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View the PDF document Secondary school teachers' perceptions of the in-service training program in Samoa
Author:Taise, Malua.
Institution: University of the South Pacific.
Award: M.A.
Date: 2007.
Call No.: pac In Process
BRN: 1084367
Copyright:Under 10% of this thesis may be copied without the authors written permission

Abstract: This study examined secondary school teachers’ perceptions of the In-service Training Program (IST) in Samoa, which is clearly explained in the findings of this study. It was important to use the qualitative research methodology to find out how teachers’ perceptions of the IST program could help them to meet their needs and priorities. Teachers need sufficient ongoing IST programs to help them improve their teaching and learning techniques as well as their content knowledge to respond to new changes in the curriculum. Their priorities are to serve the needs of students, goals of schools and expectations of the community as a whole. Teachers perceived IST as constructive to their personal and professional development. The research participants were secondary school teachers from three different secondary schools in Samoa. The selection of sampled teachers was significant because their perceptions on the given topic represent the positions and views of Samoan people in the respective groups they represent. The data collecting strategies used to conduct this research study included in-depth interviewing, questionnaires and documentary analysis. The important findings of this study are: The IST program enhances teachers’ content knowledge, teaching techniques and monitoring of internal assessments for Year 12 and Year 13. Faasamoa key Training Principles include sharing and caring; observation and participation; cultural practices and working together. Implications to educational planners were also made to enhance and further develop IST and PD programs in order to improve the professional development of teachers and the quality of education in Samoa.
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