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作者 Burke, Brigid M
書名 Experiential professional development: Promoting communicative language teaching with expeditionary learning Outward Bound design
國際標準書號 9780542115752
book jacket
說明 533 p
附註 Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 66-05, Section: A, page: 1610
Adviser: Sandra J. Savignon
Thesis (Ph.D.)--The Pennsylvania State University, 2005
Experiential professional development (EPD) that has been integrated into the school day in World Language (WL) classrooms creates opportunities for teachers to learn to use a communicative approach to language teaching (CLT) through experience. CLT allows students to develop functional ability in the language through communication (Savignon, 2002). This model of EPD is a ten-week learning expedition, influenced by Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound (SLOB) design (Campbell et al., 1998, Cousins 1998). The course was offered by a major U.S. university to a local public school district in spring 2004. At school, four Spanish teachers collaborated with colleagues, students and the EPD consultant to design, teach and reflect on communicative activities implemented in classroom lessons
During the EPD course, the teachers' classes were observed everyday. Immediately following EPD, classes were observed twice a week for three weeks, and again twice a week for three weeks in September, 2004 (five months after EPD). All observations were conducted by the researcher
To better understand what happened as a result of EPD, this study asked the following research questions: (1) To what extent, if any, does EPD affect teacher understandings of CLT? (2) What are the effects of ELOB design on EPD? (3) To what extent, if any, does EPD affect curriculum design in the teachers' classrooms? (4) How is EPD perceived by WL teachers and administrators?
Analysis of multiple data (fieldwork reports and reflection papers from teachers; teacher, student, administrator questionnaires; researcher's fieldnotes from observations and meetings) through mixed methods provide evidence that an EPD experience of this kind allows teachers to stray away from more traditional WL methods focusing on grammar and translation. EPD teachers were able to provide classroom activities that demonstrated true understanding of CLT
During EPD, classroom teachers can gain knowledge and experience on effective methods, which may be old or new, in a way that they can apply to their classroom lessons, and they get credit for it. EPD with practicing classroom teachers may help to advance reform efforts in U.S. education not only in WL classrooms, but in all classrooms
School code: 0176
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 66-05A
主題 Education, Language and Literature
Language, Linguistics
Education, Curriculum and Instruction
Alt Author The Pennsylvania State University
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