Academics visit Pakistan for Knowledge Exchange project

Posted by ap507 at Jun 09, 2015 09:55 AM |
Dr Saeeda Shah, Dr Alison Fox and Sue Davis from the School of Education visited Islamabad and Rawalpindi from 24-29 May 2015
Academics visit  Pakistan for Knowledge Exchange project

Researchers from the University of Leicester with peers from the Fatimah Jinnah Women University, Islamabad

This was a visit to meet collaborators on a Knowledge Exchange project funded by British Council Pakistan to review, revise and develop teacher training materials. The project focuses on the Methods of Teaching module, which plays a central part in the 4 year BEd initial teacher education programme, intended to upskill the teachers of the future in Pakistan to develop effective, student-centred methods of teaching.

Before visiting Pakistan the University of Leicester team conducted a content analysis of the Methods of Teaching module and, with the wider team, co-designed research instruments to collect data about the extent of the delivery, assessment and outcomes of this module’s curriculum.

In Pakistan the visitors from the University of Leicester met with representatives from each of the three collaborating institutions (Fatimah Jinnah Women University, Government College of Elementary Teachers and International Islamic University Islamabad) as well as three Federal Government schools run by the Federal Directorate of Education (Sir Syed High School for Boys, FG Technical High School and FG High School Iqbal Road). The project team co-observed sessions run for training teachers in the Higher Education Institutions as well as by the training teachers in schools. They also co-interviewed training teachers, their trainers and co-operating teachers in the schools and discussed the project with school Principals.

The evidence base from this visit will be used in conjunction with visits to the University of Leicester from Dr Behlol of Fatimah Jinnah Women University to discuss how to revise and develop training materials which increase their effectiveness and impact on practice change of training teachers in schools. This training needs to include the Principals and co-operative teachers in Federal Government schools as well as teacher trainers in the Higher Education Institutions. From this first visit a number of key issues and ideas for action were shared and agreed.

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