An exploratory study of professional development programs offered for in-service English Language public school teachers in Palestine

Other Title(s)

دراسة استكشافية لبرامج التطوير المهني المقدمة لمعلمي اللغة الإنجليزية في المدارس الحكومية في فلسطين

Dissertant

Nassar, Silvia

Thesis advisor

Khalidi, Musa

University

Birzeit University

Faculty

Faculy of Education

Department

Department of Curriculum and Instruction

University Country

Palestine (West Bank)

Degree

Master

Degree Date

2019

English Abstract

-This study aimed at examining, comparing and contrasting the currently available professional development (PD) programs for English as a foreign language (EFL) teachers working at public schools in Palestine.

This research adopts a constructivism theory approach where individuals are responsible for their own learning, and therefore construct their own knowledge.

The design of this study was exploratory in nature utilizing a qualitative approach.

The participants for this study were EFL teachers working in public schools in Palestine who had participated in different PD programs, as well as teacher trainers.

The sample consisted of twelve EFL teachers and eleven teacher trainers and program designers.

Data was collected using in-depth semi-structured interviews with the teachers and trainers, that aimed at exploring any potential impact of the various programs on the teachers.

The interviews were intended to have teachers describe their perspectives and experiences with the PD programs.

They also aimed at having trainers elaborate on the programs, to gain more insight about the operation and content of the programs and their impact on EFL teachers.

To ensure validity of the data collected from the interviews, triangulation was used where data was obtained from the teachers and trainers.

External reliability was also checked and the compatibility ratio in the results of the analysis was about 82%.

Thematic analysis was used to analyze the data.

From the analysis, teachers and teacher trainers identified the areas of differences and similarities between the programs.

Moreover, ten main features emerged from the findings that are key to having a successful PD program: clear selection criteria for teachers, assessing teachers' needs, explicit objectives, a mix of deep content and pedagogy, provide reflection and feedback, systematic follow-up, have expert trainers, contextualize the content, aim to create a community of learners by ensuring active learning and appreciate teachers who actively develop their skills.

The study ended up with a set of concrete recommendations for a possible model for PD, as well as, recommendations for practice and future research.

There was a consideration of the possible implications of these findings for teacher and teacher education in Palestine, and for policy making bodies in the Ministry of Education and Higher Education

Main Topic

Educational Sciences

Topics

No. of Pages

138

Table of Contents

Table of contents.

Abstract.

Abstract in Arabic.

Chapter One : Research background.

Chapter Two : Research theoretical framework and literature review.

Chapter Three : Methodology.

Chapter Four : Research findings.

Chapter Five : Discussion and recommendations.

References.

American Psychological Association (APA)

Nassar, Silvia. (2019). An exploratory study of professional development programs offered for in-service English Language public school teachers in Palestine. (Master's theses Theses and Dissertations Master). Birzeit University, Palestine (West Bank)
https://search.emarefa.net/detail/BIM-957636

Modern Language Association (MLA)

Nassar, Silvia. An exploratory study of professional development programs offered for in-service English Language public school teachers in Palestine. (Master's theses Theses and Dissertations Master). Birzeit University. (2019).
https://search.emarefa.net/detail/BIM-957636

American Medical Association (AMA)

Nassar, Silvia. (2019). An exploratory study of professional development programs offered for in-service English Language public school teachers in Palestine. (Master's theses Theses and Dissertations Master). Birzeit University, Palestine (West Bank)
https://search.emarefa.net/detail/BIM-957636

Language

English

Data Type

Arab Theses

Record ID

BIM-957636