Beyond Training: Perspectives on Language Teacher Education

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 13, 1998 - Education - 208 pages
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Beyond Training examines the nature of second language teacher development and how teachers' practices are influenced by their beliefs and principles. It seeks to move discussion of language teacher development beyond the level of "training," which reflects a technical view of specific teaching practices. Instead, it takes a more holistic approach to teacher development built on the notion of the teacher as critical and reflective thinker. The argument pursued throughout is that teacher education needs to engage teachers not merely in the mastery of techniques, but in an exploration of the knowledge, beliefs, and attitudes that underly their teaching practices.
 

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Contents

Theories of teaching in language teacher education
33
Teachers maxims
49
Teacher beliefs and decision making
65
Exploring pedagogical reasoning skills
86
Whats the use of lesson plans?
103
Help or hindrance in teaching?
125
Revisiting classroom observation
141
Reflective thinking through journal writing
153
The first year of teaching
173
References
191
Subject index
204
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