An investigation of the perceptions of foreign ESL teachers in China towards teacher accountability: a comparison between Chinese ESL teachers and foreign ESL teachers in China

Zhao, Hailiang (2015) An investigation of the perceptions of foreign ESL teachers in China towards teacher accountability: a comparison between Chinese ESL teachers and foreign ESL teachers in China. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

This study investigated external and internal accountability of foreign ESL teachers in China through a comparison with Chinese local ESL teachers. A cross-sectional survey design was used. Two research questions were developed from a literature review to examine foreign ESL teachers' perceptions toward external accountability and internal accountability. Questionnaires from forty-five ESL teachers and eighty-one Chinese local ESL teachers were collected through an on-line survey. Data of teachers' perceptions towards four constructs: external accountability (outside expectations), external accountability (school management), internal accountability (professional duty), and internal accountability (feelings about work), were analyzed. The findings showed that foreign teachers perceived that they were held externally accountable with regard to outside expectations, and they were not held externally accountable for school management. In terms of internal accountability, foreign teachers perceived that they held themselves highly accountable in both the construct of professional duty and the construct of feelings about work.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/11898
Item ID: 11898
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (pages 67-77).
Keywords: Foreign ESL Teachers, External Accountability, Internal Accountability
Department(s): Education, Faculty of
Date: 2015
Date Type: Submission
Geographic Location: China
Library of Congress Subject Heading: English language--Study and teaching--Chinese speakers; English teachers--Rating of--China; Teachers, Foreign--China--Attitudes; Educational accountability--China

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