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ERIC Number: EJ843464
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Feb
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
ISSN: ISSN-0005-3503
Quality Teaching: Views from the Profession
Kohler, Michelle; Harbon, Lesley; Fischmann, Vicki; McLaughlin, Megan; Liddicoat, Anthony J.
Babel, v40 n3 p23-30, 38 Feb 2006
For professional standards for language teachers to be valid they need to reflect what is valued by language teachers in their own professional practice. Standards need to reflect "current effective professional practice." In order to determine how the profession itself understands what characterises good language teaching and what "accomplished teachers" know, the AFMLTA project undertook a generative consultation with the profession to establish the qualities and issues which needed to be addressed in a set of professional standards for language teachers. This consultation with the profession was done by means of: (1) a survey of professional associations; and (2) consultation with focus groups of language teachers. The survey allowed the project to gauge the ways in which accomplished teaching is understood and described by the teaching profession across the country. The survey consisted of a series of open-ended questions and was sent to the Modern Language Teachers Associations in each State and Territory. Each association was encouraged to develop its own process in working with the survey questionnaire in order to reflect local conditions and contexts. The focus groups were small diverse groups of teachers, who participated in a semi-structured discussion about issues of professionalism. Group facilitators had a list of possible questions and topics to use as an entry into discussion, but discussion was encouraged to be broad and the focus questions served only as a guide. The focus groups allowed for a richer and more spontaneous exploration of teachers' understanding of what constitutes professional practice and professionalism. This article presents the results of the survey and feedback from the focus groups.
Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations. Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia. Tel: +61-29351-2022; e-mail:; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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