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Vu, M. T. & Olsson, M. (2019). Co-redefining and co-creating Academic literacies in PhD education: Insights from a project at Umeå University Library, Sweden. Paper presented at Creating knowledge 2018, Vingsted, Denmark, June 6-8, 2018. Nordic Journal of Information Literacy in Higher Education, 11(1)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Co-redefining and co-creating Academic literacies in PhD education: Insights from a project at Umeå University Library, Sweden
2019 (English)In: Nordic Journal of Information Literacy in Higher Education, ISSN 1890-5900, E-ISSN 1890-5900, Vol. 11, no 1Article in journal, Meeting abstract (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Our presentation discusses the practices and findings from a PhD workshop series at the Academic Resource Centre, Umeå University Library, Sweden. The partnership between librarians, writing tutors/researchers in supporting PhD research has recently become a new reality with Information Literacy courses offered as tools for resources and searching (Hassani, 2015; Paasio & Hintikka, 2015; Garson,2016). The insights from our course contribute to this literature by re-conceptualizing “academic literacy”, including Information Literacy, in doctoral education.

Adopting Academic Literacies (Lea & Street, 1998, 2006) as our workshops’ underlying framework, we propose literacy beyond individual, transferable cognitive skills of writing and reading. Rather, it is an interrelated, dynamic, and situated set of knowledge, skills, and personal attributes that help PhD students acculturate into disciplinary discourses, the academic community, and wider social contexts.

Our course approaches literacy holistically as comprising Research competence, Information literacy, and Academic English, with consideration to social processes (power, identity, and authority). The workshops cover critical reading, the literature review, writing abstract, communicating research and writing papers, but the PhD students are also encouraged to make sense of their writing by having critical, inquiry-based reflections about themselves, academia, and social discourses.

The results from the first three workshop seasons emphasize knowledge co-creation – between academic librarians and researchers, and between workshop instructors and PhD students, as one key principle in developing academic literacies. The findings indicate that Information Literacy can be seen beyond tools and resources but rather a springboard that stimulates PhD students’ critical thinking in their becoming researchers. The positive feedback from the participants also gives the rationale for the expanding roles of the library (Delaney and Bates, 2018). These workshops have strengthened our belief that collaboration is one important strategy for librarians and writing tutors/researchers to acquire the skills of the future.

Keywords
Academic literacies, PhD students
National Category
Didactics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-161774 (URN)10.15845/noril.v11i1.2765 (DOI)
Conference
Creating knowledge 2018, Vingsted, Denmark, June 6-8, 2018
Available from: 2019-07-31 Created: 2019-07-31 Last updated: 2019-08-16Bibliographically approved
Vu, M. T. & Sandström, K. (2019). From a Swedish perspective: Theory + Research + Policy + Practical wisdom + Teacher education = ?. In: : . Paper presented at European Conference on Educational Research (ECER) 2019, "Education in an Era of Risk - the Role of Educational Research for the Future", Universität Hamburg, 3-6 September, 2019.. European Educational Research Association (EERA)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>From a Swedish perspective: Theory + Research + Policy + Practical wisdom + Teacher education = ?
2019 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

While the role of theory and research is perceived as essential in preparing future teachers for the complexity of teaching, realising the theory-research-practice nexus in teacher education has been identified as one “perennial” dilemma (Darling-Hammond, 2006). Current studies from different countries, while acknowledging the shift from a craft-oriented tradition towards a more academic, research-based approach in teacher education, have indicated challenges faced by teacher educators, especially regarding curriculum and the links between university and school (e.g. Marcondes, Finholdt Angelo Leite, & Karl Ramos, 2017; Sancho-Gil, Sánchez-Valero, & Domingo-Coscollola, 2017; Valeeva & Gafurov, 2017).

