PEER COACHING IN MALAYSIA: EXPLORING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF A PROFESSIONAL LEARNING COMMUNITIES PROGRAMME FOR ARABIC LANGUAGE SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHERS

K Saad
2019
The main aim of this study was to gain a greater understanding of the peer coaching practices in Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) amongst Arabic language secondary school teachers in Malaysia. The Malaysian Ministry of Education (MOE) made a commendable commitment to transform teaching into the profession of choice as outlined in the Malaysian Education Blueprint 2013 - 2025. A concomitant of this commitment is that it has become evident that the quality of teachers' Continuous
more » ... nal Development (CPD) programmes needs to be enhanced in order to enable teachers to achieve their full potential in their chosen profession. One method of improving such programmes is through the use of peer coaching but the implementation of such an approach has, however, been made problematic by the fact that there has been comparatively little research on peer coaching practice in PLCs in Malaysia. Indeed, prior to the research reported in this submission, it has been uncertain if peer coaching practice in Malaysia affects teachers' commitment and self-efficacy in a way that will improve student learning. Furthermore, the nature and level of support from the Principals and State Officers in encouraging teachers to practise peer coaching has also been unclear. This study sought to address the lack of empirical evidence in this important topic through a mixed method sequential explanatory study. In the first quantitative phase, the assessment measures were through the use of: i) a Peer Observation Scale (POS); ii) an Organisational Commitment Questionnaire (OCQ), and; iii) a Teacher Self-Efficacy Scale (TSES). Data were collected from 179 Arabic language teachers in two types of secondary schools in Malaysia. All of the descriptive analysis was measured by frequencies and percentages of the responses; inferential analysis measured the comparison between demographic backgrounds using an independent t-test and analysis of Variance; and the correlation between the variables was conducted using Spearman's correlation coeffic [...]
doi:10.24377/ljmu.t.00011723 fatcat:arlpar5bybdwjiggoahgai3ceu