Research Essay

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rchUNIVERSIDAD SAN BUENAVENTURA LICENCIATURA EN LENGUA INGLESA RESEARCH TEACHER: MARÍA JIMENA ROJAS TEACHER OR RESEARCHER? Edward Keith Moore Sánchez “Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.” Zora Neale Hurston Our world has gone through a long journey in order to reach the state it is in currently. Despite being chaotic and unfair, we have advanced in all disciplines and fields due to the curiosity of mankind and its urge to answer questions and accumulate knowledge. Research has been with us since the beginning of times and has shaped the way we see the world. Research implies a systematic or methodic study or investigation in order to collect data on a particular subject, analyze the information obtained, and therefore be able to answer specific questions, discover or revise theories, principles, or facts, or prove a hypothesis. With no doubt, research in the educational field has been essential to improve teaching – learning processes, and for teachers to be seen and recognized as professionals in what they do. We live in a society that is changing on a daily basis. Technology, science, knowledge, and modern life have affected the way people think, learn, and communicate. As teachers, it is imperative that we be prepared to face these changes and be capable to reach our students and adapt to the new environment and circumstances. Teachers, specially today, have to become researchers in order to improve our practice and be suitable for the job. Teaching is a profession that has its own theories, methodologies and practices, which have been generated through research. Research allows the teacher to reflect upon his or her pedagogical practice and find solutions to diverse problems related to teaching-learning processes, which in the end will lead him or her to perform a better job. Without research in

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