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Article: The 'falling' language standards and teachers' professional vulnerability in Hong Kong

TitleThe 'falling' language standards and teachers' professional vulnerability in Hong Kong
Authors
KeywordsContextual mediation
Internet-based inquiry
Paradox of power
Professional vulnerability
The chinese cultural tradition
The teaching profession
Issue Date2011
PublisherRoutledge. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/02671522.asp
Citation
Research Papers In Education, 2011, v. 26 n. 4, p. 485-498 How to Cite?
AbstractThere has been a widespread belief that teachers in Asian contexts including Japan and China are well protected by a tradition that reveres teachers. However, in Chinese contexts, cultural traditions have been found to undermine the teaching profession, together with educational reforms and societal changes. This paper reports on an inquiry that explored the social censure of teachers, especially language teachers in Hong Kong. The inquiry took advantage of an Internet discussion concerning the 'falling' language standards, a widespread concern in the region. The analysis of the discussion revealed the high expectations that the public had for language teachers as well as the increasingly complex conditions for teachers' professional practices due to ongoing educational reforms and cultural changes. The Internet discussion also offers a unique opportunity to examine how the teaching profession was constructed in these discourses and provides insights into teachers' professional vulnerability in Hong Kong. © 201 Taylor & Francis.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/152898
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2015 Impact Factor: 0.82
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.765
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dc.date.issued2011en_HK
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dc.description.abstractThere has been a widespread belief that teachers in Asian contexts including Japan and China are well protected by a tradition that reveres teachers. However, in Chinese contexts, cultural traditions have been found to undermine the teaching profession, together with educational reforms and societal changes. This paper reports on an inquiry that explored the social censure of teachers, especially language teachers in Hong Kong. The inquiry took advantage of an Internet discussion concerning the 'falling' language standards, a widespread concern in the region. The analysis of the discussion revealed the high expectations that the public had for language teachers as well as the increasingly complex conditions for teachers' professional practices due to ongoing educational reforms and cultural changes. The Internet discussion also offers a unique opportunity to examine how the teaching profession was constructed in these discourses and provides insights into teachers' professional vulnerability in Hong Kong. © 201 Taylor & Francis.en_HK
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dc.subjectContextual mediationen_HK
dc.subjectInternet-based inquiryen_HK
dc.subjectParadox of poweren_HK
dc.subjectProfessional vulnerabilityen_HK
dc.subjectThe chinese cultural traditionen_HK
dc.subjectThe teaching professionen_HK
dc.titleThe 'falling' language standards and teachers' professional vulnerability in Hong Kongen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.emailGao, X: xsgao@hku.hken_HK
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