From Knowledge Sharing to Reflective Thinking: Using Focus Group to Promote EFL Teachers’ Reflectivity

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Abstract

Educational research literature has underscored the key role of collaboration and interaction among teachers. As such, the present study, as its main objective, sought whether knowledge sharing in a reflective focus group improved English as a foreign language (EFL) student teachers’ reflective practice. In addition, it explored the benefits and challenges to knowledge sharing in a reflective focus group. To this end, a survey of reflective practice, and a semi-structured interview were employed to investigate research questions. Eleven Iranian Master of Arts (MA) students who were, at the same time, EFL teachers in languages schools served as the participants of the study. The results indicated that the focus group platform could enable EFL teachers to improve their reflective practice through interaction with colleagues. Among other factors, receiving constructive feedback, and recognizing the possible relationship between theory and practice were the benefits of knowledge sharing through reflective practice. Regarding the barriers to using reflective focus group, various inhibitors were reported by the participants that can be classified into personal, institutional, and educational factors. The implications of the study are also presented.

Keywords: EFL teachers; Knowledge sharing; Reflective focus group; Reflective practice; Semi-structured interview.


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APA

Farahian, M. & Parhamnia, F (2021). From Knowledge Sharing to Reflective Thinking: Using Focus Group to Promote EFL Teachers’ Reflectivity. Afribary. Retrieved from https://afribary.com/works/from-knowledge-sharing-to-reflective-thinking-using-focus-group-to-promote-efl-teachers-reflectivity

MLA 8th

Farahian, Majid, and Farshad Parhamnia "From Knowledge Sharing to Reflective Thinking: Using Focus Group to Promote EFL Teachers’ Reflectivity" Afribary. Afribary, 23 Jun. 2021, https://afribary.com/works/from-knowledge-sharing-to-reflective-thinking-using-focus-group-to-promote-efl-teachers-reflectivity. Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

MLA7

Farahian, Majid, and Farshad Parhamnia . "From Knowledge Sharing to Reflective Thinking: Using Focus Group to Promote EFL Teachers’ Reflectivity". Afribary, Afribary, 23 Jun. 2021. Web. 28 Oct. 2021. < https://afribary.com/works/from-knowledge-sharing-to-reflective-thinking-using-focus-group-to-promote-efl-teachers-reflectivity >.

Chicago

Farahian, Majid and Parhamnia, Farshad . "From Knowledge Sharing to Reflective Thinking: Using Focus Group to Promote EFL Teachers’ Reflectivity" Afribary (2021). Accessed October 28, 2021. https://afribary.com/works/from-knowledge-sharing-to-reflective-thinking-using-focus-group-to-promote-efl-teachers-reflectivity