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Title: Expertise in EFL textbook evaluation
Author: Kim, Mija
Awarding Body: Lancaster University
Current Institution: Lancaster University
Date of Award: 2010
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This thesis reports on a study of expertise in English as a foreign language (EFL) textbook evaluation. So far, studies in the area of EFL textbook evaluation have focused on what evaluators should do, rather than what they actually do. However, this thesis describes the procedures used in practice by a group of teacher evaluators in terms of what they focused on and their manner of doing so, in their actual evaluation of an EFL textbook. The study was conducted in the Korean high school setting, where school teachers are required to choose from among the 'authorised' EFL textbooks approved by the Ministry of Education. The primary heuristic involved in the study was the concept of 'expertise' . The attempt was therefore made to distinguish between the textbook evaluation approach of the research subjects who were conceptualised as, on the one hand, 'expert' evaluators and, on the other, those thought of as 'non-experts'. Thus, twelve Korean EFL school teachers were chosen to evaluate one of the authorised EFL textbooks, and data gathered concerning their evaluations by means of concurrent verbalisation, i.e., the research subjects were audio-taped while providing 'think-aloud' accounts of their evaluation procedures. A 'judgment group', comprising a panel of personnel with distinguished records in the areas of textbook evaluation and production in the Korean context, then examined the data from the evaluations and made judgements on their quality in terms of whether they were considered 'expert', 'non-expert' or 'in- between' the two. The transcripts of the evaluation session tapes were coded using a 'grounded' approach, in order to distinguish the features attaching to each of the three main categories of evaluators. The analysis indicated that the expert evaluators evaluated at a much deeper level than the non-experts, as evinced by what they considered, what their priorities were, and the nature of the cognitive activities they used. The study is seen to have pedagogic implications for both textbook development and teacher development, as well as for the development of a research framework that bridges a current gap in textbook evaluation studies. It is also seen as contributing to widening the potential for the application of an expertise perspective within applied linguistics in general.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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