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ERIC Number: EJ1148343
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1542-7587
Criticality as Ideological Becoming: Developing English Teachers for Critical Pedagogy in Nepal
Sharma, Bal Krishna; Phyak, Prem
Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, v14 n2-3 p210-238 2017
This article presents a discussion of how criticality is constructed and implemented for English as a foreign language (EFL) teacher development in Nepal. The authors draw on Freire's (1970) notion of conscientization to discuss how Nepali EFL teachers develop critical awareness in incorporating local sociopolitical issues in their lessons. Building on Bakhtin's (1981) concept of ideological becoming, they analyze these teachers' ideological becoming in adopting a critical approach to their pedagogical practices. The authors discuss the process of critical materials development, a subsequent professional development workshop, and a follow-up dialogue with teachers to show how critical awareness emerges from engaging teachers in understanding ideological tensions between dominant and alternative discourses of teachers' professional development. They interpret teachers' ideological tensions and their new consciousness in terms of their emerging sense of agency and a commitment toward a possible social transformation. The authors also argue that ideological conflicts and tensions in teachers' knowledge, teaching philosophies, and practices are a starting point for a transformative teacher development and they should be a core part of second language teacher education and professional development for second language teachers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Nepal
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