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ERIC Number: EJ806100
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0033-6882
Intercultural Experience and Teacher Professional Development
Gu, Qing
RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, v36 n1 p5-22 2005
This paper examines the effects of intercultural experience on teacher professionalism. The main methods for data collection consist of semi-structured interviews and survey questionnaires. Analysis of participants' experiences of Department for International Development's (DFID) English language teaching projects shows that intercultural experience has a significant impact on both Chinese teachers' and British trainers' professional development. The impact on Chinese teachers is to induce a more rational view on teaching and learning practice and a more balanced attitude towards tradition versus innovation. Exposure to different teaching cultures and the intercultural experience itself is found to have led to a stronger awareness of the meaning of culturally sensitive pedagogy in both Chinese and British ELT professionals. The significant implication for teacher education is to take a holistic and cognitive view of educating teaching professionals and assist teachers to build up the capacity to act on their knowledge base in their teaching arenas. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China; United Kingdom