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ERIC Number: EJ858137
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-0031-3831
The Difficulty of Change: The Impact of Personal School Experience and Teacher Education on the Work of Beginning Language Teachers
Ruohotie-Lyhty, Maria; Kaikkonen, Pauli
Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, v53 n3 p295-309 Jun 2009
This case-study investigates the impact of personal school experience and initial teacher education on the work of six beginning language teachers. Insights into the thinking and acting of the subjects are gained through an interpretative analysis of their interviews. The findings indicate that one's own school experience has an important role in constructing practical knowledge during the first years of teaching. Part of this experience is unconscious and difficult to express in words; nevertheless, it has an impact on the actions of the beginning language teacher. Furthermore, the ability of the teachers in the study to use knowledge learned during the teacher education is dependent on their ability to self-reflect. (Contains 2 tables and 1 footnote.)
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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