The Practice Turn: Redefining Teacher Education in the UAE

Introduction

It is recognised that the concept of action research has different meanings and connotations in different educational contexts. In the context from which we write, the Higher Colleges of Technology’s Bachelor of Education in English Language Teaching in Schools (B. Ed ELTS) in the United Arab Emirates, action research denotes small- scale, classroom-based, reflective research by novice practitioners into issues of methodology in their own teaching of English in schools. As such, it represents an important strand in the preparation of a new generation of national teachers who are committed to bringing about change in the way in which language learning and teaching is conducted in Emirati schools.

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