This paper discusses the development of teacher education courses within a revised primary (English) language teacher education programme at Umeå University, Sweden. It focuses on how teacher knowledge is conceptualised and realised. In line with contemporary research on teacher education, the study argues that an integration between theory, research, and practical training can help student teachers form a sound knowledge and skill springboard. Such an integration enhances their creativity, autonomy, and identity, which is particularly relevant to the Swedish context, and potentially relevant to other European settings in general.

The key mission of the Swedish school, as stated in the Swedish National curriculum, is to “encourage all pupils to discover their own uniqueness as individuals and thereby be able to participate in the life of society by giving of their best in responsible freedom” (Skolverket - The Swedish National Agency for Education, 2018, p.5). Swedish learners are encouraged to become autonomous yet responsible through realising their potentials and developing their identity as individuals and being part of the society. Those fundamental tasks and values promoted in the Swedish education have implications for teacher education. In the Swedish context, if the school is to educate children to become independent and responsible, teachers must embrace and embody these qualities, since teacher beliefs influence their practice and agency (e.g. Biesta, Priestley, & Robinson, 2015; Brookfield, 2017).

The study’s theoretical framework is based on the view that teacher education involves relationships with factors beyond classroom confines, such as authoritative policies, practical wisdom, and teaching professionalism. Our courses’ development is thus informed by contemporary research on teacher knowledge in general and English language teacher knowledge in particular. We adopted the perspective that teaching is not only an apprenticeship of observation (Lortie, 1975); rather, it is an “interplay” (Boyd et al., 2015) between policy, theory, research, and practical wisdom. Education is liberating: it helps students be able to manage daily classroom practices but it also enables life-long learning and empowers themselves as teachers. With this positioning, we build on the framework of teacher knowledge commonly used (e.g. Roters, 2017) that comprises content knowledge, pedagogical content knowledge, knowledge of context and curriculum, and general pedagogical knowledge. We expand the model with a greater attention to research, theory, and reflection, while promoting the development of a growth mindset. Teachers’ abilities to understand and review theories of learning and teaching is now seen as necessary for professional growth (Richards & Farrell, 2005; Boyd et al., 2015; Farrell, 2016) and this should be the overall goal in teacher education (Ellis, 2012).

We thus acknowledge the complexity of teacher educators’ work (Boyd & White, 2017). Teacher educators should adopt a “researcherly disposition” (Tack & Vanderlinde, 2016) and the development of teacher education content should be grounded in not only practical experience, mandated by policy, but also theory and research. Teacher educators’ engagement with research helps better their practices and also creates new knowledge on teacher education.

Method

The courses in focus are one Theory class, one Methodology class, and one class on Being a language teacher, taught to primary student teachers at Umeå University during a recent academic year. The paper presents how the development of the courses (objectives, rationale, content, delivery, and assessment) is connected to contemporary teacher education theories and research. The designing and development of the courses, based on the objectives and requirements specified in the curriculum, followed Backward design approach (Wiggins, Wiggins & McTighe, 2005). The way we aligned our conceptualisation of teacher knowledge with Swedish national policies, as well as our students’ needs, is also discussed. To gain information on the effectiveness of the approach, we considered end-of-course stakeholder evaluation (Kiely, 2012), in this case students’ feedback and instructors’ reflective insights. Expert peer feedback from our colleagues was also sought. General evidence of learning and change of attitude was reviewed through a portion of students’ submitted assignments. Initial input from students’ reflections from their first teaching practicum is regarded as a gateway to understanding their teacher cognition (Borg, 2015). Ongoing dialogues between students and instructors during the courses are also discussed as a method of course evaluation (Freeman & Dobbins, 2013). 

Expected Outcomes

Our research-based approach yielded courses following the “interplay” between policy, theory, research, and practice. Of particular importance were a background of theory and research of second language acquisition for young learners, inquiry-based teacher education, teacher identities and agency, and reflective practice. Results from the student data indicate theory and research still intimidate them. Student teachers tend to imagine teacher knowledge as practical knowledge and skills, such as teaching “tips” and concrete classroom techniques. From our own reflections as course developers, we identified two significant concerns. First, reconciling the paradox between theoretical advocacy and practical guidance needs an explicit and coherent connection between curriculum design, coursework, and field experiences (Darling-Hammond, 2017; Flores, 2017). Second, the programme needs to better prepare students to activate their autonomy. Some dilemmas between design and meeting goals include knowledge interpretations (instrumental vs. liberal), knowledge presentability, materials, teachers and learners’ roles, and the transition from university learning to school professional practices, considering the ‘academic-vocational divide’. However, we also noted changes in our students’ self-awareness, knowledge development, teaching beliefs, and their attitude towards theory and practice.

The study has provided more understandings of the design and implementation of teacher education. During this process, teacher educators are both consumers and producers of knowledge. Seeing course development as an iterative cycle (Forsyth, Jolliffe, & Stevens, 1999/2017), our process needs ongoing review and discussions. Overall the courses showed initial positive results in encouraging student teachers to be more aware of the theory underlying their practice and beliefs, while seeing practice as possibilities for transformation (Flores, 2018). We believe this autonomy will help student teachers establish their own professional stance, especially in response to different demands and uncertainties in their teaching career.

References

Biesta, G., Priestley, M. & Robinson, S. (2015). The role of beliefs in teacher agency. Teachers and Teaching, 21(6), 624-640.

Borg, S. (2015). Teacher cognition and language education: Research and practice. Bloomsbury Publishing.

Boyd, P. and White, E. (2017). Teacher educator professional inquiry in an age of accountability. In Boyd, P. & Szplit, A. (eds.) Teacher and teacher educator inquiry: International perspectives. Attyka.

Boyd, P., Hymer, B., & Lockney, K. (2015). Learning Teaching: becoming an inspirational teacher. Critical Publishing.

Brookfield, S. D. (2017). Becoming a critically reflective teacher. John Wiley & Sons.

Darling-Hammond, L. (2006). Constructing 21st-century teacher education. Journal of Teacher Education, 57(3), 300–314.

Darling-Hammond, L. (2017). Teacher education around the world: What can we learn from international practice? European Journal of Teacher Education, 40(3), 291–309.

Ellis, R. (2012). Language teaching research and language pedagogy. Wiley Blackwell.

Farrell, T. S. C. (2016). From trainee to teacher: Reflective practice for novice teachers. Equinox Pub. Limited.

Forsyth, I., Jolliffe, A., & Stevens, D. (1999/2017). Evaluating a course. Routledge.

Freeman, R., & Dobbins, K. (2013). Are we serious about enhancing courses? Using the principles of assessment for learning to enhance course evaluation. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 38(2), 142-151.

Flores, M. A. (2018). Linking teaching and research in initial teacher education: knowledge mobilisation and research-informed practice. Journal of Education for Teaching, 44(5), 621-636.

Kiely, R. (2012). Designing evaluation into change management process. In C. Tribble (Ed.) Managing Change in English Language Teaching: Lessons from Experience, (pp. 75-90). London: British Council.

Lortie, D. (1975). Schoolteacher: A sociological analysis. Chicago: University of Chicago.

Marcondes, M. I., Finholdt Angelo Leite, V., & Karl Ramos, R. (2017). Theory, practice and research in initial teacher education in Brazil: challenges and alternatives. European Journal of Teacher Education, 40(3), 326-341.

Richards, J. C., & Farrell, T. S. C. (2005). Professional development for language teachers: Strategies for teacher learning. Ernst Klett Sprachen.

Sancho-Gil, J. M., Sánchez-Valero, J. A., & Domingo-Coscollola, M. (2017). based insights on initial teacher education in Spain. European Journal of Teacher Education, 40(3), 310-325.

Tack, H., & Vanderlinde, R. (2016). Measuring teacher educators’ researcherly disposition: Item development and scale construction. Vocations and Learning, 9(1), 43-62.

Valeeva, R. A., & Gafurov, I. R. (2017). Initial teacher education in Russia: connecting theory, practice and research. European Journal of Teacher Education, 40(3), 342-360.

Wiggins, G., Wiggins, G. P., & McTighe, J. (2005). Understanding by design. Ascd.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
European Educational Research Association (EERA), 2019
Keywords
theory-research-practice connection, teacher knowledge, research-based teacher education, English language education, Sweden
National Category
Pedagogy General Language Studies and Linguistics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-162048 (URN)
Conference
European Conference on Educational Research (ECER) 2019, "Education in an Era of Risk - the Role of Educational Research for the Future", Universität Hamburg, 3-6 September, 2019.
Available from: 2019-08-12 Created: 2019-08-12 Last updated: 2019-08-16
Vu, M. T. (2019). ‘University of the world’ or the globalised, entrepreneurial logic of professionalism management in the Vietnam context. Quality in Higher Education
Open this publication in new window or tab >>‘University of the world’ or the globalised, entrepreneurial logic of professionalism management in the Vietnam context
2019 (English)In: Quality in Higher Education, ISSN 1353-8322, E-ISSN 1470-1081Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This case study of a university in Vietnam examines how professionalism is established and managed in the university context as manifested in institutional quality assurance policies and practices towards academic staff development. By looking at both ‘regulations and instrumentalities’, the research showcases the different political forces involving in the making of professionalism. The findings suggest that the professionalism emerging from the case study is informed by a managerialist ethos. This striving university with its globalised logic can, in turn, be interpreted against a backdrop of larger socio-cultural contexts. In constructing the contemporary professionalism, there exist several forces and together they form an ecology system that includes both internal and external pressures under the overarching globalisation. A better understanding of these forces raises other questions about how they might change the traditional relationship between university and academic staff members, the impact of globalisation and the nature of teacher work and autonomy in higher education.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis Group, 2019
Keywords
Organisational professionalism, managerialism, university quality assurance, globalisation, Vietnam
National Category
General Language Studies and Linguistics Social Sciences
Research subject
education
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-164909 (URN)
Available from: 2019-11-05 Created: 2019-11-05 Last updated: 2019-11-05
Vu, M. T. (2018). The "practising adaptive expert": professionalism as constructed in Vietnam English language teacher policy. In: Subhan Zein and Richmond Stroupe (Ed.), English language teacher preparation in Asia: policy, research and practice (pp. 261-277). London: Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The "practising adaptive expert": professionalism as constructed in Vietnam English language teacher policy
2018 (English)In: English language teacher preparation in Asia: policy, research and practice / [ed] Subhan Zein and Richmond Stroupe, London: Routledge, 2018, p. 261-277Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Routledge, 2018
National Category
Pedagogy
Research subject
education
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-147050 (URN)9781138095366 (ISBN)9781315105680 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-04-25 Created: 2018-04-25 Last updated: 2019-05-29Bibliographically approved
Bindler, A., Vu, M. T. & Olsson, M. (2017). Academic literacies and PhD education?: Aspirations, implementation, and implications from a doctoral workshop series. In: : . Paper presented at Umeå University Teaching Conference 2017, 24-25 October, 2017, Umeå, Sweden. (pp. 54-55). Umeå: Universitetspedagogik och lärandestöd (UPL), Umeå universitet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Academic literacies and PhD education?: Aspirations, implementation, and implications from a doctoral workshop series
2017 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This presentation reports on the process of developing and implementing a workshop series for PhD students at the Academic Resource Centre, Umeå University, launched for the first time during the spring term 2017. Adopting an academic literacies model (Lea & Street, 1998, 2006) as the framework for the course’s underlying principles, its design and instruction, we propose that literacy in a university setting and especially at doctoral level can be understood not only as the individual, transferable cognitive skills of writing and reading. Rather, it is an interrelated, dynamic, and situated set of knowledge, skills, and personal attributes that support PhD students to acculturate themselves into their disciplinary discourses, as well as the academic community and wider social contexts.

Lea and Street’s (2006) academic literacies model draws from both the surface features of language form (the study skills model) and students’ acculturation into a disciplinary and subject area community (the academic socialisation model). However, the academic literacies model moves beyond the academic socialisation model by considering social processes (such as power, identity, and authority). This model has been used in different higher education contexts, enabling the conceptualising and reconceptualising of the knowledge students should learn and do with regards to academic writing and reading (e.g. Wingate, 2012; Castanheira, Street, & Carvalho, 2015; Guzmán-Simón, García-Jiménez, & López-Cobo, 2017).

In the particular setting of Umeå University, the Academic Resource Centre, University Library is the unit who provides academic support to students at all levels, including PhD students. From our experience as academic tutors, academic librarians and researchers working with the University’s doctoral students, we were able to identify their need for support not only with thesis texts written in English but also a range of capabilities such as article reading, research communicating, information searching, and publishing. These needs have also been expressed by PhD students themselves. As a result, the workshop series “Write here, Write now” was developed and implemented by the Academic Resource Centre during March – May 2017. Informed by the academic literacies model, a number of factors were considered as we approached writing. Besides the focus of helping students to improve their academic English, we wished to highlight that writing is a process which involves a myriad of competence, and it is a social practice rather than merely an individual cognitive skill. Above all, we aspired to develop a course that aligns with the national goals for Swedish PhD education which are set beyond the final thesis; the aim is to educate a critical, autonomous, creative, and responsible PhD researcher (Swedish Higher Education Ordinance, Annex 2, Qualifications Ordinance). The course should also be designed following the fundamental principles of teaching and learning in higher education that promote critical thinking, active learning, learner autonomy, and collaborative learning.

In our presentation, we will show how these aspirations have helped us with our attempts at defining “literacy” in PhD education at Umeå University as lying at the intersection of English language, research competence, and Information literacy. Examples of how we incorporated the intended contents and guiding principles in our pedagogical practices will be provided. Reflections on our roles as instructors and further implications regarding policy on PhD education in the Swedish context will also be discussed.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Universitetspedagogik och lärandestöd (UPL), Umeå universitet, 2017
Keywords
Academic literacies, PhD education
National Category
Languages and Literature Pedagogical Work
Research subject
Education
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-141305 (URN)
Conference
Umeå University Teaching Conference 2017, 24-25 October, 2017, Umeå, Sweden.
Available from: 2017-10-27 Created: 2017-10-27 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved
Vu, M. T. (2017). Logics and politics of professionalism: the case of university English language teachers in Vietnam. (Doctoral dissertation). Umeå: Umeå University
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Logics and politics of professionalism: the case of university English language teachers in Vietnam
2017 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Set against a changing backdrop of reforms in higher education and English language teaching (ELT), the thesis explores the notion of professionalism for university English teachers in Vietnam: What is defined as professionalism in this particular period of time? How is professionalism constructed in this context?

The research approaches professionalism as a critical concept: A list of aspired traits and features are always value-laden and concern the question of power. From this premise, the thesis discusses a “kaleidoscope” relationship between different actors in the making of professionalism. Using Freidson’s (2001) ideas on the contingencies of professionalism, the study views the notion as a process rather than a product. Professionalism has its own logic that needs to be respected, but this logic is also incidental to other logics for its establishment and development.

The study uses embedded case study to address its research questions. Defining the case as professionalism for university ELT teachers in contemporary Vietnam higher education, the thesis studies the notion as articulated at national, institutional, and individual levels. The primary data sources include five national policies, institutional policies and management practices at a university and its foreign languages department, and interviews with six academic managers and eleven ELT lecturers. The data were analysed using thematic analysis approach within constructivist, interpretive traditions.

The results show that professionalism for ELT lecturers in Vietnam can largely be characterised as a professionalism of entrepreneurship, measurability and functionality. ELT is largely considered as a tool for international integration. Each type of professionalism project involves several actors (the state, expert groups, the institution, and ELT academics) with their own logic, but they interrelate in responding to the imperatives of the knowledge-based economy and globalisation. How the meaning of professionalism is established and argued for by the different actors in this study reveals that it is not easy to conceptualise the notion in a binary system of “from above” professionalism versus “from within” professionalism; and “organisational” professionalism versus “occupational” professionalism. The complexities of the logics of professionalism – with an ”s”, affect whether a professionalisation project can be perceived as being positive or negative – Is it professionalisation or is it deprofessionalisation? The relativity of “from above” and “from within” reflects the contingencies of professionalism, and also suggests authority power is plural, shifting, and fluid, rather than single, normative, and static. Meanwhile, it means human’s individual power is not of an ultimate freedom but dependent on external conditions. With these considerations, the study proposes interpreting professionalism as a ”social contract”. This helps not only recognise a mutual relationship between the state, the institution, and academics, but also illuminate how each party enables, maintains, and contributes to this relationship.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Umeå University, 2017. p. 248
Series
Doktorsavhandlingar i pedagogiskt arbete, ISSN 1650-8858 ; 73Umeå studies in language and literature ; 34
Series
Umeå studies in the educational sciences ; 18
Keywords
professionalism, professionalisation, university English language teachers, higher education management, policy, embedded case study, Vietnam
National Category
Pedagogical Work Languages and Literature
Research subject
Education
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-130569 (URN)978-91-7601-631-2 (ISBN)
Public defence
2017-02-17, Hörsal F, Humanisthuset, Umeå, 13:15 (English)
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2017-01-27 Created: 2017-01-24 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved
Vu, M. T. (2016). Problematising ‘professionalism’ in contemporary higher education policies in Vietnam: The case of university English language teaching. In: : . Paper presented at ‘Teacher Education from a Global Perspective’, Teacher Education Policy in Europe (TEPE) network, University of Malta, 19-21 May 2016.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Problematising ‘professionalism’ in contemporary higher education policies in Vietnam: The case of university English language teaching
2016 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The global discourse of quality management has affected teacher professional work, skills, identities and autonomy (Hargreaves & Goodson, 1996; Mårtensson, Roxå, & Stensaker, 2014; Field, 2015). In Vietnam, the government has placed teacher quality high on the agenda, reflected in a number of newly introduced policies stipulating professional knowledge and skills standards. Focusing on university English language teachers, this study investigates the notion of ‘professionalism’ as it is presented in contemporary higher education policies in Vietnam. Viewing policy as discourse (Ball, 1993; Bacchi, 2000), the paper deconstructs ‘professionalism’ and reveals the politics behind its articulation in five major national-level policies that currently apply to English language academics. The findings indicate that a new kind of professionalism is being constructed – one that puts increasing demand upon teachers to take on new responsibilities not only within the classroom but also ! as responsive members of society. At the same time, there is a more pronounced presence of professional ELT groups in the development of these policies, calling English teachers to act with adaptive expertise and take charge of their work. The study thus suggests ‘professionalism’ is not constructed by one single group that holds power (i.e. government); rather, it results from an interaction between economic, political, cultural, and occupational discourses. This interaction of internal and external pressures, in the context of globalisation, forms an ecology system (Weaver-Hightower, 2008) and illustrates the relationship between the logics of bureaucracy, the market, and professionalism (Freidson, 2001). As such, the study provides another empirical insight into how different stakeholders engage in teacher quality policy discourse in an Asian nation, adding to prior discussions set in, for example, the US and European contexts (West, 2015; Spratt & Moscardini, 2015). Its findings also have implications for the design and development of teacher policies at both national and institutional levels.

National Category
Pedagogical Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-125177 (URN)
Conference
‘Teacher Education from a Global Perspective’, Teacher Education Policy in Europe (TEPE) network, University of Malta, 19-21 May 2016
Note

Conference presentation, Abstract (Refereed)

Available from: 2016-09-07 Created: 2016-09-07 Last updated: 2018-06-07Bibliographically approved
Vu, M. T. (2016). The Kaleidoscope Of English Language Teacher Professionalism: A Review Analysis Of Traits, Values, And Political Dimensions. Critical inquiry In Language Studies, 13(2), 132-156
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Kaleidoscope Of English Language Teacher Professionalism: A Review Analysis Of Traits, Values, And Political Dimensions
2016 (English)In: Critical inquiry In Language Studies, ISSN 1542-7587, E-ISSN 1542-7595, Vol. 13, no 2, p. 132-156Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

“Professionalism” is a contested notion. The general literature on this term has pointed out its complexities as both an occupational set of virtues and a political concept subject to social and power relations. In English language teaching (ELT), the term professionalism has also been viewed as being elusive and controversial. This article attempts to visualise this elusiveness by providing a review on how this notion has been approached in recent ELT research. The analysis, using a critical lens, suggests that similar to what is found in the general literature, in the ELT field professionalism also needs to be perceived and discussed beyond a trait-based conceptualisation. The construction of professionalism can be regarded as resulting from a “kaleidoscope” which creates different representations of the concept with particular values and political dimensions. Drawing on these findings, the article proposes that professionalism in ELT has a dynamic nature as being socially co-constructed by different parties and factors.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis Group, 2016
Keywords
professionalism, English language teaching, trait-based approach, critical approach, social coordination
National Category
Pedagogical Work General Language Studies and Linguistics
Research subject
Education
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-119431 (URN)10.1080/15427587.2016.1146890 (DOI)
Available from: 2016-04-19 Created: 2016-04-19 Last updated: 2018-06-07Bibliographically approved
Vu, M. T. (2016). “University of the World” or the Globalised Logic of Organisational Professionalism: A Case Study from Vietnam. In: : . Paper presented at European Conference on Educational Research (ECER) 2016 "Leading Education: The Distinct Contributions of Educational Research and Researchers", University College Dublin, 22-26 August, 2016.. European Educational Research Association (EERA)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>“University of the World” or the Globalised Logic of Organisational Professionalism: A Case Study from Vietnam
2016 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper focuses on the notion ‘organisational professionalism’ as it is constructed by contemporary discourses of higher education management. It investigates how professionalism is established and operationalised in a specific local site, which is a university in Vietnam, and studies the orientation of its institutional policies and management practices towards faculty development. In this way, by looking at both ‘regulations and instrumentalities’ (Freidson, 2001, p.136), the study provides an empirical analysis that showcases the different political forces involving in the making of professionalism.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
European Educational Research Association (EERA): , 2016
National Category
Pedagogical Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-125178 (URN)
External cooperation:
Conference
European Conference on Educational Research (ECER) 2016 "Leading Education: The Distinct Contributions of Educational Research and Researchers", University College Dublin, 22-26 August, 2016.
Note

Conference presentation, Extended abstract (Refereed)

Available from: 2016-09-07 Created: 2016-09-07 Last updated: 2018-06-07
Deutschmann, M. & Vu, M. T. (2015). Computer assisted language learning in language education: an overview of theories, methods, and current practices (1ed.). In: Eva Lindgren & Janet Enever (Ed.), Språkdidaktik: researching language teaching and learning (pp. 43-60). Umeå: Department of Language Studies, Umeå University
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Computer assisted language learning in language education: an overview of theories, methods, and current practices
2015 (English)In: Språkdidaktik: researching language teaching and learning / [ed] Eva Lindgren & Janet Enever, Umeå: Department of Language Studies, Umeå University , 2015, 1, p. 43-60Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Department of Language Studies, Umeå University, 2015 Edition: 1
Series
Umeå studies in language and literature ; 26
National Category
Didactics
Research subject
language teaching and learning
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-106898 (URN)978-91-7601-194-2 (ISBN)
Available from: 2015-08-12 Created: 2015-08-12 Last updated: 2018-06-07Bibliographically approved
Organisations
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ORCID iD: ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0003-1001-6156

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