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ERIC Number: EJ925721
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-1366-4530
Professional Development through "Kizuki"--Cognitive, Emotional, and Collegial Awareness
Sakamoto, Nami
Teacher Development, v15 n2 p187-203 2011
The author traced an English as a foreign language (EFL) teacher's professional development by examining her narrative and identifying the transformation of her awareness or "kizuki". "Kizuki," which is unique to Japanese culture, implies a sudden feeling of inner understanding of a phenomenon and can be roughly translated as "becoming aware of", "noticing" or "realizing". To show how powerful and important the concept is for teacher development in the Japanese context, the author studied team-taught project-based EFL learning in a Japanese junior high school for nine months. A qualitative analysis of the teacher's narrative highlights that different types of her "kizuki"--cognitive, emotional, and collegial--were generated and its transformative power enabled her to gain ownership of teacher learning, which it is hoped would lead to professional development. Moreover, an analysis of students' narratives clarified that they also gained "kizuki" and ownership over their learning in their supportive classroom community. (Contains 6 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Junior High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Japan