This panel discussion with Chris Farrell, David Petrie, Peter Clements and Sarah Smith explores the theme of action research.

Date: 5 October 2016

Link to the recording:

Taking place over 60 minutes, this discussion will see presentations from Chris Farrell, David Petrie, Peter Clements and Sarah Smith and will lead into a participant-led discussion around the issues raised in the talks.

Chris Farrell - Action research: what, why, and how?
This talk will give an overview of the theoretical background to Action Research and some examples of successful practical application.

David Petrie - Using action research for personal professional development
This session will examine some of the ways in which action research can benefit us as teachers, helping us to move away from assumption and intuition and towards a disciplined inquiry that seeks to help us improve or change our professional practice.
Peter Clements and Sarah Smith - Creating a teacher-led professional development group
We will share our own experience of setting up a teacher-led development group. We will talk about how we motivated teachers to get involved, why we think it has succeeded, and we’ll offer some practical tips for teachers who wish to start their own groups.
About the speakers:

David Petrie is a teacher, teacher trainer and writer based in Coimbra, Portugal. His professional interests are in action research projects, teaching exam classes and using technology in teaching, which he writes about on his blog, teflgeek. More recently he has written an online teacher training course on action research which he also tutors on.

Pete Clements has taught in South Korea, Hungary, Spain, Vietnam and Thailand. He currently works in Bangkok for the British Council. He has a Trinity DipTESOL and an MSc in Reading, Language and Cognition. His interests include mentoring teachers and data-based teacher development. He is a regular contributor to industry magazines, and blogs at

Sarah Smith has recently taught in Senegal, Japan, Ecuador, the UK, Turkey and is currently working for British Council in Bangkok. She has recently completed her DELTA local tutor training and is looking forward to getting started. She is interested in teacher training, experimenting with new approaches to teaching pronunciation and materials writing. She is a new contributor to Peter Clement’s blog

Chris Farrell is Head of Teacher Development for the Centre of English Studies group, encompassing seven centres in Ireland and the UK. He holds an MA and a Cambridge Delta and he regularly speaks at International conferences on Teacher Development, Action Research, and the creation of individual Teacher Pathways.

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