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ERIC Number: EJ1204570
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Feb
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1072-4303
Teaching about Teaching about Culture: The Role of Culture in Second Language Teacher Education Programs
Kidwell, Tabitha
TESL-EJ, v22 n4 Feb 2019
By teaching English, teachers are preparing students for encounters with people from different cultures. To do so effectively from the beginning of their careers, novice teachers need preparation to teach about culture in addition to teaching language. Teacher educators could more effectively support novice teachers' ability to teach about culture if they had a better understanding of the process of learning to teach about culture and beginning to do so during the early years of teaching. This qualitative case study of one teacher education program in Indonesia investigates novice teachers' learning about and practices for teaching about culture. Data sources include interviews and lesson observations with 20 teacher educators, and interviews, lesson observations, and journal entries from 20 novice teachers who recently graduated from the program. Findings indicate that teachers have few opportunities to learn about how to teach about culture, and that they address culture in their classrooms relatively infrequently. This study's implications reveal a need for teacher education programs to provide more concrete guidance about how to teach about culture. With stronger preparation in their teacher education programs, novice teachers might be better able to foster their students' ability to engage across difference.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Indonesia