Exploratory Practice in Language Teaching

Puzzling About Principles and Practices

  • Judith Hanks

Part of the Research and Practice in Applied Linguistics book series (RPAL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
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  3. The Historical and Conceptual Background to Researching Practice

  4. Developing Understandings from Practice

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      Pages 131-131
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  5. Understandings for Practice

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      Pages 215-215
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  6. Resources

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      Pages 317-317
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 353-384

About this book


This book tracks the development of Exploratory Practice since the early 1990s as an original form of practitioner research in the field of English language teaching. Drawing on case studies, vignettes and narratives from teachers and learners around the world as they experienced Exploratory Practice in their different contexts, Hanks examines the theoretical and philosophical underpinnings of the Exploratory Practice framework and asks what the principles really mean in practice. For language professionals considering investigating their classrooms and their teaching/learning practices rigorously and thoughtfully,  this book  breaks new ground, arguing for a fresh perspective: (exploratory) practice-as-research.

Judith Hanks is Lecturer in TESOL at the University of Leeds, UK. Her work bridges specialist areas in language teacher education, intercultural communication, TESOL and EAP. 


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Authors and affiliations

  • Judith Hanks
    • 1
  1. 1.University of LeedsLeedsUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-45711-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-45344-0
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