Lessons Learned from Studies of EFL Teacher Professional Development in Uzbekistan [CIES 2024 Presentation]

This presentation summarizes the achievements, challenges, and recommendations from previous studies conducted as part of the Uzbekistan Education for Excellence Program. These studies focused on teacher professional development (TPD) and the implementation of innovative teaching practices in Uzbekistan's public schools. The Program conducted a multi-phased Status of Instruction Study (SIS) to gain insights into instructional resources and practices. The study collected feedback from teachers on resource usage, lesson planning, available resources in schools and classrooms, instructional techniques, and engagement in school based communities of practice. The findings influenced the customization and development of student textbooks, teacher's guides, and TPD approaches. The study used the Framework for Teaching (FFT) developed by The Danielson Group to guide the research and ensure consistency across subjects (ULA, Math, ICT, and EFL). SIS2, conducted online via Telegram channels shared by the Ministry of Preschool and School Education (MoPSE), employed a descriptive quantitative design considering the impact of COVID-19. In addition, the Program undertook the Teacher Support System Study (TSSS). The TSSS examined the existing teacher support system in Uzbekistan, including self-directed and school-level professional development activities. The study focused on instructional coaching, peer-to-peer support, and training. The studies used a combination of online surveys and in-person training sessions. Data from teachers, school directors, and methodologists were analyzed through descriptive quantitative and qualitative content analysis. The effectiveness of virtual training programs, the teacher support system, and the implementation of student textbooks and teacher guides were examined. Finally, the Program undertook the Teacher Guide Uptake Study (TGUS) augmenting the online SIS and TSSS surveys with classroom observations over a school year. Findings indicated a shift towards student-centered teaching approaches, but highlighted the need for lesson planning support, creative adaptation of teaching materials, and opportunities for instructional coaching and peer support. Recommendations included providing comprehensive teacher guides and online courses, improving assessment guidance, enhancing coaching processes, and utilizing existing collaboration platforms. The studies offer valuable insights into TPD and instructional practices in Uzbekistan's public schools. The presentation highlights lessons learned from combining online with classroom observation data over time.