Exploring EFL Teachers’ Perspectives on TPACK Development in Post-COVID Era China: The Role of In-Service Teacher Education Programs (75023)

Session Information: Professional Training, Development & Concerns in Education
Session Chair: Neal Luo

Thursday, 23 November 2023 11:20
Session: Session 2
Room: Room 704
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

Enhancing English as a Foreign Language (EFL) proficiency in academic and career domains has become increasingly vital in the context of advancing globalization. To ensure the effectiveness of EFL teachers in this pursuit, the Technological Pedagogical and Content Knowledge (TPACK) framework serves as a pivotal tool in assessing their capabilities. EFL teachers can acquire TPACK through in-service teacher education programs, self-learning avenues, and other means. The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic mandated a shift in the application of technologies into teaching, necessitating adaptations in traditional teaching methodologies. Against this backdrop, this study delves into the perspectives of EFL teachers in post-COVID China, concerning their TPACK development. Specifically, the study focuses on the efficacy of in-service teacher education programs and self-learning approaches. Employing a mixed-methods approach, the study conducted an internet-based questionnaire, receiving 152 valid responses, and held semi-structured interviews with 7 EFL teachers from public secondary schools in Guangdong Province, China. Findings of the study emphasize the paramount importance that EFL teachers place on continuous TPACK improvement to elevate their teaching proficiency. They observed the direct impact of the COVID-19 lockdown period on their TPACK application. While in-service teacher education programs yield some benefits, there remains significant scope for enhancing their effectiveness in facilitating TPACK development among EFL teachers.

Ruiqing Zhao, University College London, United Kingdom

About the Presenter(s)
Ms. Ruiqing Zhao has completed her Master of Education degree at University College London. Her research interests encompass teacher education, executive education and EFL education.

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00