ERIC Number: ED474469
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003
"Who Does She Think She Is?" Constraints on Autonomy in Language Teacher Education.
Heller-Murphy, Anne; Northcott, Joy
Edinburgh Working Papers in Applied Linguistics, n12 p10-18 2003
This paper reports on two teacher educators' efforts to understand an increasingly complex set of issues related to the effect of their roles as educators on their relationship with their colleagues. They explored the various setting in which language education occurs and examined how these settings could impact the autonomy of all participants (teacher educators, teachers, and student teachers). Their central concern was with the autonomy of both the educator and the participant in this setting. The model that evolved from their research has four interconnecting elements, each of which has an impact on the others. These elements include the following: teacher education setting; autonomy of all concerned; educator self-image; and participant resistance and openness. The paper notes concerns within the areas of educator self-image and participant resistance, highlighting possible strategies for addressing some of the problems. It concludes with suggestions for future exploration (e.g., participant attitudes toward teacher education and development and participant reactions to educators in different settings). (Contains 20 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Note: In: Edinburgh Working Papers in Applied Linguistics, 2003; see FL 027 607.