English Language Education

Teacher Mediated Agency in Educational Reform in China

Authors: Yang, Hongzhi

  • Offers insights on teacher agency as a factor in reforming the English as a Foreign Language curriculum in China
  • Provides a theoretical framework for analyzing teacher agency from a developmental perspective
  • Argues that curriculum reform in China needs to shift from top-down policies to bottom-up implementation
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This book examines teacher agency in implementing English as a Foreign Language (EFL) curriculum reform in the Chinese university context. It theorizes the concept of teacher agency from a sociocultural theory perspective and draws on a study conducted in a conservative and less developed area in China. The book uses Engeström's activity theory and Vygotsky's concept of the Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) to understand the nature and extent of teacher agency in adapting one’s teaching with respect to beliefs, knowledge and instructional practices. The study concludes that curriculum reform in China needs to shift from reliance on 'top-down' policies to 'bottom-up' implementation that mobilizes local understandings and practices. One of the implications of this study is that transformative teacher education programs aimed at developing teacher pedagogical agency require that teachers have ongoing opportunities to design, develop and evaluate curriculum-based mediational means.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Yang, Hongzhi

    Pages 1-12

  • A Sociocultural Perspective on Teacher Agency

    Yang, Hongzhi

    Pages 13-41

  • Advanced Activity Systems

    Yang, Hongzhi

    Pages 43-84

  • The Case Study of Sunny: The Prisoner

    Yang, Hongzhi

    Pages 85-117

  • The Case Study of Jenny: The Unresponsive Apprentice

    Yang, Hongzhi

    Pages 119-152

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Teacher Mediated Agency in Educational Reform in China
Authors
Series Title
English Language Education
Series Volume
3
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-15925-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-15925-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-15924-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-34964-0
Series ISSN
2213-6967
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 213
Number of Illustrations and Tables
14 b/w illustrations
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