Beliefs, practices, and interactions of teachers in a Japanese high school English department

Kazuyoshi Sato, Robert C. Kleinsasser

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This study reveals the school culture and the teachers' professional development activities in a Japanese high school learning environment. Furthermore, it documents the relationships among the context, teachers' beliefs, practices, and interactions. Using multiple data sources including interviews, observations, and documents of teachers from an English department, this yearlong study revealed these English as a Foreign Language teachers lacked many teacher learning opportunities in their context. The study revealed that teacher collaboration only reinforced existing practices, eroding teachers' motivation to learn to teach in this specific context. The study provides evidence to teacher educators about inservice teachers and their learning environment and the significance of the relationships between the two entities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)797-816
Number of pages20
JournalTeaching and Teacher Education
Issue number8
StatePublished - Nov 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Beliefs
  • Interactions
  • Practices
  • School culture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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