‘Policy-Actor Research’ IN, ON and FOR Language Classrooms

By Lynne Li.

Published by The Global Studies Journal

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Article: Print $US10.00
Published online: May 6, 2015 $US5.00

This paper addresses the question: How might language educators and researchers work with policy makers in order to effect educational changes through active engagement in education research in the contemporary knowledge economy? Primarily situated in the context of Australia, this article provides a preliminary exploration of the possibilities presented by ‘Policy-Actor Research’, an approach to generating and spreading multilingual and multicultural knowledge IN, ON and FOR classrooms. This approach also engages in the review and production of multiple sources of qualitative and quantitative research evidence, whether it may be historical, sociological, pedagogical, political, economic, or lingistic. Central to this transformative teaching and research approach is firstly, its challenge to the traditional way of thinking of what ‘policy-makers’ should be; and secondly, its production and advocating of evidence that actively elaborates role transformations for language educators from being just language teachers to teacher-researchers and pro-active ‘policy actors’. The expected outcomes would be: (1) to make effect the policy-making processes in language education through active engagement in education research, and (2) to contribute to an attempt that builds sustainable and global language policies in this globalised knowledge society in the long run.

Keywords: Policy-Actor Research, Multilingual Knowledge, Multicultural Knowledge, Language Education

The Global Studies Journal, Volume 8, Issue 3, September 2015, pp.70-78. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: May 6, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 520.929KB)).

Dr. Lynne Li

Coordinator of Chinese Language (HE) Lecturer in Language Studies, School of Global Studies, Social Sciences and Planning, RMIT University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


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