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Foreign-language teaching in Tasmanian secondary schools and colleges : a sociological perspective


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Jansen, E 1985 , 'Foreign-language teaching in Tasmanian secondary schools and colleges : a sociological perspective', Coursework Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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The research reported upon in this thesis aimed to identify
. the major social forces which influence the development of
foreign-language teaching style. A conceptual framework adapted
from sociology of education theory was used for this purpose.
The study population comprised 118 foreign-language teachers
in Tasmanian secondary-level schools and colleges. A further
total of 15 teachers participated in the pilot survey.
The approach taken in the thesis is based on the assumption
that the development of teaching style occurs within, and is
significantly affected by, social situations in which 'correct'
professional behaviour is clearly defined and where the
individual teacher's professional views and behaviour are
usually largely in conformity with a shared, professional
Weltanschauung. To test the assumption that most Tasmanian foreign-language
teachers were professionally socialized into particular modes
of professional behaviour the study population (i.e. all
participants in the empirical survey) was asked to compare
present use of such techniques as grammatical explanation and
vocabulary list memorization with the use of the techniques in
the foreign-language classroom when the respondents were
foreign-language pupils and students. In addition to an examination of the teachers' pedagogic training,
information was gathered by questionnaires and interviews about a range
of institutional pressures such as reference group advice and Schools
Board requirements.
The information gained about the professional pressures which the
teachers experienced was closely examined in association with the
details gathered about their foreign-language teaching style and
professional ideology.
Two main aims of this investigation were to establish: whether
a professionally derived and defined view of knowledge existed among
Tasmanian foreign-language teachers; and, whether this "shared
ideology" is methodologically innovative or conservative.

Item Type: Thesis - Coursework Master
Authors/Creators:Jansen, E
Keywords: Languages, Modern, Languages, Modern
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Bibliography: leaves 380-403. Thesis (M.Ed.)--University of Tasmania, 1984

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