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Teacher-research for Difficult Circumstances: Children as Co-researchers

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NEW: Three primary teachers talk about the impact of the project further below.

Research project: Children and teachers as co-researchers in Indian primary English classrooms (2015-16)

This project, funded by a British Council English Language Teaching Research Parternership Award involved a collaboration between Annamaria Pinter and Richard Smith of the Centre for Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick, and Professor Rama Mathew, Faculty of Education, University of Delhi. The central idea of the project was to explore with a group of primary teachers from all over India whether teacher-research with children as co-researchers would be feasible and productive.

Report of the project (open access): Annamaria Pinter, Rama Mathew and Richard Smith. 2016. Children and teachers as co-researchers in Indian primary English classrooms. London: British Council.

Handbook of activities arising from the project (open access): Annamaria Pinter and Rama Mathew. 2017. Children and teachers as co-researchers: a handbook of activities. London: British Council

Blog posts about this book and the project on the British Council's TeachingEnglish website have been among the most popular posts in 2017. The post about it on 30 November 2017, for example, reached 145,669 people and was shared 536 times.

The final workshop of the project was on 13-14 February 2016 at the Department of Education, University of Delhi.

Teachers from different parts of the country along with mentors (teachers) from Delhi shared their experience of their research work in their classrooms. There were also some young learners from Delhi participating and sharing their views on their involvement. At the workshop the next steps were planned: a book with each chapter written by inidvidual teachers, and a handbook for other teachers with practical ideas related to how to start working with children as co-researchers.

Here is a Powerpoint presentation that outlines the project and summarises some benefits relating to professional development for teachers:


For some of teachers' posters click here

Here is a video of one of the participating teachers talking about his experience of working with children as co-researchers:

In February 2018 in Mumbai at the AINET Internatinoal Conference, three teachers from the project talked about the impact of the project on them as professionals. They talk about their current practice and reflect on the links between the project and what they do today. You can listen to Esther Sahu, Sonika Gupta and Usha Malhan here:


We would like to express our deep sense of gratitude to all the teachers and their young co-researchers for their contributions:

• Abu Irfan, Kolkata

•Anirudha Rout, Balasore, Odisha

• Bhavani, P., Bangalore

• Esther Gloria Sahu, Delhi

• M. Fatima Parveen, Hyderabad

• Pavan. S.R., HD Kote, Mysore

• Pritinder Kaur, Chandigarh

• Priya Minz, Hazaribag, Jharkhand

• Rachel P. Parmar, Anand, Gujarat

• Ranjani Shankar, Delhi

• Reetika Wadhawan, Panipat, Haryana

• Sharada, M., Delhi

• Sonika Gupta, Delhi

• Sudeshna Dutta, Kolkata

• Sushma Chaturvedi, Hyderabad

• Usha Malhan, Delhi

• P. Vinayadhar Raju, Karimnagar, Telangana