“I Suppose I Am Now a More Creative Teacher”: An EFL Teacher’s Journey into Creativity within Constraints

Document Type : Research Paper

Authors

1 Assistant Professor, Department of English Language and Literature, Faculty of Literature, Alzahra University, Tehran, Iran.

2 MA in TEFL, Department of English Language and Literature, Faculty of Literature, Alzahra University, Tehran, Iran

3 Assistant Professor, Department of English Language and Literature, Faculty of Literature, Alzahra University, Tehran, Iran

Abstract

Considering the paucity of self-studies exploring English as Foreign Language (EFL) teachers' journeys into becoming a creative teacher, in this qualitative action research, a mainstream Iranian teacher-researcher narrates the changes and challenges she observed while planning her creative classroom practices, implementing, and reflecting on them. While she experienced changes like going beyond the textbook, becoming a caring observer, and becoming a moment catcher, she faced constraining challenges like overcoming inner fears, showing (non)-compliance with institutional rules, and coping with situations when things did not turn out as expected. Such an insider view of teacher creativity reiterates that creativity needs to be considered not just as a set of techniques and procedures to be mastered but as an ongoing passion for renovation which should be cultivated over time despite existing constraints.

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Article Title [فارسی]

تصور میکنم معلم خلاق تری شده ام: سفر یک معلم زبان انگلیسی به عنوان زبان خارجی به خلاقیت همراه با محدودیت

Authors [فارسی]

  • سیده فهیمه پارسائیان 1
  • سیده فهیمه محمدی 2
  • لیلا تاجیک 3
1 استادیار دپارتمان زبان و ادبیات انگلیسی، دانشکده ادبیات، دانشگاه الزهرا (س) ، تهران، ایران.
2 دانشجوی ارشد، دپارتمان زبان و ادبیات انگلیسی، دانشکده ادبیات، دانشگاه الزهراء (س)، تهران، ایران.
3 استادیار دپارتمان زبان و ادبیات انگلیسی، دانشکده ادبیات، دانشگاه الزهرا (س) ، تهران، ایران.
Abstract [فارسی]

نظر به کمبود پژوهش هایی که در آن معلمان زبان انگلیسی به عنوان زبان خارجی به بررسی و نقل فرایند رشد و پرورش خلاقیت در خود می پردازند، در این پژوهش کیفی یک معلم زبان به نقل تحولات و چالش هایی که خود در مسیر طراحی برنامه های خلاقانه، اجرای آن و بررسی بازخورد آن ها مواجه گردیده است می پردازد. در این تجربه زیسته او تحولاتی همچون فرا رفتن از کتاب درسی معین شده، نمایش دلسوزی و استفاده بهینه از لحظات تدریس را تجربه نمود و به همان سان با محدودیت هایی همچون غلبه بر ترس های درونی، تبعیت از قوانین معین شده آموزشگاهی و بروز شرایط پیش بینی نشده مواجه شد. این خود-پژوهشی نشان می دهد که خلاقیت تنها فراگیری تعدادی تکنیک و مهارت نیست بلکه شور و شوقی دائمی برای خلق و بازسازی است که در طی زمان و با وجود محدودیت ها می بایست پرورش یابد.

Keywords [فارسی]

  • خلاقیت
  • محدودیت
  • تحول
  • چالش
  • معلم زبان انگلیسی به عنوان زبان خارجی
  • روایت
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