Teacher Mediated Agency In Educational Reform In China by Hongzhi YangTeacher Mediated Agency In Educational Reform In China by Hongzhi Yang

Teacher Mediated Agency In Educational Reform In China

byHongzhi Yang

Paperback | October 5, 2016

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This book examines teacher agency in implementing English as a Foreign Language (EFL) curriculum reform in the Chinese university context. It theorizes the concept of teacher agency from a sociocultural theory perspective and draws on a study conducted in a conservative and less developed area in China. The book uses Engeström's activity theory and Vygotsky's concept of the Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) to understand the nature and extent of teacher agency in adapting one's teaching with respect to beliefs, knowledge and instructional practices. The study concludes that curriculum reform in China needs to shift from reliance on 'top-down' policies to 'bottom-up' implementation that mobilizes local understandings and practices. One of the implications of this study is that transformative teacher education programs aimed at developing teacher pedagogical agency require that teachers have ongoing opportunities to design, develop and evaluate curriculum-based mediational means.
Title:Teacher Mediated Agency In Educational Reform In ChinaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:213 pages, 23.5 × 15.5 × 0.02 inPublished:October 5, 2016Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3319349643

ISBN - 13:9783319349640

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction.- Chapter 2: A Sociocultural Perspective on Teacher Agency.- Chapter 3: Advanced Activity Systems.- Chapter 4: The Case Study of Sunny - The Prisoner.- Chapter 5: The Case Study of Jenny - The Unresponsive Apprentice.- Chapter 6: The Case Study of Lynne - The Reflective Practitioner.- Chapter 7: Discussion and Conclusion.- Appendices.