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Teacher’s leadership in web-based language courses in Dalarna University, Sweden
Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, Portuguese.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9881-0268
2012 (English)In: International conference “ICT for Language Learning”: Conference Proceedings, Florence, Italy: , 2012, 411-413 p.Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this presentation is to discuss how teacher’s leadership can be used as a teaching method in web based language education. The environments that offer online courses provide a wide field for discussion on the contact between teacher and student. My intention is to contribute to the debate on teacher leadership in online courses. In my earlier studies on leadership, I have explored how some religious leaders affected different social movements in Brazil during the military dictatorship (1964-1985). Pruth (2004) by examining the three kinds of legitimacy described by Max Weber I aimed at seeing and analyzing how religious leaders used different teaching methods to explain their messages to ordinary citizens. Thus my research showed how educational leadership is a way to get people to reach their goals. I became interested in the subject teacher’s leadership whenI participated in a survey of the teaching methods of language courses in Dalarna University which is funded by the NGL Center of Dalarna University. In  this project, we have made interviews with the teachers, undertaken the course plans (in the language department at Dalarna University) and categorized the learning outcomes. A questionnaire was constructed based on the learning outcomes and then either sent out remotely to teachers or completed face to face through interviews. The answers provided to the questionnaires enabled the  project to identify many differences in how language teachers interact with their students but  also, the way of giving feedback, motivating and helping students, types of class activities and materials used. This made me aware of how teachers use their leadership or not in their teaching. My focus is to look at the relationship between teachers and students as an important part of the development and quality of online courses. The teacher's performance on campus is different from online courses. I want to understand how the contact between teachers and students in online courses develop and look at how students can make use of this contact and what influence the teacher's leadership has on the ability for the students to achieve the goals of their course

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Florence, Italy: , 2012. 411-413 p.
, ICT for Language Learning, 5
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Teacher´s leadership
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Education and Learning, Pedagogiska metoder i nätbaserad språkundervisning
URN: urn:nbn:se:du-11679ISBN: 978-88-6292-309-5OAI: diva2:586953
International conference “ICT for Language Learning” 5th edition, November 15th, 2012 to November 16th, 2012, Florence (Italy)
ICT - The Next Generation
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