Kenan DİKİLİTAŞ is currently assistant professor at Bahçeşehir University, Turkey and conducting research projects for language teachers and mentors. His research interests include language teacher education and applied linguistics. Publications include Developing Language Teacher Autonomy through Action Research, co-authored with C. Griffiths and published by Palgrave Macmillan, several co-edited books of teacher research published by IATEFL, and journal articles in English Language Teaching Journal, Teacher Development and Educational Action Research.
Workshop: Developing critical reflection in teacher research writing
As an emerging genre in writing, ‘teacher researcher reflective writing’ requires the ability to put research experiences into words reflectively in order that the writers can produce a communicative and critical piece of writing. Although the major aim of the reflective writing is to transfer what is attained throughout the research activity for both the researcher’s own use and intended audience, the writing process might be more demanding than ever expected owing to the challenging nature of accomplishing the conveyance of reflection. The workshop, therefore, aims to present language teachers with two major focuses: (1) integrating reflective writing moves into their discourse structure and (2) identifying the writing practices and language choices contributing to conveying idiosyncratic perspectives of teacher researchers reflectively. Some reflective writing samples will be introduced and discussed, followed by participant-driven tasks. With these aims in mind, the participants of the workshop will develop awareness as to the rhetorical demands of the critical and reflective teacher research writing.