Professional Development of University Teacher Trainers through Organizational Reconstruction: An Action Research Study

Professional Development of University Teacher Trainers through Organizational Reconstruction: An Action Research Study

Rivka Glaubman, Ettie Ornan, and Hananyah Glaubman, School of Education, Bar-Ilan University, Israel.

ABSTRACT

The present study examined the effectiveness of organizational restructuring of a teachers' training department at Bar Ilan university, Israel, to improve teacher trainers' professionalism. The study was initiated as a response to a deep dissatisfaction expressed by the department's staff. A six steps Action Research, continuing three years was conducted, applying a program of restructuring the department. Qualitative and quantitative measurements were triangulated to evaluate the effectiveness of the change. At the end of each step the data was summed up, reflected upon, discussed by all participants and the program was modified, based on the lessons learnt from the data. A principal of collaborative work at all stages of planning and executing, in which each participant had an equal share, was adhered to along the entire study. The results showed a marked improvement in personal professionalism, proficiency of teaching and satisfaction. Thus, the claim that organizational restructuring applied in an Action Research paradigm is an effective vehicle to improve teachers' professionalism was substantiated.

Key-words: Professional development, teacher-trainers, teacher-education, restructuring, action-research.

 

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