Theorizing and Analyzing Language Teacher Agency Edited by: Hayriye Kayi-Aydar, Xuesong (Andy) Gao, Elizabeth R. Miller, Manka Varghese, Gergana Vitanova

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30 Jun 2019
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This volume examines the agency of second/foreign language teachers in diverse geographical contexts and in both K-12 and adult education. It offers new understandings and conceptualizations of second/foreign language teacher agency through a variety of types of empirical data. It also demonstrates the use of different methodologies or analytic tools to study the multidimensional, dynamic and complex nature of second/foreign language teacher agency. The chapters draw on a range of theories and approaches to language teacher agency (including ecological theory, positioning theory, complexity theory and actor-network theory) that expand our understanding of the concept, while at the same time presenting various analytic approaches such as discourse studies and narrative inquiry. The chapters also analyze the connection of agency to other relevant topics, such as teacher identity, emotions, positioning and autonomy.


This edited volume is a welcome addition to the growing literature on teacher identity with a specific emphasis on teacher agency. The contributors focus on the complexities of teacher agency in a wide range of K-12 and adult education contexts, employing high-level theorizing and innovative research methodologies. This volume is a must-read for anyone interested in understanding how teachers can and do make a difference.

- David Block, ICREA and Universitat de Lleida, Spain

Author Biography:

Hayriye Kayi-Aydar is an Assistant Professor of English Applied Linguistics at the University of Arizona, USA.

Xuesong (Andy) Gao is an Associate Professor in the School of Education at the University of New South Wales, Australia.

Elizabeth R. Miller is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA.

Manka Varghese is an Associate Professor at the University of Washington, Seattle, USA.

Gergana Vitanova is an Associate Professor at the University of Central Florida, USA.

Readership Level:

Postgraduate, Research / Professional

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