Private Pädagogische Hochschule Graz
Mercer, Sarah Jane; Univ.-Prof. BA. M.A. Ph.D
Gruber, Marie-Theres; Prof. BEd MA PhD.
Fürstenberg, Ulla; Dr.in
Kletzenbauer, Petra; Mag.a
Oberdorfer, Pia; Mag.a
Reitbauer, Margit; Ao. Univ.-Prof.in Dr.in
Recent years have seen a dramatic increase in the implementation of CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) structures and pedagogical designs in schools across the educational lifespan including primary, secondary and tertiary domains. However, the ways in which CLIL have been introduced vary widely across sectors and individual schools, with some receiving excellent support and training and others receiving very little, if any at all. In addition, the practitioners’ professional biographies can also vary dramatically from
experienced to non-experienced teachers, from teachers who, in the Austrian context, have English as their second subject to others who have never experienced any formal training in
the language of instruction. Thus, working in CLIL contexts can potentially represent a considerable challenge to teachers’ self-concepts as professional educators, given that it requires competences in both language and subject domains and not all teachers may have received formalised training in these areas or in specific CLIL methodologies. An extensive body of research has repeatedly shown that an individual’s self-concept is centrally important for their overall psychology including their motivation, affect, ability to selfregulate, sense of agency, professional success, and general levels of professional well-being. Given the pace at which CLIL is being extended across educational settings within Austria and, indeed, across the globe as well as higher rates of teacher burnout, it has become a pressing priority for researchers to understand the potential effects of working in CLIL contexts on the psychology of teachers, in particular their self-concepts. To do this, the
proposed study takes a multi-method, two-phase, hybrid exploratory design combining insights from semi-structured, in-depth interviews, longitudinal data and online questionnaires with teachers from across Austria in a range of teaching contexts across the educational lifespan.