Preservice teachers’ pedagogical beliefs and practices during the eal practicum in Australian secondary schools

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    Although teacher beliefs are well-researched in the second language teacher education field, most studies used survey methods to identify teachers’ beliefs rather than examining the relationship between beliefs and instructional practice. Recently, research on second language teaching placement has focused on how the realities of the placement shape the development of preservice teachers’ beliefs. However, how preservice teachers’ prior beliefs influence their professional learning during the practicum remains underexplored. Given the widely acknowledged importance of teacher beliefs in the work of language teachers, this gap needs to be filled. Underpinned by a sociocultural perspective on teacher learning and drawing primarily on data from interviews, the qualitative case study reported in this chapter investigated the pedagogical beliefs that three preservice English as an additional language (EAL) teachers had during their school-based placements in Australia and how these influenced their professional learning during the placement. The study found that beliefs related to language teaching and learning played an influential role in shaping the preservice teachers’ professional experiences, and the influence manifested differently across the three participants due to the interface between their beliefs and other personal and contextual factors. The findings offer implications for supporting preservice EAL teachers in effectively socialising into the profession.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationTransforming Pedagogies Through Engagement with Learners, Teachers and Communities
    EditorsDat Bao, Thanh Pham
    Place of PublicationSingapore Singapore
    Number of pages11
    ISBN (Electronic)9789811600579
    ISBN (Print)9789811600562
    Publication statusPublished - 2021

    Publication series

    NameEducation in the Asia-Pacific Region: Issues, Concerns and Prospects
    ISSN (Print)1573-5397
    ISSN (Electronic)2214-9791

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