On the cultivation of their community of practice: A case study of EFL Malaysian pre- service teachers

El Masry, Taghreed and Saad, Mohd Rashid Mohd (2018) On the cultivation of their community of practice: A case study of EFL Malaysian pre- service teachers. Qualitative Report, 23 (4). pp. 952-977. ISSN 1052-0147

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Abstract

This study examined the experiences of five EFL student teachers/pre-service teachers (PSTs) who participated in a Community of Practice (CoP) during their simulated teaching course and the practicum stage or teaching practice (TP), at The University of Malaya, a public Malaysian university. The experiences and tensions they encountered through this stage were discussed in the light of cultivating their CoP over five stages. Joining the CoP, increasing participation and negotiation of one’s tacit knowledge and assumptions were found to be productive at their learning to teach stage. However, some tensions, such as English proficiency level, self-confidence and agency, power relationships and worries of assessment persisted until the end of their practice. The results highlighted the significance of collaboration, reflection and social interactions with other CoP members as key to PSTs’ learning.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Pre-Service Teachers; Community of Practice; Simulated Teaching; Practicum; Social Context; Case Study
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Divisions: Faculty of Education
Depositing User: Mr. Faizal Hamzah
Date Deposited: 04 May 2011 02:11
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2019 09:12
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/1154

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