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ERIC Number: EJ1180536
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Mar
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0119-5646
Understanding Language Teacher Educators' Professional Experiences: An Exploratory Study in Hong Kong
Yuan, Rui; Lee, Icy
Asia-Pacific Education Researcher, v23 n1 p143-149 Mar 2014
This research explores six language teacher educators' professional experiences in Hong Kong. Drawing on the data from their narrative frames, the study identified some distinct roles in the participants' professional lives, including teacher, supervisor, learner, researcher, scholar, and change agent. While some of the roles were satisfying and rewarding (e.g., teacher and supervisor), conflicts and tensions occurred in other roles (e.g., researcher and change agent), which could be attributed to the lack of professional support for their continuous learning, the institutional pressure to publish, and the difficulty in bridging the research-practice divide. By taking a reflective stance and exercising their professional agency, the participants attempted to cope with the conflicting roles and found meaning and satisfaction in their work. The study concludes that teacher educators should be encouraged to inquire into their own professional practice and provided with more opportunities and resources to engage in their continuous professional development.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong
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