Through this project long term research companionships will have established to generate high quality studies in the field language teacher education. Besides, productivity of researchers through cross-fertilization of ideas, and the impact and visibility of the products will be ensured through collaborative research. The benefits of collaboration presented by Katz and Martin (1997) as below;
1. The first type of benefit from collaboration is therefore the sharing of knowledge, skills and techniques.
2. A second and closely related type of benefit is the transfer of knowledge or skills.
3. Collaboration may bring about a clash of views, a cross-fertilization of ideas which may in turn generate new insights or perspectives that individuals, working on their own, would not have grasped (or grasped as quickly).
4. A fourth type of benefit is that collaboration provides intellectual companionship.
5. Collaboration also has the effect of 'plugging' the researcher into a wider network of contacts in the scientific community.
6. Collaboration can enhance the potential visibility of the work (pp. 14-15).
In terms of developing creativity Chan, Önder and Torgler (2015) indicated that more collaboration with the same researcher does not improve creativity. In this respect this project adopts a dynamic structure which enables researchers collaborate with a wide range of other researchers from different countries. Additionally, the research groups will be open to new researchers who will contribute through cross-fertilization of various ideas.
In this respect, the research groups aim to equip the researchers with the following skills;
• Building a shared research vision and joint sense of identity for the researchers with different ethnic backgrounds
• Helping individuals develop their expertise and a long-term research strategy
• Accessing resources and sharing the credit across institutional structures
• Rewarding, engaging and balancing the needs of multiple stakeholders (e.g. students, researchers, parent institution(s), external funders, research users) (Lyall et al., 2009).
Based on above-mentioned features of research groups in order to ensure the productivity, quality and impact of research in the area of language teacher education international collaboration is a must. Training competent and qualified language teachers is a problem not only in Turkey but also in EU and other countries (Ziegler, 2013), conducting research in local context does not provide generalizable results and final solutions to this problem. Moreover, the nature of research groups requires international collaboration. To put in a nutshell, to merge different research cultures of different countries is quite needed for a productive research activity.