I am about to finish my data collection process and the question arises: Is the data collected enough to answer my research questions?
I guess if I want to answer that I have to start from the beginning: my research question. How do pre-service teachers of English learn how to teach in the Chilean context? to answer that I designed my research study which included interviews to pre-service teachers, teacher educators, and teacher mentors, observation to pre-service teachers at schools and focus group discussions. I haven´t finished the observations yet and I haven´t done the focus group discussions. Hopefully I’ll finish with that in the coming weeks. Anyway, is the data I already have enough to answer all all these?
- Who is engaged in the activity of learning how to teach English?
- What is the object and outcome of the activity? “From a dialectical perspective, any learning activity is realized within multiple interconnected societal activities. In this vein, the object of activity (i.e. the purpose of learning) turns to become a “collectively meaningful object… [which is] jointly constructed” (Engestr0m, 2001, pp. 136), rather than a primarily mental state of the individual. (Barak 2011)
- What tools do pre-service teachers use to learn how to teach English?
- What rules affect the way pre-service teachers get engaged in the activity?
- How does the division of labour influence the way pre-service teachers engage in the activity?
- How does the tools’ use affect the way the community get engaged in the activity?
- What rules affect the way the community get engaged in the activity?
- How does division of labour affect the way the community get engaged into the activity?