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Yang, Hongzhi; Clarke, Matthew – Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 2018
This paper draws on a case study conducted in a Chinese university in the context of national College English reform. The aim is to investigate the policy enactment of the latest College English reform in China and the interaction between national policies, institutional policy, and teacher agency in responding to this educational reform from an…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Educational Change, English (Second Language), College English
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Ullah, Hazir; Skelton, Christine – Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 2016
This paper examines a neglected aspect of gender equality debate--how knowledge about gender and sports is organized in school textbooks in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK). It examines the contradictions that exist between government rhetoric of eliminating gender biases from school textbooks and the prevalence of the same in the current school…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Athletics, Textbooks, Gender Bias
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Loo, Daron Benjamin; Maidom, Ritha; Kitjaroonchai, Nakhon – Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 2019
This study examined borderland discourse emergent from the practicum experiences of non-native English speaking pre-service teachers (PSTs) in a Thai primary school. Borderland discourse is defined as a space where personal and professional constructs intersect, which is often in a state of dissonance. Over a ten-week practicum period, the PSTs…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Xiong, Tao; Qian, Yamin – Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 2012
In this article we examine ideologies of English in present-day China with a special focus on textbook discourse. The research framework is informed by critical theories on language and education. Critical discourse analysis is applied as a methodological approach characterized by a socially committed attitude in the explanation and interpretation…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Curriculum Development, Sociolinguistics
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Santoro, Ninetta; Kennedy, Aileen – Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 2016
Unprecedented levels of global mobility mean that culturally homogenous classrooms are now increasingly rare. This brings with it challenges for teachers and raises issues about what constitutes quality teaching and teachers. Professional standards are commonly seen as a key policy instrument through which teacher quality can be enhanced. This…
Descriptors: Cultural Pluralism, Standards, Teacher Effectiveness, Discourse Analysis
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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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Han, Chunyan; Wu, Zongjie – Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 2015
The legitimate forms of knowledge recognised for language teachers in Chinese universities are differentiated by strong academic boundaries, subject only to disciplinary authority and fashion. Classroom practice on the whole tends not to be informed by research. For many language teachers, a disconnect exists between the academic discipline in…
Descriptors: Language Teachers, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Professional Identity
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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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Kettle, Margaret – Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 2005
As more and more students pursue an international education, there is a need to investigate how these students deal with the demands of their study programs in the new academic context. This paper introduces one such student, a Thai English teacher named Woody, and looks at the ways that he engaged with a Master of Education program in Australia.…
Descriptors: Foreign Students, International Education, Discourse Analysis, Foreign Countries
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Burnett, Greg – Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 2005
The present secondary education system in Kiribati is little changed from its establishment and growth through the colonial years when the island group was known as the Gilbert Islands. It is marked by a heavy emphasis on English language and a curriculum geared to place students in a limited labour market. It is also marked by an uneven…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Labor Market, Discourse Analysis, Educational Practices