Challenges and Opportunities in the Implementation of School-Based Teacher Professional Development: A Case from Kenya

Patriciah Wanjiku Wambugu, Kris Stutchbury, Joan Dickie

Abstract


This study investigated how a school-based professional development programme, designed by the Headteacher and staff of a Kenyan primary school, and delivered by a Teacher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa (TESSA) team, supported teacher learning and growth. The TESSA team observed teaching in the classroom before the implementation of the school-based teacher professional programme. This was followed by the training of the teachers in the school. The TESSA team did an evaluation of the school-based training programme through classroom observation, an interview schedule and a teacher questionnaire. The evaluations were done three months and one year, respectively, after the school-based training.  The findings indicate that teachers experienced professional growth through collaborative learning with colleagues, used a greater range of approaches and learned to self-reflect on their classes with more use of active learning.  Teachers made productive use of textbooks as well as accessing and using TESSA OER in teaching.

Keywords


School-Based Teacher Professional Development; Open Educational Resources; TESSA

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