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You searched Library Catalogue - Author: Wong, Tat Meng
Call Number (WOU) SP MEd 2018 1
Author Lim Sher Ping
Title Factors affecting professional development amongst school teacher / Esther Lim Sher Ping
Abstract This research examines school teachers’ perceptions of the impact of their professional development experience on teaching practice. Teachers’ professional development is often regarded as the key to successful education reforms. Hence, teachers are expected to experience continuous professional development to keep abreast with the relentless change taking place in the education system. However, problems arise when too much emphasis is placed on making sure that teachers take part in professional development initiatives. To some teachers, professional development is seen as a burden and not as an opportunity to improve their practice as the reforms has intended. This happens as the teachers are made to take part in various standardised professional development programmes that are not tailored to their specific needs. As a result it has become less effective in helping the teachers improve their own practice. This research takes the form of a qualitative study that employs two (2) research instruments, namely questionnaires that are filled in by all the teachers and five (5) semi-structured interview sessions. This research study is guided by three (3) key questions. The findings reveal that the participants have issues with sustaining changes to their practice and they are also struggling to create more opportunities for school-based professional development. In addition, this study also stressed on the need for the participants to have sufficient support and follow-up during that time to ensure that changes in teaching practice are best sustained.
Notes Final project report submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Master of Education.
Publisher/Year Penang : School of Education, Languages and Communication, Wawasan Open University, 2018
Subject Professional development -- Learning
Subject Education

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