The role of research in interpreter education

Franz Poechhacker

Abstract


This paper discusses the role of research in interpreter education from a curricular and methodological point of view, suggesting some types of research that can benefit instructional practices, and considering who might be conducting such research, on what sort of topics, and how. With reference to a number of recent examples, the methodological challenges involved in tackling major curricular or didactic questions on the basis of controlled experimental designs are highlighted, and fieldwork in the classroom setting, often on the basis of case studies drawing on a range of predominantly qualitative data, is presented as a viable alternative that seems well suited to participatory research done in collaboration between teachers and students.


Keywords


teaching practices, assessment, classroom setting, research design, qualitative research, action research

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