Teachers' perceptions on their actual teaching performances: a case study of English preparatory school teachers' perceptions in Eastern Mediterranean University of North Cyprus

Sonyel, B. (2010) Teachers' perceptions on their actual teaching performances: a case study of English preparatory school teachers' perceptions in Eastern Mediterranean University of North Cyprus. EdD thesis, University of Nottingham.

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Abstract

This research is carried out to explore teachers’ perspectives upon their teaching practices with respect to the in-service training program, C.O.T.E. they had been through. Teaching and in-service training have always been my interest area. Besides, after having informal conversations with the administrators from the Ministry of Education and owing to my observations, in North Cyprus the current education system needs to reformed considering main themes such as curriculum, in-service, pre-service training, material and curriculum design, lifelong learning, duration of school hours, financial issues and so forth.

In this qualitative research, two major research questions guided this study. As a researcher the constructivist philosophical stance has been employed due to the fact that the purpose is to investigate teachers’ perspectives and in order to achieve this teachers themselves constructed their own perspectives on their teaching practices. Questionnaire, semi-structured interviews, video recording methods were used to gather the data. Questionnaire is used at the beginning of this research to grasp the general picture and at the same time to determine the number of participants. Then, semi structured interviews as pre and post were used to grasp a deeper understanding of teachers’ perspectives and video recordings were used to reflect teachers’ perspectives on their actual teaching practices.

I finalized the research study by analysing and triangulating the participants’responses in relation to two major points as follows:

o The effectiveness of the programme on teachers’ practice as evidenced through video recordings and discussions of their teaching.

o Teachers’ perceptions of C.O.T.E with respect to the effectiveness of the training programme in course design, materials and practical experiences.

I ended the research with the voice of the participants by underlying the significance and effectiveness of in-service training programs in general. The limitations of this study with the recommendations for further research are suggested at the end.

Item Type:Thesis (EdD)
Supervisors:Fisher, A.M.
Coyle, D.
Faculties/Schools:UK Campuses > Faculty of Social Sciences, Law and Education > School of Education
ID Code:1211
Deposited By:Dr Bengi Sonyel
Deposited On:13 Oct 2010 09:44
Last Modified:13 Oct 2010 09:44

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