Action Research Project in Teacher Education Curriculum: A Tool for Developing Professional Construct among Pre-service Teachers

By Moi Mooi Lew and Munira Mohsin.

Published by The International Journal of Learning in Higher Education

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This study aimed to explore how the experience of engaging an action research project can develop pre-service teachers’ professional conduct. Survey questionnaires that consist of close-ended and open-ended questions were administered to 75 pre-service teachers. Findings showed that on average, pre-service teachers expressed that they somewhat agreed that action research has benefited them in various aspects (mean = 3.57, SD = .50). The open-ended survey analysis showed that the action research projects have developed pre-service teachers’ professional conduct in aspects related to pedagogical content knowledge, understanding of students’ learning, and reflective thinking. Participants also felt that the research experience was very meaningful for their future roles as teachers. This indicated that pre-service teachers are likely to engage in action research to improve their teaching and learning process in the future. This inclination is very encouraging and coincides with the aspirations of the teacher education curriculum to develop teachers as reflective-practitioners. The findings from this research provide important information for teacher educators to continuously improve the implementation of the action research project so as to enhance or at least maintain the quality of teacher education in Malaysia.

Keywords: Action Research, Professional Growth, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Pre-service Teachers

International Journal of Learning in Higher Education, Volume 19, Issue 1, pp.13-23. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 234.237KB).

Dr. Moi Mooi Lew

Lecturer, Department of Research and Development, Specialist Teacher Education Institute, Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

I have experience working at the primary and secondary school levels, as well as at the Teacher Training Institute. Currently, I am the assistant head of the Research and Development Department and am also a lecturer. My subject specialization is in the area of educational psychology. I lecture on child psychology, pedagogy, testing and evaluation, and action research. My research interest is in researching and exploring issues related to acquisition of information, academic literacy, and teacher education. I have been the Master thesis reviewer and the external examiner since 2009. I have presented papers at international and local conferences, and written articles for academic journals.

Dr. Munira Mohsin

Lecturer, Physical Education Department, Specialist Teacher Education Institute, Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Dr. Munira Mohsin has been attached to Teachers Training Institute in Kuala Lumpur since 2003. She has conducted numerous courses for in-service and pre-service teachers. She obtained her Doctorate in Curriculum Developement from University of Malaya. Her areas of specialization include Adaptation in Curriculum, Perspectives in Curriculum Implementation, and Curriculum and evaluation.