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ERIC Number: EJ863475
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-0005-3503
Taking an Investigative Stance in Using the Professional Standards in the Languages Classroom
Farmer, Kylie
Babel, v44 n1 p9-11 Nov 2009
The Professional Standards Project (PSP) is a nationally coordinated professional learning program for languages teachers, to improve the quality of languages teaching and, thereby, improve student learning. It is based on the use of the "Professional standards for accomplished teaching of languages and cultures" (hereafter, "the Standards") as a framework. The project was delivered in 2008 and consisted of 2 streams: (1) Stream A: two x three hour modules to familiarise teachers with "the Standards"; and (2) Stream B: eight x three hour modules focusing in depth on educational theory and practice, language and culture, and language pedagogy. Participants also undertook ongoing classroom investigations as part of this project. A key element of the PSP project for those teachers involved in Stream B was the classroom investigation. This was an opportunity for teachers to apply the learning and knowledge gained through the project to their own contexts. It was also a process which supported teachers in developing their awareness of themselves as teachers, as reflected in "the Standards." All Stream B participants were encouraged to investigate one aspect of their practice to support their professional development in light of "the Standards." The investigations were conducted over a relatively short time frame of approximately two months. The emphasis was on "going deeper" rather than broader. Teachers were encouraged to base their investigations on one of the ten modules of the PSP materials which was relevant and meaningful to them at that point in time. The diversity and quality of the investigations undertaken and the sharing of these on the final project reporting day provided excellent professional learning for all involved. To provide an insight into the type of investigations teachers undertook, this article presents a selection of investigations undertaken by Victorian participants and organised according to the relevant PSP professional learning module on which they were based.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia