I want to start with a huge thanks for taking time to give me a comprehensive feedback on the paper. I found it very helpful. Your feedback made me happy, as doing this research was quite challenging for a lot of reasons (personal and academic) and the whole duration of my EdD, I was often assailed by questions and doubts that if others would see any value in the kind of research I was pursuing. So your feedback provided both a strong validation and incentive to continue what I have always been passionate about.
Regarding making the validation processes more explicit in the paper I have two observations.
Firstly, on adding more data on the Action research project: I feel that the focus of my paper was to discover the living ‘I’, my embodied values which remained implicit and largely ignored while conducting my research project and create an account of my Living-Educational-Theory. Given the depth and length of the AR project, and the limited scope of the paper (it’s 12,000 words already!), even describing it briefly and adding more data would entail chopping off substantial part of the current content, which in my opinion, would detract from the focus and cohesion of the paper.
Secondly, regarding making my living-educational theory explicit in the paper: I guess that the entire exercise of writing the present paper was to understand and articulate my tacit values and make it explicit. Thus even though my educational journey and research have been motivated by the negation of my values which I was not aware of until now, trying to create an explanation for my Living educational theory has brought these values to the fore and shown me its influence in shaping my practice and identity. To be honest, I have not yet had the opportunity to apply my values explicitly in actual practice and research, since I have only become aware of them in the course of writing the EJOLTS paper. I have made suggestions to the Bangladesh government based on these values which form my explanatory principles and living standards of judgement. I plan to follow these recommendations in the future. As such, the bulk of my paper is primarily focussed on the process of making these implicit values explicit. However, to clarify my position, I have added a few sentences in the conclusion.
I agree with you that it would have been great if I could add more data. In fact, my previous few drafts were quite data heavy. Since I was trying to write a paper from my thesis which had multiple strands, I was having difficulty to maintain a single focus, Marie in her immense patience and kind guidance steered me to the current direction following many drafts, discussions and encouragements. I do plan to write another paper using my data (I am still reeling from the intense process of writing the current one and need some recovery time). If you are still interested I will send you a copy. On that note could you suggest some journals for publications on teacher research?
To answer your queries, I have not sent this to the central government of Dhaka. Right after my viva, Professor Whitehead very kindly sent an email to the Educational Ministry and other relevant departments citing how this research could enhance ELT and teacher research in Bangladesh and to contact us if they were interested. I haven’t heard from anyone and I doubt Professor Whitehead has either. I plan to visit Bangladesh and start a bigger project at my university involving more teachers and make it a collaborative project, since I am based in the UK. If we can generate interest which I believe we will, we can then approach the government and other relevant bodies. But these are long term plans and given the current world situation I guess we will have to wait to materialize this.
So, that’s all from me. Wish you success with your project and I will be really interested to read about it when you publish and if you kindly send me the link. Take care and thanks for your support and comments.