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ERIC Number: EJ1145022
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0826-435X
The Margins as "Third Space": EAP Teacher Professionalism in Canadian Universities
MacDonald, Jennifer
TESL Canada Journal, v34 n1 p106-116 2016
Teachers of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) in the Canadian university setting often experience professional marginalization in terms of lack of status, clarity of mandate, or administrative home within their institutions. Despite having broadly benefited the ESL/EAL sector in Canada, traditional trait-focused professionalization efforts have been less effective at countering this marginalization of EAP teachers within our universities. However, these margins could be reimagined as a pedagogically innovative space for some university EAP teachers to define their professionalism in terms not of what they are, but what they do. Recharacterizing the margins as a third space (Whitchurch, 2008) could allow a degree of freedom for EAP teachers to best exercise their professionalism on their own terms: a postmodern professionalism focused on engagement, service, and collaboration. [Note: The issue number (11) shown on this PDF is incorrect. The correct citation is v34 n1.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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