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ERIC Number: EJ819330
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0346-251X
Mutual Adaptation: Enhancing Longer-Term Sustainability of Cross-Cultural In-Service Teacher Training Initiatives in China
Yan, Chunmei
System: An International Journal of Educational Technology and Applied Linguistics, v36 n4 p586-606 Dec 2008
This paper reports on a study that examines decisive factors for longer-term sustainability of cross-cultural teacher training initiatives in China. It focuses on teacher trainees' perspectives of a Sino-British adult education English language teaching project based in Central China. Questionnaires and semi-structured interviews were employed to gather information from the teachers who participated in the programme between 1997 and 2002. Documentation was used as a supplementary method of data collection. The findings indicate that the project has contributed to teachers' professional development in a number of ways. Meanwhile, cross-cultural communication emerged as a salient issue for longer-term sustainability of the programme. The study indicates that cultural communication is of vital importance in implementing cross-cultural programmes, and that mutual understanding and adaptation might help to enhance the viability of such initiatives in China. (Contains 2 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China