that hasn’t been written about very much before. The remaining six are reports of teacher-research. All of the chapters arose from poster presentations given at last year’s conference in Istanbul.
The book has been edited by Anne Burns, who’s been a speaker at all three ReSIG Teachers Research! conferences so far; Kenan Dikilitas, who’s been the main organizer; Richard Smith, former coordinator of ReSIG who’s been closely involved in organizing the conferences with Kenan, and Mark Wyatt, who’s also on the organizing committee and is the editor of the SIG’s regular publication, ELT Research.
This is the third in a series of freely downloadable books published by ReSIG out of its annual conferences (you can access each book by clicking on its title below) :
Teacher-researchers in Action, edited by Kenan Dikilitas, Richard Smith and Wayne Trotman (2015)
Teachers Engaging in Research, edited by Kenan Dikilitas, Mark Wyatt, Judith Hands and Deborah Bullock (2016)
Developing Insights into Teacher-research, edited by Anne Burns, Kenan Dikilitas, Richard Smith and Mark Wyatt (2017)
The cover design is by an Argentinian artist, Guillermina Victoria, who has very kindly allowed ReSIG to use her art for its publications.
Regarding differences between the three volumes, Mark Wyatt, one of the editors comments:
A trend in the volumes has been to move away from single-authored contributions on individual teacher-research towards more joint authored and more collaborative teacher-research, with more emphasis on and reporting of research-mentoring too.
Kenan Dikilitas, who has led in the editing of each of the volumes, comments further that he’s observed both the form of research and the style of writing become less academic in nature over the three volumes. For example, the use of questionnaires and quantitative tables has decreased or become more context-specific, while the contexts for research have become better-described, with less attempt being made to generalize findings. Chapters have also become noticeably more reflective and self-evaluative, while writers have started to use more personal language, locating themselves within their research. He also notes the way teacher-researchers say they have gained in awareness through the writing and editing process.
And what of future publications? There are plans to publish another book out of the most recent conference. Mark Wyatt comments:
For the next volume, we are thinking of having a pre-service teachers’ section that might include more visual representation (utilizing their brilliant posters) and less text (so contributions in this section closer to those in the book Teachers Research! by Deb Bullock & Richard Smith). We are still discussing this.
It’s also possible that another book will be produced which is more international in flavour, including contributions from the other Festival events, not only the Istanbul conference. Discussion is also focusing on how to internationalize the conference itself and/or bring it to a wider audience. This could occur through attracting more participants from outside Turkey to the on-site conference and virtually via the internet, and enabling presentations at the conference to be disseminated outwards, even further.