A common misperception of
many upon hearing the word “research” is of a lofty scientist hidden away
in his/her academic ivory tower conducting complex experiments with hapless
laboratory subjects, formulating grand theories explaining life in an arcane
scientific language accessible to only a few select academicians.
This is, of course, a myth. Armed with a few basic research tools
and basic knowledge of the research paradigm, it is possible for most teachers
to conduct research in their classroom. In this presentation the
audience will be guided through the basic steps of conducting action research.
First, narrowing the research question (what you want to study), then doing
background reading, followed by creating a simple research design to investigate
the subject matter of interest, as well as the basics of data analyses,
and if time permits, reporting the results. The presentation will
conclude with an open forum to discuss possible research topics.
David D. I. Kim: presently
teaches at Kookmin University in Seoul, Korea. He received his B.Sc.
in Psychology from the University of Toronto, Canada, and his MA in Social
Psychology, from Chung Ang University, Korea. His teaching and research
interests include: cross-cultural issues in language learning, developmental
issues in first (L1) and second (L2) language learning, assessment of language
learning, and teaching methodology. His bilingual (English and Korean)
abilities and bicultural experiences provide experiential foundation in
understanding the interactive dynamics of language and culture.