Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Vol.6. No.2 June 2015                                               Pp.131 – 143
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol6no2.10

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Peer observation of Teaching and Professional Development: Teachers’ Perspectives at the English Language Institute, King Abdulaziz University 

Amal Ibrahim Shousha
English Language Teacher at the English Language Institute
King Abdulaziz University
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

 

 

 

 

Abstract:
Peer Observation of Teaching (POT) is one means to help teachers develop professionally. It shows any institute’s sincere efforts to help its teachers for the sake of improving the quality of learning and teaching. It also helps to spread a spirit of collegiality in the workplace by sharing best teaching practices among colleagues. This paper reports on participants’ reflections and viewpoints regarding a piloting Peer Observation Program (POTP) implemented in the English Language Institute (ELI) main campus at King Abdulaziz University (KAU), Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in the academic year (2013-2014). It also investigates whether taking part in POT helped teachers to develop professionally and to what extent. This paper utilizes data from an evaluation questionnaire completed by 13 teachers (observers and observees). Based on data analysis, this paper identifies: 1) the benefit of peer observation to achieve professional development by building self-confidence, self-reflection, sharing ideas and learning new teaching techniques, 2) teachers’ needs for administrative remuneration and training on peer observation skills especially feedback techniques, and 3) the hurdles that might inhibit teachers from participating in POT, which included time constraints, busy workloads and paper work.
Keywords:  Peer Observation, professional development, self- reflection, self-confidence, sharing ideas.

Cite as: Shousha, A. I. (2015). Peer observation of Teaching and Professional Development: Teachers’ Perspectives at the English Language Institute, King Abdulaziz University. Arab World English Journal, 8 (1).
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol6no2.10

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Dr. Amal Shousha is an English language teacher at the English Language Institute, King
Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. She has 22 years teaching experience at university
level both in Egypt and Saudi Arabia. She has a PhD in Applied Linguistics with first class honor
and an MA in Applied Linguistics with an excellent grade. She was certified (2000) as a trainer
of trainers from University of California Extension, Santa Cruz, English language International
USA. Her research interests include trends in education and teaching strategies and
methodologies.