Teacher Development in Action: Understanding Language Teachers' Conceptual Change

Teacher Development in Action: Understanding Language Teachers' Conceptual Change

by M. Kubanyiova

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Bringing together multiple sources of data and combining existing theories across language teacher cognition, teacher education, second language motivation and psychology, this empirically-grounded analysis of teacher development in action offers new insights into the complex and dynamic nature of language teachers' conceptual change.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781137580214
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 01/12/2012
Edition description: 1st ed. 2012
Pages: 220
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.02(d)

About the Author

Maggie Kubanyiova is Senior Lecturer in Educational Linguistics in the School of Education, University of Birmingham, UK. Her research interests concern language teacher development, second language learning and classroom interaction, classroom pedagogy and ecological approaches to research. Her recent book Motivating Learners, Motivating Teachers: Building Vision in the Language Classroom (Co-authored with Zoltán Dörnyei, 2014) was highly commended for the HRH the Duke of Edinburgh English Language Book Award.

Table of Contents

Teacher Change Research: A Critical Overview
Theories of Learning and Change in Psychology
Pulling it Together: An Integrated Model of Language Teacher Conceptual Change
The Study of Language Teachers' Conceptual Change: Grounded Theory Ethnography
It's Not What They Know, It's Who They See: Ideal Selves as Central Cognitions in Conceptual Change
Emotional Dissonance: Essential but Insufficient Catalyst for Conceptual Change
When Change Threatens the Teachers' Sense of Self: Emotional Battles in Balancing Ideal, Ought-to and Feared Selves
It's Not as Simple as It Sounds: Teacher Change as a Multifaceted, Situated, Emerging and Dynamic Process
Conclusion: New Metaphors for Researching and Educating for Teacher Change

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"Dealing initially with stories of 'failure,' Teacher Development in Action is not a book on defeat, but as Kubanyiova herself claims, is one on hope. It is a steady step forward toward success." - Studies in Language Learning and Teaching

"This is a courageous book. Rather than trumpeting a success story, it documents and analyses the 'failure' of a project designed to radically restructure teachers' conceptual understanding of their teaching." - English Teaching Professional

"This book breaks new ground by describing the teacher change process using a new theoretical model…. [It] is a thoroughly researched impressive book which adds greatly to both conceptual change theory and to the case study literature on language teacher development." - BAAL News

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