Reflection, Change and Reconstruction in the Context of Educational Reform and Innovation in China: Towards an Integrated Framework Centred on Reflect

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This book delivers a state-of-the-art survey of the issues and approaches in contemporary English as a foreign language teacher education. It examines the professional development of the teachers who taught English as a foreign language and engaged in a teacher preparation programme of reflective teaching in a university in China. Situated in the context of the reforms of English language teaching and teacher education, this book focuses on the theme of how, if at all, reflective teaching contributes to Chinese university EFL teachers' development in thinking about English language teaching and in their own classroom practice. To date, the study of English as a foreign language teacher education and professional development mainly focused on the teaching skills and pedagogical knowledge of teachers. However, this book approaches English language teacher education from a different perspective, through an empirical exploration of the teachers' professional development in their thinking, beliefs, values, understandings of teaching, awareness of students, and their classroom practice while engaged with reflective teaching practice at the group level and the individual level respectively. Adopting an interpretivist and constructivist epistemological paradigm, and drawing on key aspects of reflective teaching theory, the book investigates how the novice, developing, and experienced teachers differed in their views about reflective practice; how the teachers' thinking about English language teaching developed; how the teachers' performance in EFL classroom practice developed; and how the teachers dealt with the changes during the period of the teacher education programme. In addition, the book provides examples of research into the ways that individuals integrate multiple levels of reflection and accommodate different types of reflection and make them interact with each other mutually and inseparably by using a more comprehensive and multidimensional reflective teaching model. Thus the book helps advance our thinking and understanding of teachers' trajectory of professional growth and is a new and unique resource of exploring effective ways of language teacher education for teachers, teacher educators, and educational researchers alike.

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Yuhong JIANG, PhD of the University of Cambridge in the UK, professor in applied linguistics and TEFL, supervisor of postgraduates, deputy director of Foreign Languages Education Research Institute, Academic and Technology Leader of Chongqing Municipality, China. She holds a membership in the International Association for Applied Linguistics, the American Association for Applied Linguistics, American Educational Research Association, British Educational Research Association, and China Association of English Language Teaching and Research. Her research interests are in the fields of applied linguistics, foreign language education, language teacher education and professional development, sociolinguistics, and British and American culture. She has published five text books (editor in chief, associate editor in chief), two academic monographs, one lexicon, and sixteen academic articles. She has presided over and taken part in eighteen research projects at the national level, municipality level, and university level. In addition, she participated in and presented papers at a lot of international and national academic conferences and symposiums. She worked as a visiting scholar at Beijing University, China, 2003-2004, at University of Cambridge, UK, 2004-2005, and studied for PhD degree at University of Cambridge, UK, 2007-2011. From 2001 onwards, she is the supervisor of postgraduates and has guided 35 of them to graduate. The courses she has taught include English Academic Paper Writing, English Stylistics, Intercultural Communication, Comparison of Chinese and Western Cultures, Western Cultures, An Introduction to Britain and America, Language and Culture, Comprehensive English, English Reading, English Listening, English Phonetics, and Oral English.

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