Exploring Language Teacher Efficacy in Japan Author: Gene Thompson

Format:
Ebook(EPUB) - 216 pages
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ISBN:
9781788925419
Published:
31 May 2020
Series:
Psychology of Language Learning and Teaching
Publisher:
Multilingual Matters
Dimensions:
234 x 156
Availability:
Forthcoming

Summary

This book examines language teacher efficacy beliefs, focusing on the individual and collective beliefs of Japanese high school teachers who carry out language teaching activities in the pursuit of learner language acquisition. It discusses personal and collective dimensions of language teacher efficacy related to personal second language (L2) capability, instructional L2 efficacy and collective capability towards collaboration. The book provides a detailed discussion about the ways in which these beliefs develop and situates the findings within the wider field of teacher efficacy research. It helps further understanding of factors that may influence teacher self-efficacy and suggests new directions for research to explore in future studies. It will appeal to postgraduates and researchers with an interest in language teacher cognition, the psychology of language teaching and those in the wider fields of self-efficacy, teacher efficacy and teacher agency. It is also of use to those with an interest in the high school English education system in Japan, as well as researchers investigating similar contexts.

Review:

Gene Thompson deserves great credit for this thoughtful and illuminating exploration of language teacher efficacy (LTE) beliefs in Japan. Strengths of the volume include Thompson’s deep engagement with and theorizing from the literature, his awareness of how to investigate LTE beliefs in a principled way, and his clear, insightful analysis. I wholeheartedly recommend this book.

- Mark Wyatt, Khalifa University, UAE

Author Biography:

Gene Thompson is Associate Professor at Rikkyo University, Japan where he carries out research on learner and teacher cognitions, self-efficacy, English medium instruction and teaching English as an international language. He has spent over 15 years working at Japanese schools in the area of language education and has significant experience carrying out language teacher workshops for secondary school teachers in Japan.

Readership Level:

Postgraduate, Research / Professional




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