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Exploring an ESL teachers' beliefs and practices of teaching literary texts: A case study in Hong Kong


Cheung, A and Hennebry-Leung, M, Exploring an ESL teachers' beliefs and practices of teaching literary texts: A case study in Hong Kong, Language Teaching Research pp. 1-26. ISSN 1362-1688 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/1362168820933447


Although much has been written about the relationship between teachersí beliefs and practices, research examining the role of emotions in the realm of teacher cognition remains limited. This article presents a case study investigating one English as a second language (ESL) teacherís beliefs and practices about teaching literary texts, drawing on Zembylasí three levels of teacher emotions (2002, 2005), i.e. intrapersonal, interpersonal and intergroup, as the conceptual framework. The ESL teacherís beliefs and practices were investigated via open-ended interviews and lesson observations that explored her perceptions of teaching literary texts throughout one academic year. The findings point to the complexity of teacher practices which may converge or diverge with their beliefs. Various contextual factors were found to contribute to this complexity. The results highlight the need to situate the emotions of teachers beyond contextual factors and consider the dynamic nature of teacher cognition. The practical value of the study lies in its extension of the role of emotions in mediating teacher cognition.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:curriculum innovations, teachers' beliefs, teacher cognition, teacher practices
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:LOTE, ESL and TESOL curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Pedagogy
UTAS Author:Hennebry-Leung, M (Dr Mairin Hennebry-Leung)
ID Code:140208
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:15
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2020-07-31
Last Modified:2021-08-25

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