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Trent, John – Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 2019
Teacher attrition is a perennial problem in many countries around the globe. With attrition especially pronounced amongst early career teachers, efforts to retain and sustain these teachers have highlighted the importance of effective mentoring and support programs within schools. However, less is known about the perceptions and experiences of…
Descriptors: Teacher Persistence, College Graduates, Teacher Education Programs, Career Change
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Trent, John – Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 2011
Short-term international experience programmes are a common element of English second language (ESL) teacher education in many countries. This study problematizes the belief that such programmes necessarily result in beneficial changes in pre-service teachers thinking about themselves as teachers--their beliefs, habits, and values--by exploring…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Student Teachers, Foreign Countries, English (Second Language)
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Trent, John – Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 2010
This article reports on a qualitative study that explored the prospects for the promotion of collaborative relationships between English as a Second Language (ESL) and content teachers in Hong Kong. At the time of the study, the eight participants, four content teachers and four ESL teachers, were all teaching in English-medium secondary schools…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction
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Trent, John – Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 2013
This paper reports on a qualitative study that investigated the lived experiences of a group of pre-service English language teachers during a teaching practicum in Hong Kong. Multiple, in-depth interviews with student teachers were conducted during a 6-week practicum to understand the students' experiences of becoming teachers. A contribution of…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Self Concept, Professional Identity, Practicums
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Trent, John; DeCoursey, Matthew – Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 2011
This article reports on a qualitative study that investigated the experiences of one group of English language teachers from the Chinese mainland who completed their teacher training in Hong Kong and have taken up full-time teaching positions in secondary schools within Hong Kong. Using the concept of teacher identity construction, and drawing…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Teacher Education Programs, Foreign Countries, Teaching Experience
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Trent, John; Gao, Xuesong – Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 2009
A teacher shortage in Hong Kong in core subjects, such as English, has led to interest in the recruitment and retention of second-career teachers. Drawing upon Wenger's (1998) theory of identity formation and using data from interviews with eight second-career English language teachers in Hong Kong, this paper explores how second-career teachers…
Descriptors: Teacher Shortage, Foreign Countries, Teacher Recruitment, English (Second Language)