Global Teacher Training Based on a Multiple Perspective Assessment: A Knowledge Building Community for Future Assistant Language Teachers
Haruhiko Sato and
Satoko Sugie Additional contact information Yuri Nishihori: Sapporo Otani University, Japan
Chizuko Kushima: Tsuda College, Japan
Yuichi Yamamoto: Hokkaido University, Japan
Haruhiko Sato: Hokkaido University, Japan
Satoko Sugie: Hokkaido University, Japan
The main objective of this project is to design and implement Web-based collaborative environments for a global training based on a multiple perspective assessment for future and novice ALTs (Assistant Language Teachers) who will come to Japan from various parts of the world. The system was created in order to give better chances to acquire professional knowledge in advance with support from experienced senior teachers, both Japanese teachers and former ALTs. Computer Support for Collaborative Learning (CSCL) was adopted as a platform for their online discussion with much focus on multiple perspective assessment to support social and personalized aspects such as individual accountability and contribution to the collaboration. Initial results are reported using the analysis of system design and the Web-based questionnaire answered by the participants involved in this knowledge-building forum.