Year 2019, Volume 5, Issue 1, Pages 71 - 86 2019-02-15

Evaluating and Improving Teacher Educators’ Language-Oriented Performance in Content-Based Teaching

Fenna Swart [1] , Dubravka Knèzic [2] , Jeroen Onstenk [3] , Rick De Graaff [4]

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In general, teacher educators are considered to be educational specialists whose main task is to communicate content-based concepts to prospective teachers. However, unfortunately, most studies on teacher professional development overlook this specific language-oriented aspect of content-based teaching. Therefore, we address the aforementioned research gap and argue that teacher educators’ evaluation of their language-oriented performance in educational communication enhances the quality of their content-based teaching. Accordingly, we examine how the language-oriented performance of teacher educators is evaluated by both individual teacher educators (sample size N=3) and their students (N=32) in a small-scale intervention study. The findings of the study reveal that there is a relationship between the order of application of five language focus areas (i.e., language awareness, active listening, formalizing interaction, language support, and language and learning development, as noticed by the students), and teacher educators’ ability to apply these areas in accordance with their objectives related to content-based teaching.
Fenna Swart Inholland University of Applied Sciences and Utrecht University, NETHERLANDS, Dubravka Knèzic, Jeroen Onstenk, Rick de Graaff
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Primary Language en
Subjects Education, Scientific Disciplines
Journal Section Research Article
Authors

Author: Fenna Swart (Primary Author)
Institution: Inholland University of Applied Sciences and Utrecht University
Country: The Netherlands


Author: Dubravka Knèzic
Institution: University of Applied Sciences Amsterdam
Country: The Netherlands


Author: Jeroen Onstenk
Institution: nholland University of Applied Sciences
Country: The Netherlands


Author: Rick De Graaff
Institution: Utrecht University
Country: The Netherlands


APA Swart, F , Knèzic, D , Onstenk, J , De Graaff, R . (2019). Evaluating and Improving Teacher Educators’ Language-Oriented Performance in Content-Based Teaching. International Journal of Educational Methodology, 5 (1), 71-86. DOI: 10.12973/ijem.5.1.71