Instructor Exchange as a Continuous Professional Development Activity: Are we Ready to Change?

Abstract

Continuous Professional Development (CPD) has been conducted through different activities for more than three decades in the field of education. However, due to various reasons, institutions have encountered major issues in the application processes of commonly accepted CPD activities, leading to modification of existing and creation of new forms of activities in line with contextual requirements and needs. With this in mind, this study aimed to explore the process and outcomes of a new form of CPD activity, namely instructor exchange, specifically developed for a School of Foreign Languages in one of the top-tier state universities in Turkiye employing a qualitative case study methodology. Analyse-applyevaluate cycle was followed in the study considering contextual factors of the institution including but not limited to the requirements of international accreditation. Data was collected from 22 English instructors through classroom exchanges, semi-structured interviews and document analysis, followed by creation of themes according to participants’ responses. For the development of the form used in semi-structured interviews, a comprehensive literature review was conducted and expert opinion and advice were obtained. Following the exchange activity, interviews were conducted by 10 of the whole population of participating instructors. The results indicated that the instructor exchange activity helped instructors to improve themselves professionally despite some challenges and it is possible to implement this activity as a school-wide practice. The emerging themes may be used to bring a new dimension to design future CPD activities based on instructors’ suggestions.



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Nilüfer Ülker, Istanbul Technical University, Turkiye
Pınar Kır, Istanbul Technical University, Turkiye

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Conference: ECE2022
Stream: Professional Training

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