Impact of Professional Development Program for Primary Teachers of Tef – Network Schools
This study highlights the importance of need-based, purposefully designed and contextually relevant continuous teacher education for primary teachers to ensure accessible quality education. It highlighted that professional development (PD) opportunities should also be offered to teachers of underprivileged areas because; these teachers are low-paid, unable to afford the cost of professional development education and lack of motivation in this regards.The Education Foundation is a Civil Society Organization, not-for-profit organization. It has been offering various courses for In-service teachers; TEF is networked with over100 schools located in under-privileged areas of Jamshed Town. Karachi. TEF is replacing traditional teacher-centered traditional teaching methods by promotion of activity-based /student-centered teaching-learning strategies in its network schools. It is being done successfully through awareness raising and professional skills development course for every subject exclusively. The targeted skills are: effective teaching strategies, development of low-cost or no-cost learning resources, innovative student-led activities and application of student-centered teaching-learning process followed by multiple assessment and evaluation techniques. In this study 70 teachers from 18 schools who has participated in different TEF-PD courses stated their views about five areas. These areas include the effectiveness of TEF-PD courses, TEF –PD’s faculty, TEF’s role in school development, TEF as a learning organization and TEF’s environment. This study also reflects the teachers’ perceptions about change in their belief and teaching practices.
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