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This article reports on the results of a qualitative study. The study explored the experiences of one group of pre-service English language teachers in Hong Kong as they undertook an action research project as part of their undergraduate teacher training programme. The study indicates that as teacher researchers, the trainee teachers contested previously held perceptions about their engagement in teaching, their images of teachers and teaching, as well as their alignment with some aspects of contemporary educational discourse.
Updated: Sep. 27, 2010
Dimensions of Diversity: Challenges to Secondary School Teachers with Implications for Intercultural Teacher Education
The purpose of this study was to determine the level of intercultural sensitivity of Hong Kong secondary school teachers. Three hundred and eighty-six serving teachers were surveyed. Findings revealed that the majority of the teachers were operating in the beginning stage, denial/defense, of the Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity (DMIS). They saw the world from an ethnocentric perspective and held a negative view on evaluating cultural differences.
Updated: Aug. 17, 2010
'Learning through play' in early childhood education is widely advocated, but studies show that play is not easily enacted in classrooms. This article examines how one teacher implemented learning through play within a formal and didactic Hong Kong pre-school classroom. The findings support the adoption of 'play' in young children's learning and reveal tactful ways in which a teacher can encourage the evolving 'flow' of children's play while simultaneously scaffolding their learning.
Updated: May. 09, 2010
This study involved a group of Hong Kong English language student teachers who joined a six-week immersion programme in Auckland. The aim of the present investigation was to address our dearth of knowledge as to the impact of such a programme on student teachers, and the benefits that they could derive from it.
Updated: Jan. 12, 2010
The Hierarchy of Strengths: Their Relationships with Subjective Well-Being among Chinese Teachers in Hong Kong
This study investigated the hierarchy of strengths in a sample of 228 Chinese prospective and in-service teachers in Hong Kong. Teachers who reported greater life satisfaction, experiencing more positive and less negative emotions tended to be those with higher levels of emotional strengths and strengths of hope and zest.
Updated: Dec. 09, 2009
This article attempts to identify the distinctive qualities of successful veteran teachers, referred to as “expert teachers”, which separates them not only from novice teachers but more importantly from experienced non-expert teachers. Based on earlier case studies, this article maintains that the critical differences between expert and non-expert teachers are manifested in three dimensions: their ability to integrate aspects of teacher knowledge in relation to the teaching act; their response to their contexts of work, and their ability to engage in reflection and conscious deliberation. The data drawn on in this article consist of case studies, spanning 18 months, of four ESL teachers in Hong Kong.
Updated: Dec. 02, 2009
The Use of Self-Assessment to Foster Students' Learning in Teacher Education: An Experience in Teaching Practice
This study examined the effectiveness of self-assessment during teaching practice and determined whether the students, after engaging in the self-assessment process, exhibited changes in their learning and teaching. Participants comprised 47 students who were enrolled in an in-service teacher education program. Questionnaire and focus group interviews were employed to examine the usefulness of the self-assessment and the possible changes in students' learning. Analysis of the results indicates that students found that self-assessment enhanced their learning during teaching practice, especially in the area of reflective thinking.
Updated: Nov. 18, 2009
'At Least I'm the Type of Teacher I Want to Be': Second-Career English Language Teachers' Identity Formation in Hong Kong Secondary Schools
This article examines how second-career teachers may be better supported in their professional development. The study found that second-career teachers' skills and experiences were not valued within their schools. It also found that this was reflected in a rigid division the participants drew between the institutionally endorsed identity positions made available to them and the type of teachers they wanted to be. In response to this antagonism, second-career teachers used their position of non-participation to establish identity territories that connected aspects of their first-career identities, such as engineers and managers, to their emerging teacher identities.
Updated: Oct. 19, 2009
This paper examines the commitment of Hong Kong teachers in the decade after the political transition in 1997, when large-scale education reforms were launched. The life history method was employed to explore teachers’ self-appraisal of their commitment levels in their career course and factors contributing to such trends.
Updated: Jun. 10, 2009
Understanding Mainland Chinese Students' Motivations for Choosing Teacher Education Programs in Hong Kong
In this article, the authors report on an inquiry exploring the experiences of 10 mainland Chinese student teachers of English so as to understand why they came to Hong Kong for a teacher education program. The study revealed that these students were largely attracted to teaching in Hong Kong because of its extrinsic benefits such as professional stability and the prestige associated with the English language teaching profession.
Updated: Jun. 01, 2009