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1 Enhancing Professional Development of Brunei Teachers through Lesson Study: A Preliminary Study Hjh Aishah binti Hj Mohd Husain & Ali Hamdani M Diah Department of Schools, Ministry of Education, Brunei Darussalam 1 20 February 2010

2 Meeting the national vision By 2035, Brunei wishes to be recognised for: the accomplishments of its well-educated and highly skilled people the quality of life the dynamic and sustainable economy To achieve this there are 8 main strategies and an education strategy is one of them 2

3 Meeting the National curriculum change To raise to the challenge of Vision 2035, MoE, with the contribution of work done by National Education Review Committee, has made a change. The product of this change is the new education system for the 21 st century SPN21 The new system has 3 main changes 1.Education Structure 2.Curriculum and Assessment 3.Technical Education 3

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5 Profile: Brunei Schools 6 Sixth Form Colleges 29 Secondary Schools 118Primary Schools 5

6 Profile: Brunei Teachers and Students Levels Primary Schools Secondary Schools Sixth Form Colleges No of Teachers No of Students

7 Impact of National changes Demands on Teacher Quality: “The quality of a school system rests on the quality of its teachers…, the quality of education cannot exceed the quality of teachers in any system of education, getting the right people to become teachers is critical to high performance..” McKinsey & Company (2007). How the world’s best-performing school systems come out on top. 7

8 Professional development that works Ensure that professional development focuses on the subject matter teachers will be teaching Align teachers' learning opportunities with their real work experiences, using actual curriculum materials and assessments Provide adequate time for professional development and ensure that extended opportunities to learn emphasise observing and analysing students’ understanding of the subject matter Ensure that school districts have reliable systems for evaluating the impact of professional development on teachers’ practices and students' learning Research Points, American Education Research Association, Summer

9 Role of CDD with new curriculum Prepare curriculum materials required for the implementation of new mathematics curricular initiatives (including new syllabuses) in schools – - textbooks - workbooks - teachers’ resource books - other non-print materials Provide orientation and developmental workshops and training to inform teachers and school leaders implement curricular changes. (Teacher Development by CDD to socialise the new material and text books being used in mathematics) 9

10 10 Example of mathematics topics at Year 4

11 Role of schools in translating curriculum Effective school leaders are key to large-scale sustainable education reform. Creating and sharing knowledge is central to effective leadership (Fullan, 2001). Thus School-based Professional Development need to be emplaced and sustained. A norm of sharing one's knowledge with others is the key to continual growth for all. 11

12 12 PLANNINGREVIEWINGOBSERVING

13 Aims of the LS Pilot Project To develop a group of key-teachers with an interest in mathematics who will assist the MoE in implementing LS initiatives; To improve the quality of mathematics teaching and supporting teachers’ professional development in Brunei Darussalam as desire in the SPN21 ; To show that LS has an impact on pupils’ involvement in learning of mathematics. 13

14 The LS Pilot Project - Profile 3 primary schools; The headmasters & coordinators from respective schools; 34 primary maths teachers; specialists from the CDD and University. Year 1 and Year 4 classes involving two cycles. 14

15 The LS Project – Instruments and Analysis Research Lesson Plans Observation checklist Interview questions Using mean and percentage Similar count of responses 15

16 Finding Observation checklists: – Increased by 63.4% and 46.7% for Year 1 and Year 4 on pupils’ participation, motivation, communication and involvement in the activities conducted in the lessons. Teachers responses: 1.Positive attitude towards the lesson study process; 2.Collaboration assisted teachers to be more aware of their pedagogy and content; 3.Motivation to learn new approach in pedagogy of teaching. 16

17 The way forward More schools in 2010?or for the next 5 years? How can this initiative be sustained? Experts? Do we have enough locally? Materials/text books? Are the current ones enough? Sharing of lessons/depository 17

18 Thank you 18


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