TESOL research focuses on many areas of practice including language learning, teaching, and designing programs and materials. It should be guided by and contribute to a theoretical approach to understanding and knowledge. The figures below present the information from Tables 1 and 2 from the 2014 Research Agenda in a graphic format.
shows how recent thinking in theory, learning context, and teacher agency affect the kinds of questions that researchers in the field must ask.
Click on each research domain (Individual, Community, Societal) to see example questions generated by the specific Change Drivers.
shows how the formal research questions in Figure 1 identify current practices that, if attended to closely by practitioners, would contribute much to the knowledge base that researchers and practitioners must build together. Click on each research focus domain (Individual, Community, Societal) to see examples of questions that practitioners can ask about their everyday activity.
The information in Figures 1 and 2 is available in printable table format (PDF)
. You can also download the full TESOL Research Agenda (PDF)
. If you have any questions, please contact TESOL Research