Frankly speaking, I am still not sure about the topic for my thesis. I guess it might be something like this “The relationship between conducting lessons in team-teaching and the level of local teachers’ professional development”.
Why this topic is interesting for me?
In 2010 Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools (NIS schools) in different parts of Kazakhstan began to hire foreign teachers in different subjects for conducting lessons. But they should conduct lessons together with local teachers forming a team for teaching. This approach is called team-teaching.
I am a teacher of English in NIS Semey. I have been also involved into this project. I have been working with foreign teachers conducting lessons together with them.
So, five years passed. Now it is high time for us as teachers to analyze the results of the project and make some preliminary conclusions. Also it is time for making some changes if they are needed and summarize the practical experience local educators as well as their foreign partners have gained during that period.
I will try to find how the team-teaching approach influences on the level of local teachers’ professional development. Does it help to increase/decrease it or has no effect on it?
I hope to hear different opinions from subject teachers, various professional stories from beginning teachers as well as from experienced educators.
I think I should conduct a qualitative study which includes a survey, an interview and some other tools (I have not decided yet which ones).
I hope that the time given to us is quite enough to make my little research. This is my first research study where I’ll use information from the book written by Creswell and I swear that I will try to do my best to get the most reliable and valid results. I am not sure if my findings will be reliable and valid.
What challenges have you faced in the first year?
When I applied for the Master’s Programme I know that it would not be easy for me to work and study at the same time. I made my choice intentionally.
Talking about the challenges I faced in my first year of study I should say that there was only one BIG challenge for me. That is time management. Sometimes it was rather difficult to find time for the given assignments during day-time, even if you planned it, because of unexpected tasks from school administration. That is why I often worked and still work late at night drinking coffee or other energetic drinks.
I have found an article about pros and cons of studying a part-time master’s. If you are interested, welcome to the link below: http://www.theguardian.com/education/2015/jan/12/the-pros-and-cons-of-studying-a-part-time-masters