• Assessing English language teachers’ understanding and practices of student-centered learning in Oman

    Author(s):
    Houman Bijani, Seyed Ismail, Salim Said Bani Orabah (see profile)
    Date:
    2022
    Subject(s):
    Educational tests and measurements, Evaluation, Educational evaluation, Problem-based learning, Student-centered learning
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    assessment of student learning outcomes, student-centered learning, Teacher-centered learning
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/4htc-q560
    Abstract:
    Student-centered learning assessment (SCLA) constitutes a major component of current educational initiatives at the University of Technology and Applied Sciences (UTAS). However, little research has been conducted on English teachers’ understanding and practices of SCL assessment. Therefore, this study seeks to explore English teachers’ understanding and practices of SCL assessment at UTAS in Oman. The findings could provide information regarding teachers’ understanding and practices of SCLA. The findings may contribute to how English teachers define SCLA, what SCLrelated activities they conduct, and how often these are conducted. Sixty-one teachers participated in the study with an average of 24 years of experience. A series of interviews and questions were used to elicit data from the participants. A questionnaire was used to explore teachers’ understanding of SCLA. Interviews were used in conjunction with the questionnaires to obtain more detailed information from the participants. The findings of this study showed that each of the English teachers has their definitions and understandings of SCLA; however, it was difficult to understand teachers’ definitions of SCLA due to the lack of a common definition for this term in the literature. Teachers should be encouraged to empower students by working in mixed groups on the basis that the advanced students each head up separate groups. The implication is to allow less able students to mimic and imitate their peers and improve their comprehension, pronunciation, and vocabulary in and out of the classroom. Future research could be enhanced by other stakeholders, such as students and administrators, involvement.
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    2 months ago
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