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Between Two Worlds?: Research Engagement Dilemmas of University English Language Teachers in Vietnam
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of language studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1001-6156
2021 (English)In: RELC Journal A Journal of Language Teaching and Research in Southeast Asia, ISSN 0033-6882, E-ISSN 1745-526X, Vol. 52, no 3, p. 574-587Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

If enhancing the connection between teaching and research has been highlighted in the general English language teaching profession, does English teaching at university – the ivory tower characterized by research – face the same issue? And how might this affect how the profession is perceived? This study provides an in-depth examination of how university English language teaching (ELT) teachers conceptualize research and their doing research, and discusses the issue in connection with the notion of profession. The study uses teacher cognition semi-structured interviewing with faculty members teaching English at a university in Vietnam. The results show ELT faculty construct different versions of research to rationalize their attitudes, self-awareness, and practices: research as irrelevant impositions, research as desirable but unfeasible goals, and research as practical, inner calls. Revealing this group's dilemmas between two worlds – practitioners and academics, external pressures and internal values, visions and realities, – the study argues that to increase research engagement, practical support is needed, but a reconceptualization of research is also an important factor. Also, understanding and realizing the teaching-research nexus in ELT hold implications for the profession's status and the professional’s identity and autonomy.

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Sage Publications, 2021. Vol. 52, no 3, p. 574-587
Keywords [en]
University English teachers, research engagement, profession, identity, teacher development, Vietnam
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General Language Studies and Linguistics Pedagogical Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-168041DOI: 10.1177/0033688219884782ISI: 000513331300001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85079366583OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-168041DiVA, id: diva2:1392943
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Article first published online: February 12, 2020

Available from: 2020-02-14 Created: 2020-02-14 Last updated: 2021-12-10Bibliographically approved

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