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ERIC Number: EJ1143813
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1814-9448
Following the Heart or the Crowd: Epistemological Beliefs and Actual Practices of In-Service Language Teachers in Taiwan
Sun, Yu-Chih
Taiwan Journal of TESOL, v14 n1 p119-144 2017
The study aims to explore in-service teachers' epistemological beliefs about the following five critical paradigms in second language education and their corresponding practices: (1) inductive/deductive grammar instruction, (2) intensive/extensive reading, (3) looking up unknown words in the dictionary/guessing from context, (4) focusing on accuracy/proficiency, and (5) task-based/test-based learning. The findings reveal that even though in-service teachers possess certain epistemological beliefs that shape the nature of their pedagogical practice, there is an ongoing negotiation between the dominant (e.g., students' test performance) and less-dominant factors involved in their decision making. The teaching practice is both an individual and socially constructed behavior.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Taiwan
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