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Teacher trainees as researchers
Teacher trainees as researchers

Author(s): Irina Nikolova Ivanova
Subject(s): Foreign languages learning
Published by: Шуменски университет »Епископ Константин Преславски«
Keywords: research; trainee teachers; research designs

Summary/Abstract: Teacher training and development have always been informed and motivated by research findings which affect the content of preservice teacher training and provide a major source of innovation and insights into learning and teaching processes. That is why teacher trainees are involved in learning activities closely linked with research. These activities promote an active approach to teaching and enhance its quality by bridging the gap between pre- and in-service teacher training. The article discusses and gives examples of two types of research-related activities carried out by teacher trainees. The first type of activities are concerned with implementing and testing the practical relevance of research-based ideas introduced in the pre-service training course; and the second - with doing small-scale trainee- initiated action research. The article summarises the main outcomes of trainees' research activities and draws conclusions about their effectiveness. These findings will help teacher trainers have a better idea of the potential of trainees as researchers and the assistance they need in their professional development.