A co-authored research article by Prof. Alan Floyd (Professor of Education, University of Reading) and one of his former doctoral students, Dr. Wayne Rimmer, has recently been published in Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language journal.

The article, titled ‘The Contribution of Conferences to Teachers’ Professionalism’, reports findings of a study which set out to explore the role of teaching associations (TAs) in developing EFL (English as a Foreign Language) teachers’ sense of being a professional. Through content analysis of interviews with 17 teachers who had attended face-to-face conferences, the study finds that “conferences have a valuable contribution to make to English teachers’ sense of professionalism because they offer a rich source of CPD, provide a strong sense of community and help develop their professional identity. This leads to acknowledgement of the special role which teaching associations play in conferences and advice on how, through their agency, the conference experience can be maximised”.

To read the article, click here.

This is the second publication co-authored by Prof. Floyd and Dr. Rimmer. The first can be found here.


To learn more about Prof. Floyd’s research interests, visit his research profile page here. Prof. Floyd tweets at @dr_alanfloyd.