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ERIC Number: EJ1002363
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 53
ISSN: ISSN-0890-6459
A Change in Teaching Philosophy: The Effects of Short-Term Teaching Immersion on English Teaching Beliefs and Practice
Wong, Ruth Ming Har
Teacher Education and Practice, v26 n1 p43-62 Win 2013
Research has shown that the underlying teaching beliefs or theories of any particular teacher have generally been considered relatively stable and static throughout his or her career. However, this study investigates how one teacher's beliefs regarding both teaching and learning were changed during a short-term study and immersion program abroad. The teacher at the focus of this research was studied over a period of 9 months using interviews and classroom lesson observations. By giving the teacher opportunities to test methodological hypotheses through actual teaching, this study proves that a short-term immersion program can change teacher beliefs and resolve some of the cognitive dissonance about effective teaching. It was found that some of the teacher's fundamental beliefs were challenged and altered, such as those on task-based teaching and learning, as well as learning outcomes. (Contains 5 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia; China; Hong Kong