Evaluating the impact of peer coaching through teachers' teaching principles

Lei, Kai Cheong (2016) Evaluating the impact of peer coaching through teachers' teaching principles. EdD thesis, University of Nottingham.

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The English language programme of the Macau University of Science and Technology (MUST) has a pressing need for a continuing professional development (CPD) programme. Peer coaching is identified as the type of CPD that is potentially suitable for the English programme. It also serves as a catalyst for building a learning community. The main purpose of this study is to examine the impact of a peer coaching programme on the teachers’ beliefs and practice. To do so, I investigate the difference in teachers’ teaching principles (please see Section 5 of Chapter 2 for details) in direct relation to their actual classroom practice before and after the peer coaching programme in one school term. By comparing how the teachers make sense of their actual classroom practices before and after the programme, this study can address the impact of the peer coaching programme on the teachers’ theories-in-use and has important implications for understanding and improving teaching. This study also attempts to investigate to what extent peer coaching helps to build a learning community.

This study found that peer coaching could help to change the teachers' beliefs and perceptions in various extents, which led to changes in teachers' practice. Trust is found to be an important element in a successful peer coaching relationship. This study also found that peer coaching can help to promote an articulate, reflective, and collaborative work culture, which should facilitate and sustain teachers’ professional development, promote teacher leadership and contribute to educational improvement.

Item Type: Thesis (University of Nottingham only) (EdD)
Supervisors: Gates, Peter
Townsend, Andrew
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1705 Education of teachers
Faculties/Schools: UK Campuses > Faculty of Social Sciences, Law and Education > School of Education
Item ID: 33089
Depositing User: Lei, Kai
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2016 06:40
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2016 06:29
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/33089

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