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Understanding and addressing the challenges of teaching an online CLIL course: a teacher education study
This exploratory action research study aims to understand the challenges that a group of pre-service teachers faced while participating in an undergraduate course unit introducing Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) teaching in an online context (Cycle 1), and the way in which they implemented plans of action (Cycle 2) to address issues uncovered in Cycle 1. The study found that the pre-service teachers experienced problems applying appropriate English teaching approaches to promote their pupils’ communicative competence. Four measures were applied in Cycle 2, such as restructuring the training-teaching module, reinforcing the concept of English as a lingua franca to promote students’ communicative skills, selecting authentic materials to enhance students’ motivation, and obtaining administrative support to resolve technological problems. The results from English proficiency tests showed that the pupils improved their reading and listening skills in Cycle 2. Although the actions taken in Cycle 2 were focused on improving pupils’ English abilities, these actions also had the effect of enhancing the pre-service teachers’ CLIL pedagogical concepts, such as the translanguaging approach. The study provides a detailed description of CLIL teaching with online storybooks and adds to the body of much-needed studies of CLIL in practice, especially in the Asian context.
Updated: Jun. 27, 2022
This study explored the relationship between English as foreign language (EFL) teachers’ content-specific pedagogical beliefs and their technology integration practices. Using a multiple-case-study research design, the authors examined 12 secondary-level EFL teachers’ beliefs using Johnson’s (1992) framework of skill-based, rule-based, or function-based. The findings suggested an overall alignment between EFL teachers’ content-specific pedagogical beliefs and technology integration practices. While EFL teachers used similar technology tools, the same tools were used to support different types of teaching practices depending on teachers’ content-specific pedagogical beliefs.
Updated: Jan. 01, 2020
This study explored the effects of the teacher characteristics on pre-service teacher (PST) concern about integrating Web 2.0 tools into instruction. The authors found significant relationships between the concern and a few personal characteristics. The authors found that the PSTs seemed more prepared and confident in utilising instructional strategies (pedagogical knowledge) and less in engaging students in learning and managing classrooms.
Updated: Dec. 23, 2018
Application of Computer-Mediated Communication on Teacher Efficacy during School-Based Field Experience
This study examined the effectiveness of online social networking sites in developing the efficacy of student teachers during a practicum. The author found that such device was not as effective in enhancing teacher efficacy as many studies had hypothesized. Previous studies hypothesized that the popularity and familiarity of Facebook among student teachers would encourage them to use it as a platform where they can receive support, encouragement, and solutions when making decisions during a practicum. However, the findings of this study revealed that the efficacy of the participants in the Facebook community was only improved in area of Instructional Strategies, whereas that of the participants who were not part of this community improved in the areas of both Student Engagement and Classroom Management. The author concludes that an effective platform should involve both experienced teachers and other useful, easily accessible resources for student teachers. Furthermore, computer-mediated communication may not always be the optimal choice even with its commonality and familiarity.
Updated: May. 22, 2018
Those Who Can, Teach: The Academic Quality of Preservice Students in Teacher Education Programs in Taiwan
This research investigates Taiwanese preservice students’ academic quality in comparison with their nonteaching peers. The findings show that preservice students demonstrated higher academic quality than their non-preservice counterparts, as they had better entry test scores, mid-point grades and final grades. The authors provide explanations of the gap in performance between the two groups within the broader sociocultural context of Taiwanese society. First, the authors found that the majority of the teaching programs set a minimum academic standing as a threshold for student application when they recruit students from various programs/departments within the university. Second, the Taiwanese government adopted policies that provide teachers with generous compensation and benefit packages that provide teachers with generous compensation and benefit packages. Furthermore, the cultural beliefs imbedded in the Confucian cultural heritage may also play a role in constructing favorable teaching conditions.
Updated: Apr. 24, 2018
An Investigation into the Contents and Aspects of College Students’ Reflective thoughts during Field Experience Description of concrete experiences
In this study, the researchers designed and implemented a field experience course based on an experiential teaching method (Boud, Cohen, & Walker, 1993). In addition, the study investigated college students’ reflective thoughts and learning aspects. This study suggested that the concepts established through the experiences do not necessarily develop immediately into active experimentation. These results also presented the challenges faced by students during the process of reflection. Because students’ contents of reflective thoughts were relatively lacking in the aspect of active experimentation, the current study recommended that for future design, educators could focus on how to provide learning experiences that bridge reflection to action for students.
Updated: Feb. 01, 2017
The aim of this study was to determine how Internet self-efficacy helps students to transform motivation into learning action and its effect on learning performance. There were two main results of this study; the first one is: it was proved that the Internet self-efficacy of learners is an important factor influencing learning performance and motivation; and these influences are stronger for male students than for female students. The second result of this study shows that Internet self-efficacy had less influence on learning performance for the female students than for the male students; however, Internet self-efficacy did influence the confidence and learning performance of the male students.
Updated: Jan. 19, 2016
Cultivating Critical Thinkers: Exploring Transfer of Learning from Pre-service Teacher Training to Classroom Practice
The purpose of this study was to explore the transfer of learning from teacher training to classroom practice by examining the effectiveness of CT-integrated instruction on junior high school students’ critical thinking skills and critical thinking dispositions. The findings suggest that critical thinking skills and dispositions were successfully transferred to learners.Furthermore, the results indicate that the CT-integrated English instruction had a positive impact on participants’ academic performance.
Updated: Sep. 21, 2015
“Once Hired, Seldom Gone”: The Deliberation Process of Beginning Teachers in Taiwan in Deciding to Stay in Teaching
This study aims to investigate the perceptions held by new teachers in Taiwan concerning the factors conducive to or impeding their decisions to stay in teaching and the process of deliberation on intrinsic and extrinsic factors influencing their retentions. The authors have found that the decisions to stay of the participants were influenced by both intrinsic factors (and favorable extrinsic factors. Moreover, their perceptions of highly competitive entry into teaching tended to prevent them from easily giving up on teaching.
Updated: Jul. 27, 2015
Engaging Pre-service Science Teachers to Act as Active Designers of Technology Integration: A MAGDAIRE Framework
This article describes a case study, which conducted in the course to investigate the pre-service teachers’ changes in technology competency as well as reasoning on the interplays between technology, pedagogy, and content. The authors used the Modeled Analysis, Guided Development, Articulated Implementation, and Reflected Evaluation (MAGDAIRE) framework. The findings suggest that MAGDAIRE significantly improved the pre-service teachers’ technology competency levels. Moreover, MAGDAIRE facilitated the pre-service teachers’ critical reexamination of the affordances of Flash for their teaching practices from the views of subject matter selection, motivation empowerment, information presentation, activity design, and pedagogy transition.
Updated: Jul. 21, 2015