Exploring Changes in Teachers' Instructional Practice through Self-evaluation as a Meditational Activity: A Case Study

Umi Tursini
2017 Journal of Language Teaching and Research  
This study investigated an Indonesian English language teacher's instructional practice and the extent to which the practice capable of change as a result of engagement in mediated self-evaluation. The study was framed using Vygotsky's sociocultural theories. A case study, which drew on multiple data sources including interviews, classroom observations, and documentation, was employed. A range of artefacts including lesson video recording, student feedback, and collegial dialogue are used to
more » ... ogue are used to self-evaluate teacher's instructional practice. The qualitative analysis suggested that self-evaluation involving teacher's self-reflection on teaching in Indonesian university contexts had significant potential for mediating changes in instructional practice. The findings also revealed that teacher self-evaluation led to heightened self-reflection through which teachers understood themselves and their instructional practice more deeply in terms of their strengths and areas for development. This suggests that teacher self-evaluation contributes to professional learning by empowering teachers to transform their practice. Given that teacher self-evaluation is still a relatively new phenomenon in the Indonesian educational context; the positive outcomes reported in this study are promising. Hence, it is reasonable to recommend that educational leaders in Indonesia provide opportunities for teachers to formally self-evaluate. The necessary provisions must therefore be in place and will ideally include formal training or workshops on how to perform a self-evaluation, the allocation of time to carry out the process, and ongoing support to address teachers' needs and concerns about the process in terms of consistency and timeliness.
doi:10.17507/jltr.0803.14 fatcat:jth24c72tnazjesswyqqc5bc7q