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World culture and experienced primary school teachers’ understandings of educational changes in Taiwan
The article describes a study exploring the perceptual changes among Taiwan's experienced teachers, and their responses to a converging world culture and environmental effects on people's inner world. The researcher finds that most participants adapt certain abstract world culture ideals and norms compatible with their own values, while gaining respect for equality and an increasing awareness of a global society.
Updated: Feb. 10, 2008
The article describes teachers' feelings of susceptibility as expressed in an online teachers' community in Mainland China. The study reveals how changes in policy affect teachers' professional relations and identities. The study also argues that while Chinese cultural tradition is used to give teachers authority, it also imposes burdens on teachers and subjects them to close scrutiny, which consequently makes them feel more vulnerable.
Updated: Feb. 05, 2008
Earlier in his work as a teacher educator, the author thought of teacher learning as a psychological process or phenomenon and this view guided his work with his student teachers. Subsequently,the author has been drawn to pragmatist and sociocultural views that portray human thinking and acting as intimately linked to the physical, social and cultural environment. Adopting such views helped the author to see teacher learning in a new light, less as a mental issue and more as a social and cultural issue. Here, the author reconstructs his transformation of coming to see learning to teach as situated.
Updated: Jan. 26, 2008