Research on Second Language Teacher Education

A Sociocultural Perspective on Professional Development

Edited by Karen E. Johnson, Paula R. Golombek

© 2011 – Routledge

290 pages

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About the Book

Embracing a sociocultural perspective on human cognition and employing an array of methodological tools for data collection and analysis, this volume documents the complexities of second language teachers’ professional development in diverse L2 teacher education programs around the world, including Asia, South America, Europe, and North America, and traces that development both over time and within the broader cultural, historical and institutional settings and circumstances of teachers’ work.

This systematic examination of teacher professional development illuminates in multiple ways the discursive practices that shape teachers’ knowing, thinking, and doing and provides a window into how alternative mediational means can create opportunities for teachers to move toward more theoretically and pedagogically sound instructional practices within the settings and circumstances of their work. The chapters represent both native and nonnative English speaking pre-service and in-service L2 teachers at all levels from K-12 through higher education, and examine significant challenges that are present in L2 teacher education programs.

Table of Contents

1. A Sociocultural Perspective on Teacher Professional Development Karen E. Johnson, Pennsylvania State University, US and Paula Golombek, University of Florida, US Part I: Promoting Cultural Diversity and Legitimating Teacher Identities 2. Becoming a Culturally Responsive Teacher Elizabeth Smolcic, Pennsylvania State University, US 3. I’m Not Alone": Empowering Non-Native English Speaking Teachers Davi Schirmer Reis, Duquesne University, US 4. Working Toward Social Inclusion Through Concept Development in L2 Teacher Education William Dunn, University of Alberta, Canada Part II: Concept Development in L2 Teacher Education 5. ‘Seeing’ L2 Teacher Learning: The Power of Context on Conceptualizing Teaching Sharon Childs, Pennsylvania State University, US 6. Embracing Literacy-based Teaching Heather Willis Allen, University of Miami, US 7. Synthesizing the Academic and the Everyday Gretchen Nauman, Yanshan University, China Part III: Strategic Mediation in L2 Teacher Education 8. Dynamic Assessment in Teacher Education Paula Golombek, University of Florida, US 9. Moodle as a Mediational Space Tatsuhiro Yoshida, Hyoga University, Japan 10. The Reverse Move: Enriching Informal Knowledge in the Pedagogical Grammar Class Deryn P. Verity, Osaka Jogakuin College, Japan 11. Strategic Mediation in Learning to Teach Karen E. Johnson and Ekaterina Arshavskaya, Pennsylvania State University, US Part IV: Teacher Learning in Inquiry-Based Professional Development 12. Teacher Learning through Critical Friends Groups Priya Poehner, Lockhaven University, US 13. Teacher Learning through Lesson Study Thomas Tasker, Department of State, Kiev Part V: Navigating Educational Policies and Curricular Mandates 14. Ten Years of CLT Curricular Reform Efforts in South Korea Eun-Ju Kim, Hanyang Women's University, Korea 15. Learning to Teach under Curricular Reform Kyungja Ahn, Seoul National University, Korea

About the Editors

Karen E. Johnson is Liberal Arts Research Professor of Applied Linguistics, The Pennsylvania State University.

Paula R. Golombek is Clinical Associate Professor, Linguistics, University of Florida.

About the Series

ESL & Applied Linguistics Professional Series

This series provides essential texts on teaching English as a second language and applied linguistics. It includes authored and edited volumes to be used as primary or supplementary texts in graduate-level and teacher training courses to enhance students’ and practicing teachers’ professional qualifications and knowledge. Each text is designed to promote the current and growing body of knowledge in applied linguistics and second language teaching, including advances in teacher education and the study of language.

Specifically, the series includes, but is not limited to, current uses of applied linguistics research in teaching a variety of second language skills, such as reading, writing, speaking and listening; materials and curriculum design; literacy; English for academic purposes; and research methods.

The texts also deal with broad domains of professional preparation related to socio-cultural perspectives and current issues/topics in teaching and learning a second language.

Books in the series benefit not only students, but experienced teachers, curriculum developers, teacher trainers, program administrators, and other second and foreign language professionals seeking to advance and update their knowledge and expertise.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDU005000
EDUCATION / Bilingual Education
EDU046000
EDUCATION / Professional Development
FOR007000
FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY / English as a Second Language