Saturday, August 7, 2010
HBH Introducing Volk on teacher training from ARJ issue 8 (3).
In ARJ Issue 8 (3), Volk writes from the United Arab Emirates on the role of action research in teacher training. He draws attention to the centrality of reflection on action as critical to teacher training. However his research suggests a wide gap exists between what educators espouse on this matter (and practice while in supervised training) and what educators actually do in their regular practice when unsupervised. A vast majority simply give up the practice for “lack of time.” Certainly it is not just educators who don’t ‘walk the talk.’ Volk makes admirable suggestions for institutionalizing reflective practices in educators’ lives. Importantly he does not ignore the role of individual responsibility for developing and maintaining one’s own regular self reflective practice. Check out the article: http://arj.sagepub.com/.