Research on second language teacher education: A sociocultural perspective on professional development

Karen E. Johnson, Paula R. Golombek

Research output: Book/ReportBook

48 Scopus citations


This systematic examination of teacher professional development illuminates in multiple ways the discursive practices that shape teachers’ knowing, thinking, and doing and provides a window into how alternative mediational means can create opportunities for teachers to move toward more theoretically and pedagogically sound instructional practices within the settings and circumstances of their work. The chapters represent both native and nonnative English speaking pre-service and in-service L2 teachers at all levels from K-12 through higher education, and examine significant challenges that are present in L2 teacher education programs, namely top–down implementation of educational policies and mandated curricular reforms, the creation and impact of inquiry-based professional development programs, the fostering of concept development in L2 teacher education programs.

Embracing a sociocultural theoretical perspective on human cognition and employing an array of methodological tools for data collection and analysis, this volume documents the complexities of second language (L2) teachers’ professional development in diverse L2 teacher education programs around the world, including Asia, South America, Europe, and North America, and traces that development both over time and within the broader cultural, historical, and institutional settings and circumstances of teachers’ work.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages285
ISBN (Print)9780203844991
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Sciences(all)


Dive into the research topics of 'Research on second language teacher education: A sociocultural perspective on professional development'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this