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ERIC Number: EJ900106
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-1990-3839
How Teachers Develop Their Professional Knowledge in English Study Group in Taiwan
Huang, Yi-Ching
Educational Research and Reviews, v2 n3 p036-045 Mar 2007
The purpose of this qualitative research was to understand the perceptions of Taiwanese teachers of the effects of a study group on their professional growth in the workplace. This case study employed the following data collection techniques: (1) informal observations and interviews, (2) focus group interview, (3) semi-structured individual interviews and (4) documents and records. The site selected for this study was the National Chia-Yi Girls' Senior High School in Chia-Yi City in Taiwan. The participants in this study included eight members of the English Teachers Club. Although the focus of this club was offering opportunities for members to practice and improve their English, it functioned as a teacher study group. Specifically, the reported benefits of this professional development activity included: learning English as a foreign language, gaining ideas for improving classroom English instruction, sharing teaching experiences, stimulating positive dispositions to learning, and fostering intellectual development. These benefits, I argue, helped participants to develop content knowledge, pedagogical knowledge, pedagogical content knowledge, fostering of continuing learning, and cognitive/intellectual and theoretical development. The experiences of the teacher study group at Chia-Yi Girls' Senior High School revealed some of the successes and problems that the teachers experienced as their involvement in a study group evolved.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Taiwan