Departmental Bulletin Paper A Proposal for an Online Tool to Encourage the Professional Development of EIL Teachers in Japan [Article]

Stewart, Glen Andrew  ,  Mortson, Darrin

26 ( 2 )  , pp.1 - 40 , 2016-1 , 文教大学
This article presents the results of a small-scale action research project. The study focused on the design and development of an online tool for EIL teachers in Japan to help them to continue their professional development. The two teacher-researchers (native-English speakers) conducting the study employed the online tool to support their peer-coaching process over a two-week period at their tertiary institution near Tokyo. Results indicate that the proposed peer-coaching framework and the online tool were useful in supporting the two teacher-researchers’process, with both the autonomous knowledge-building and the peer-networking functionality of the online tool being identified as essential to that process. A six-step action plan was drawn up to organize the teacher-researchers’ efforts to finalize the online tool and introduce it to their fellow teachers at their institution and also more broadly.

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