Educational Acmeology. Developmental Psychology

Izvestiya of Saratov University.

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Nikitina G. A. Developing the individual teaching style in foreign language teacher training universities. Izvestiya of Saratov University. Educational Acmeology. Developmental Psychology, 2022, vol. 11, iss. 2, pp. 100-111. DOI: 10.18500/2304-9790-2022-11-2-100-111

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Developing the individual teaching style in foreign language teacher training universities

Nikitina Galina A., Saratov State University

The present study is of relevance due to the necessity to develop an individual style of professional activity of intending teachers or their individual teaching style (ITS). This necessity is determined by the social and cultural signifi cance of the phenomenon under study and by the rapid pace of changes happening in the educational context today. The purpose of the study is theoretical interpretation of the concept of ITS of intending foreign language (FL) teachers and of its social and cultural signifi cance in the context of teacher training case study. The author hypothesizes that to a large extent the ITS of intending teachers is formed within the framework of the professional courses in the fi rst three years of the university studies. An important condition that contributes to the eff ective ITS development is the use of practical training, quasi-professional activities, analysis of professional tasks and case-study in the educational process, creation of the digital environment to support students’ individual professional growth. The prevailing design of the study is of a qualitative nature. However, the applied methods of observation and statistical analysis are implemented, too. The research methods include theoretical justifi cation of the key concept of the work through comparative analysis, interpretation, classifi cation and specifi cation, case study and experience analysis of the ways a FL teacher training programme is implemented. The case study is based on the survey results. The survey was carried out on a sample of the 3rd- and 4th-year students of the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Linguodidactics of Saratov State University (methodology by A. M. Markova and A. Ya. Nikonova was implemented, the sample size was n = 126 people). As a result, the article specifi es the concept of ITS for the context of FL teacher training, identifi es the components of the ITS hierarchical structure, and singles out particular factors and methods of ITS development at the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Linguodidactics. Our results cast a new light on the phenomenon under study in the context of FL teacher training. The initial hypothesis was confi rmed, since the research revealed no strong correction of the ITS of the 4th-year students in correlation to the data collected for the 3rd-year students.

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