Research and reflective practice in the EFL classroom: Voices from Armenia

Andrzej Cirocki
Univeristy of York
Raichle Farrelly
Saint Michael’s College
Keywords: Classroom research, professional development, reflection, reflective practice, teacher researcher


A sociocultural perspective of teacher development honours the rich knowledge base that teachers work from as they strive to connect theory (“expert” knowledge) to practice (“experiential” knowledge). The present paper explores classroom research and reflective practice as forms of teacher-led inquiry for the EFL context. In particular, this study explores the extent to which Armenian EFL teachers engage in classroom research, the challenges they face therein, and whether or not they consider themselves to be reflective practitioners. The findings are presented against the backdrop of the Armenian context with recommendations for cultivating teacher-led inquiry to promote teacher development in a range of EFL settings.