Research groups

MIKER

The MIKER Group was created in 2006 under the direction of Dr. Matilde Sainz Osinaga. Within a framework of collaboration between University and School, the group focuses its research on a) the initial and continuous training of teachers based on an analysis of their teaching activity; and b) the teaching and learning of languages and literature in a multilingual education that includes a minority language. In this way, the group aims to generate knowledge in order for professionals in education to foster a quality multilingual education. 

Within this framework of researched training, the purpose of the MIKER Group is to explore the study of the work of the language instructor with particular reference to its applications in L1 and L2 teaching; to identify and study practices for the teaching of the oral language, writing, comprehension, and literature; and to identify and come to understand the difficulties and challenges of each educational stage and language. With respect to the teaching and learning of languages, we propose a sufficiently broad vision that unites various aspects of didactics of language at different levels of teaching and with reference to different curricular languages, even as the group adopts a socio-discursive paradigm of language (Bronckart, 1985, 1997, among others) both at the epistemological level and at the methodological level through discourse analysis.

In the area of teacher training (initial and continuous), we place ourselves in the context of the new training environments, activity analysis, and video training. The methods that we suggest have the goal of capturing activity on video and providing adequate space for its analysis by the actor-instructor through confrontation methods (simple, crossed, and team). The experience of the actor and his or her verbalization define a space of emergence and development of the activity and its meanings. This framework has its roots in French ergonomics (Durand, 2008; Clot, 1999), which is interested in professional activity with the objective of transforming it (Yvon, 2010).