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Edcamp and Innovation in Professional Development for ALTs

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102
Writer(s): 
Bernadette Denston, Konan Women’s University; Thomas Stringer, Konan University

Teacher professional development (PD) is essential to improve English language instruction in Japan. Nevertheless, current PD models have been criticised. Edcamps are a form of collaborative PD that has recently gained attention. We look at a compulsory PD event for assistant language teachers (ALTs) based on elements of the edcamp model. The aim of this study was to assess the participating ALTs’ attitudes towards currently available PD, investigate their criteria for suitable PD, and measure their responses to the edcamp model in reference to those criteria. ALTs broadly approved of the edcamp model but expressed concern that the PD did not meet their needs. They indicated that suitable PD should offer new ideas and direction as to how to apply them and should involve peer collaboration. The results highlight difficulties with moderating and offering opportunities for equal contribution. We make recommendations for the generalizability of the edcamp model for PD.

教員の専門能力開発(PD)は日本の英語教育の発展に必須だが、現在のPD形式は批判されてきた。Edcampは、教員による協働型のPDで最近注目を集めている。本研究論文では、edcamp形式の原理に基づき、外国語指導助手(ALT)の参加が必須なPDセミナーについて考察する。本研究は、現在のPDに対するALTの取組み姿勢を評価し、相応しいPDの基準を吟味し、この基準を基にALTのedcamp形式への対応を評価することを目的とする。ALTは、全体的にedcamp形式に賛成だが、現在のPDはALTのニーズを満たしているとは感じていない。彼らは、適切なPDとは、新たな案やその適用方法を提案し、教員同士の協働を促すべきだと述べている。司会者の役割および教員同士の公平な協力が困難なことも浮き彫りにしている。本論文では、edcamp形式の一般化に向けた提案も示す。

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