Regional English Supervisors' Perspective of their own Professional Development Requirements in Oman
Al-Masroori, Khamis Mubarak
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This study was designed to investigate the regional English supervisors' perspectives of their own professional development requirements in Oman. Recently, professional development programmes have become crucial aspects in the Ministry of Education plans in order to promote the regional supervisors' contribution to the development of the educational field. The study aims to investigate the English supervisors' satisfaction towards their own professional development programmes. It also explores how the training needs of the supervisors are identified and fulfilled by the Ministry of Education. Finally, it identifies the training needs regional supervisors should have in accordance with the tasks required from them from their own point of view. The methodology uses questionnaires and semi-structured interviews to collect the data from 110 regional English supervisors, six senior supervisors and a chief supervisor. The questionnaire included 55 competencies divided into six skills and three open-ended questions. On the other hand, the semi-structured interview sough qualitative data from the senior supervisors and chief supervisor. An analysis of the collected data shows the supervisors' average satisfaction towards the professional development programmes when they are carried out by experts and discussed issues in need. However, the study also reveals the regional supervisors' dissatisfaction towards the few number of programmes compared to the long list of suggested needs. The sample asserts that these programmes should be planned systematically and consider the supervisor's responsibilities, skills and technical works instead of discussing teaching methodologies. In addition, the study reveals the good work done by the senior English supervisors and chief supervisors to identify the training needs, though a lack of official training programmes was evident. Finally, the study shows a significant proportion of training needs in all skills with different degree. Based on data analysis, this dissertation recommends providing systematic comprehensive professional development programmes for the regional supervisors based on their actual needs as English supervisors to help them grow professionally. Moreover, it proposes to issue a quarterly bulletin concerned with the supervisory work in order to exchange ideas and display effective supervisory practices in the field. In addition, it suggests encouraging the regional supervisors to bear responsibility for their own professional development through taking part in different professional development programmes effectively and voluntary. Finally, it propses directing the regional supervisors towards various aspects of the supervisory process in order to facilitate the involvement in the professional development according to their interest.
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