3:00 - 3:50 PM
Teachers Identifying Obstacles to Ideal Classrooms
Todd Terhune Hannam University, Korea Brian Heidenbrand
Jeonju University, Korea
The presenters will share the results of an international survey
followed by a discussion time to talk about problems and solutions
that the participants face.
The premise of the survey was to find out how teachers identify and
rank obstacles to the "ideal" classroom in different contexts and cultures.
Survey participants were native and non-native English teachers in various
work environments in the United States and South Korea. They were asked
to identify and rank a variety of perceived economic, political, technological,
interpersonal, personal, and resource limitations to performing the job
of teaching as each one understood it should be done. Participants were
also asked to relate any relevant successes and failures in dealing with
bureaucrats, administrators, co- workers, parents, students, and self in
the process of overcoming obstacles to effective teaching.