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 A Correlation Study of Pakistani EFL Teachers’ Professional discerning and their Critical

Muhammad Akram(correspondent author)
Govt. Postgraduate College Burewala, Pakistan

Anser Mahmood
English Department
The University of Lahore (Sargodha campus), Pakistan



A great deal of research is done on teacher training and teacher education worldwide, but a few studies appeared on teacher’s professional discerning and particularly on teachers’ critical thinking skills. Critical thinking, with regard to EFL teachers, has not been taken into consideration early on. This study explores the relationship between EFL teacher’s professional discerning and their critical thinking in Pakistani context. A quantitative paradigm has been adopted to find out if there is any relationship between EFL teachers’ professional discerning and their critical thinking. The participants consisted of 93 EFL teachers teaching English at the university level in Pakistan. The researcher utilized a professional discerning (identity) research tool taken from Sheybani and Miri (2019) and a derived Critical Thinking Inventory (DCT) designed by the researcher to collect data. To analyze the relationship between EFL teachers’s professional discerning and their critical thinking ability, the data were analyzed by R (statistical program). The results of correlation analysis unfolded that the sub-constructs of professional discerning questionnaire tools are predicted by critical thinking. A highly positive and statistically significant correlation was observed in the analysis. The study highlights the significance and important role of critical thinking in shaping EFL teachers’ professional discerning, particularly in their teaching context. The study proves the inventive conduct of EFL teachers in the present era of knowledge and learning. The study will positively contribute to language teaching and learning, and it would open up new vistas for EFL teachers, syllabus designers, and academia.
Keywords: correlation, critical thinking, Pakistani EFL teachers, teachers’ professional identity

Cite as:  Akram, M., & Mahmood, A. (2020). A Correlation Study of Pakistani EFL Teachers’ Professional discerning and their Critical Thinking.
Arab World English Journal(AWEJ). Proceedings of 2nd MEC TESOL Conference 2020: 378- 387.


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Muhammad Akram is an Associate Professor of English at Govt. Postgraduate College
Burewala, Pakistan. He has been a research associate at the center for advanced research in
English, University of Birmingham, UK. He has showcased his research in UK, South Korea, Gulf,
and Pakistan. His research interests include applied linguistics, SLA, and Critical thinking in EFL.

Anser Mahmood is an Associate Professor of English/HoD, University of Lahore (Sargodha
campus), Pakistan. He has presented a number of research papers in national and international
conferences in UK, Gulf and Pakistan. His research interests include applied linguistics, SLA, and
teacher education.