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    Personal practical knowledge and identity in lesson planning conferences on a pre-service TESOL course

    Morton, Tom and Gray, J. (2010) Personal practical knowledge and identity in lesson planning conferences on a pre-service TESOL course. Language Teaching Research 14 (3), pp. 297-317. ISSN 1362-1688.

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    This article reports a study of the discourse of shared lesson planning sessions in the early stages of a pre-service TESOL certificate course. The study focuses on ‘lesson planning conferences’ (LPCs), in which a teacher educator and a group of student teachers worked on one student teacher’s lesson plan. It describes the discursive practices through which lesson plans emerged and through which student teachers constructed personal practical knowledge and identity as they negotiated the process of becoming members of the community of practice of English language teachers. The study revealed the LPCs to be a dynamic and recursive process in which problems of instruction emerged and solutions were suggested. While the teacher educators produced more meanings related to personal practical knowledge, the student teachers had a substantial share in the discursive resources with which meanings were exchanged. The analysis also shows how participants engaged with the practice of planning for teaching through such discursive acts as producing directives, proposing actions, evaluating, articulating teaching principles and imagining classroom events.The article argues that — in spite of some limitations — shared lesson planning is a promising strategy for the construction of novice language teachers’ personal practical knowledge and professional identities.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2013 15:30
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:32


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