Beginning Qualitative Teacher Inquiry: Questions and Methods

Teachers who want to continuously improve their practice through engaging in lifelong learning have a golden opportunity in the living laboratories that are their classrooms. Whether in fulfillment of a credential requiring research, as part of a joint research project, or in response to a teacher’s own curiosity, the classroom-based inquiry project has great potential.


  • To lay out five steps that teachers should follow in designing and executing their own classroom-based inquiry project.
  • To discuss special considerations (such as permissions), advantages, and limitations to this kind of research.

Step 1: Identify a topic and question. I will briefly describe parameters for the kinds of questions that make for a reasonable scope of inquiry in classroom-based research.

Step 2: Identify the appropriate method. I will provide examples of research questions and a matrix (handout) that teachers can apply to their own topic in order to design their study.

Step 3: Design the study, including materials (observation tools, rubrics, etc.), participants, timeline, and possible products.

Step 4: Execute the study. Begin collecting data, analyzing your data, and adjusting your tools and approach as necessary.

Step 5: Share your findings, get feedback, and design your next inquiry

Who should attend?

  • ELT professionals of all levels.
  • English teachers of secondary and post-secondary classes

Day and Date

To Be Announced Later

Timings: 3:00 pm -6:00 pm

Workshop Fee:

Member’s Fee: Rs.   2200/-

Non Member’s Fee: Rs.2700/-



Limited seats on first come,                     first served basis

Inclusive of course materials, certificate, & refreshments

Become a member on the spot and avail member rates.  Institutional members – send 4 teachers at member rates.

Dr. Carolyn Layzer is a Senior Associate at Abt Associates, Inc., in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. Dr. Layzer has conducted evaluations of early learning programs and process and implementation studies of a variety of educational programs. Prior to joining Abt, Dr. Layzer taught EFL in Africa, the Americas, and East Asia.