Uma pesquisa colaborativa com duas professoras universitárias de inglês : entraves e mudanças

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Universidade Federal de Goiás


The purpose of this study was to develop a collaborative research with the two teachers of English one of them being the researcher herself of a public university in the state of Goiás aiming at their professional development by means of reflective sessions about theoretical texts and about their own practices. This professional development, needless to say, is of great importance once the university is responsible for the education of the teachers that work in the city and in the neighboring towns. Nevertheless, this is a collaborative study that, differently from the majority, focuses on its difficulties as from the very beginning it was detected impediments to the collaboration between the participants and difficulties in promoting changes in the practical and theoretical conceptions of the participant teacher. Thus, as soon as these difficulties in terms of collaboration were identified, this work was restructured and its main objective became the analysis of the difficulties in the collaborative research by means of the following objectives: a) analyze the professional identity of the participant; b) analyze the professional identity of the researcher and the relationship established between the participant and the researcher; and c) examine the consequences of the reflective sessions in terms of change in the teaching practice. As theoretical background, three pillars of scientific knowledge gave support to the present research: a) studies of identity according to the cultural theory, and also the concept of identity according to the perspective of applied linguistics; b) the hierarchical relationship between the scientific knowledge and the practical knowledge of the teacher; c) Reflective teaching and the process of teacher change. The analysis of the data evidenced that the profile of the participant teacher as well as the profile of the researcher and the relationship established between them were aspects that inhibited the collaboration between both participants. The lack of collaboration between them, in turn, had as a consequence the failure in the promotion of changes and professional development of the participant teacher. As a result, this study demonstrates that collaboration in investigation contexts where there is clear asymmetry regarding authority and/or to official knowledge represents a difficult challenge to surpass. Besides that, the difficulty in collaboration can, in many cases, undermine the main objective of the reflective approach, which is the promotion of professional development and emancipatory pedagogical practice.



PAULA, Luciane Guimarães de. Collaborative research with two teachers university students in English: problems and changes. 2010. 173 f. Tese (Doutorado em Linguistica, Letras e Artes) - Universidade Federal de Goiás, Goiânia, 2010.