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ERIC Number: EJ989950
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 72
ISSN: ISSN-0039-8322
"It Cannot Be Done Alone": The Socialization of Novice English Teachers in South Korea
Shin, Sang-Keun
TESOL Quarterly: A Journal for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages and of Standard English as a Second Dialect, v46 n3 p542-567 Sep 2012
Prior studies on novice teachers' adjustment to the school environment have shown that many new teachers adopt the teaching practices of existing teachers. By exploring the reasons why new teachers with a proficient command of English end up conducting English classes in Korean, this study analyzed factors influencing the socialization of new teachers. Analyses of questionnaires, interviews, and critical incident reports show that the choice of instructional language was influenced by institutional constraints, school culture, and norms surrounding the teaching and learning of English, rather than the teacher's individual capabilities. The results suggest that a more important factor than the individual teacher's ability is creating school systems and school cultures that enable teachers to apply the teaching methods they were trained to use. (Contains 4 tables and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Korea