(Series 1: Teaching as A Research-Engaged Profession)
UINSA Newsroom, Selasa (06/04/2021); Starting the new series of Guru: the Researching Teachers as a form of collaborative community-engaged program, English Language Education Department, Central Library, Center for Literacy Studies and Community of the English Department Alumni (CEDA) conducted an online seminar discussing the topic of Teaching as a Research-Engaged Profession. Education is not a stand alone entity. It is part of the bigger picture of human life and research is an inseparable part of education. Hence, the idea of integrating research in teaching and vice versa is deemed to be important.
Conducted through Zoom, the seminar, which was led by Afida Safriani, Ph. D, had two prominent professors and researchers from the university: Prof. Akh. Muzakki, M. Phil., Grad. Dip. SEA the Editor in Chief of Journal of Indonesian Islam (JIIS) and Dr. Phil. Khoirun Niam, the Head of the Research Center and the Executive Editor of JIIS.
Prof. Muzakki presented that to improve teaching and learning, a teacher should have research as an inherent part of the teaching. However, very often the research conducted by the teachers is stuck in the area of teaching strategies and teachers find problems to proceed to publishing their research. Meanwhile there are many other topics that can be explored such as humor in language classrooms (Dell and Pomeratz, 2015) and creativity in the classroom (Starco, 2000). To approach this problem, Prof. Muzakki further stated, the teachers have to do reflective practice and do research, to be critical in their teaching practices in order to have critical approach to explore his or her own teaching context. In order to have good teaching and research management, the teacher can do the four steps of plan, do, check, act both in their teaching and researching while teaching. Teachers can also use various classroom teaching and learning resources and activities as well as classroom language resources such as group chat and Google meeting recording as the source of data. Hence, it is very possible for the teacher to do teaching and researching at the same time. To further polish the research data into publication, teachers need to have theoretical enrichment.
In corroboration to what has been presented by Prof. Muzakki, Dr. Phil. Khoirun Niam confirmed that a teacher is actually a scientist; hence, a teacher is also a researcher. Research by teachers is aimed to improve the quality of education, improve the quality of teaching and learning process, develop the teachers’ skills by considering the problems faced in the teaching and learning and result of need analysis and develop the culture of researching through built-in self-correcting mechanisms in order to develop teacher’s professionalism. As far as research framework in education is concerned, Dr. Niam explained, three research designs of experimental, research and development and classroom action research are the most suitable ones. The experimental design is an inherent part of research and development and the classroom action research can use the result of research and development as a solution for classroom-based problem solving.
The participants who were from various backgrounds of lecturers, teachers and education students coming from different schools and regions in Indonesia were very curious with the topic of the presentation and discussion. This sparked a very lively discussion on how to present the newness and signify the topic as well as how to develop an interesting and publishable article from the research. The two prominent professors confirm that extensive reading, self-reflecting autonomy and intellectual exercises through discussion and academic forums will sharpen our ability to compare and contrast existing studies with our research interest. Hence, we can find gaps and bring a specific issue while at the same time still circulating within the ongoing discourses within our community of the discipline. (FTK/UINSA)