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Enriching Teacher Motivation by Improving Teacher Education: Inclusive and Reflective Training

Gadella Kamstra, Lorena (2021) 'Enriching Teacher Motivation by Improving Teacher Education: Inclusive and Reflective Training.' In: Giannikas, Christina Nicole, (ed.) Teaching Practices and Equitable Learning in Children's Language Education. IGI Global, 130 - 150. ISBN 9781799864875

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Teacher motivation plays a crucial role in the learning and teaching of languages. Despite its importance, research on language teacher motivation is limited. On a different note, research on teacher education (TE) has exposed the ineffective preparation of teachers for the reality of the classroom. This chapter will discuss implications for language teacher training programs by establishing a link between teacher motivation and TE. This qualitative investigation was conducted in secondary state schools in Spain, and 23 English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teachers participated. In-depth semi-structured interviews were conducted to explore teacher demotivation to teach EFL, which in turn was associated to teachers' lack of training in inclusive and reflective practices. The findings revealed the demotivating influence of these two areas and explored how these could be tackled in TE while accounting for teachers' needs. By enhancing teacher training, the language classroom could become an inclusive and reflective space for young learners and teachers.

Item Type: Book Section
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Language and Linguistics, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2021 09:54
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2021 09:54

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