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Current Research Projects
Kurdistan Region Iraq (KRI) Teacher Up-Take of Student-Centered and/or Flipped Classroom Approach
LINPR Research Project Summary
By Jessica Ashe
17 October 2022
1. Guiding questions
What types of internal barriers exist towards teachers adopting a student-centered and/or flipped classroom approach to learning?
Do our interventions help teachers to adopt a student-centered and/or flipped classroom approach to learning?
2. Primary focus
This study into the educational culture of Kurdistan will elucidate why teachers hesitate to enact this actual long-standing practice of a learner-centered classroom. We will seek to expand the flipped classroom to consider the entirety of the learning ecosystem, including the whole student, and the whole teacher as in the yogic tradition. In that context, reflecting on what empowers these people is not only an interesting concept, but one that could in fact impact change here.
The gradual approach improves upon our framework due to its inclusion of managing the community response. Indeed, the flipped classroom in and of itself is not new. The question here is why is it so slow to be adopted in developing nations, using Kurdistan as an example. A quote from a participant MD in one of my online sessions in Iraq with a medical school seems pertinent here. After I showed him all of the recent research from top-tier medical schools in the US and UK that demonstrated student-centered problem solving, this medical doctor angrily said, “The research shows that I should lecture!” The comment and tone suggest a medical doctor had nothing to learn from a doctor of education and a staunch refusal to uptake.
3. Research process
To achieve the aims of the study the following procedures will be followed:
A semi-structured interview will be prepared to interview the samples of the study.
Teachers will be interviewed prior to the treatment of training in the student-centered / flipped classroom methods to ascertain their ideas, preconceptions and biases towards these methods.
Teachers will undergo training, during which they will be observed (participant observer). The training will include face-to-face and online sessions on the concept of flipped classroom approach, the procedures, the challenges and strategies for better implementation in Kurdistan region context. They will be given assignments to prepare lesson plans and video-tape certain lessons adopting flipped classroom approach.
Teachers will be interviewed after the training to ascertain any potential changes in their understanding, previous preconceptions and biases of the student-centered / flipped classroom methods (model).
4. Potential impact and implications for further research
Despite the established knowledge of the increased efficacy of the student-centered / flipped classroom methods, schools and universities in Iraq fail to implement them. Previous research has established that the #1 hindrance to ‘take-up’ of these methods is teacher identity. We expect to learn what aspects of identity prevent teachers from using more effective methods of teaching. We also expect to have found ways to adapt teacher self-identity such that these more effective methods actually take hold in education. When previously established best-in-practice methods are used, we expect the educational system in Iraq to improve.
CommUnity is a project of the Laszlo Institute that utilizes a vision of educational innovation to empower learning communities.
It does this by harnessing the power of collective intelligence to provide creative solutions to common needs and opportunities in diverse learning environments.
The learning communities of CommUnity engage in co-creation and prototyping practical solutions through a process that embodies individual and collective well-being sourced from empathy and joy. It is focused on, and is being developed by, young people from around the world.
More information on the current focus of the project to gain funding and support can be found here: