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College English Teacher Development in China

A Mixed-method Study

Jiying Han

This study addresses the professional development of college English teachers in mainland China. It is designed to examine the relationship between teachers’ motivation and their attitudinal elements including teacher engagement and commitment, and teaching approaches. This study adopts a mixed-method design that starts with a quantitative phase in which data were collected and analysed to examine the hypothesised predictive power of teachers’ motivation on their engagement, commitment and teaching approaches. In the second phase, qualitative data acquired via semi-structured interviews and documentary analysis were collected to further interpret, explain and elaborate the quantitative results in greater depth. As language teaching has been an often-researched discipline in the teacher motivation literature, this study prompts one to rethink and reflect on the effectiveness of college English curriculum reform and provides implications for current college English teaching and the development of college English teachers.

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Chapter 4: The Characteristics of College English Teachers’ Goal Orientations for Teaching

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Chapter 4:   The Characteristics of College English Teachers’ Goal Orientations for Teaching

4.1   Overview

The literature informs that achievement goal theory is a promising framework for research into teacher motivation. However, the existing literature on teacher motivation, particularly from the perspective of achievement goal orientation theory, has mainly focused on primary and secondary school teachers, and very little is known about teachers in higher education, especially in a non-Western context. To fill the gaps in present knowledge base, this chapter aims to explore the characteristics of college English teachers’ goal orientations for teaching in mainland China, and it is designed to address the following research question:

What are the characteristics of college English teachers’ achievement goal orientations for teaching in mainland China?

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