Dr. Abdurrahman Ahmad Wahab

Dr. Abdurrahman Ahmad Wahab’s research and teaching interests are in the humanities and social sciences, educational policy and program evaluation, and teacher education. He received his Ph.D. from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, Canada. He received his Master’s degree from the University of Massachusetts-Boston as a Fulbright scholar. He teaches in the Faculty of Education at Tishk International University.

Teachers as Researchers: The Path to Transformation

Research emerges from value. Through research, we try to understand the value of something or find out where the value lies and in what ways we can make the value clear. As teachers, we are also involved in this endeavor. Even though teacher education programs in Kurdistan Region do not pay enough attention to the importance of research in teaching, critical approaches to both research and teaching signify teaching and research as interconnected. A critical approach to teaching intends to transform the traditional understandings that we as teachers and educators assume in the aims of education, curriculum design, the nature of knowledge and its development and acquisition, as well as the social, political, and ethical principles in teaching and instruction. Critical research provides the necessary dispositions in teaching, such as open-mindedness, authority, and professionalism, as well as the critical understandings needed when studying the dynamic nature and position of value in the educational process.