A1 Journal article (refereed)
EFL Teacher Education in Finland : Manifestations of Professional Agency in Teacher Educators’ Work (2020)

Green, C., & Pappa, S. (2020). EFL Teacher Education in Finland : Manifestations of Professional Agency in Teacher Educators’ Work. Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, In press. https://doi.org/10.1080/00313831.2020.1739128

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All authors or editors: Green, Crystal; Pappa, Sotiria

Journal or series: Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research

ISSN: 0031-3831

eISSN: 1470-1170

Publication year: 2020

Volume: In press

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/00313831.2020.1739128

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Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/77623


English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teacher educators play a key role in the development of university-based teacher education and the preparation of preservice EFL teachers. However, the professional agency of EFL teacher educators in developing their work remains understudied. Employing a Vygotskian sociocultural theoretical perspective, this research considers the individual and collective professional agency of eight EFL teacher educators at two Finnish universities. Findings demonstrate that individual professional agency is enacted in the expression of professional identity and the development of professional relationships, and in offering and receiving professional assistance. Findings also demonstrate that collective agency occurs in the shared development of routine practices and the transformation of EFL education, and in responding to shifts in power dynamics. These findings affirm the roles of identity and relational agency in enacting professional agency as well as the object-oriented nature of EFL teacher educators’ collective agency.

Keywords: teacher training; language teachers; foreign languages; professional identity; human agency; sociocultural factors

Free keywords: Finnish teacher education; EFL teacher education; teacher educator; professional agency; collective agency; sociocultural approach

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Reporting Year: 2020

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