Action Research Project in Teacher Education Programme: Pre-service Teachers’ Competency and Weaknesses

By Moi Mooi Lew and Munira Mohsin.

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This study aimed to find out the competency of pre-service teachers in doing action research.
The teachers were asked to assess their own competencies across the three phases in the action
research process. The three phases include identifying a research problem, implementing the
action plan and analysing the data. Survey questionnaires were administered to 65 pre-service
teachers. Findings showed that on the average pre-service teachers achieved below satisfactory
level of knowledge (mean = 3.75, SD= .62) about the action research process. The correlation
analysis showed that the knowledge in these three phases are inter-related. This indicated that if
participants have insufficient knowledge in phase one of the research process they may
encounter difficulties in the subsequent phases. The findings have raised the implication that the
current action research curriculum for pre-service teachers is not meeting the intended learning
objectives. The curriculum seems to lack emphasis on linking theory to practice as well as on
acquiring competency in developing teachers as researchers. These shortcomings may stand as
obstacles to the policy makers’ aspirations in producing quality educators through teacher
education programmes. Hence the findings provide important information for policy makers to
continuously improve the quality of teacher education curriculum.

Keywords: Action Research, Knowledge, Competency

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 18, Issue 1, pp.565-574. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 829.683KB).

Dr. Moi Mooi Lew

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

Dr. Lew Moi Mooi is curently attached to Research and Innovation Department, Specialist Teacher Education Institute Kuala Lumpur. Her subject specialisation is in the area of Eduational Psychology. Her research interest is in exploring issues related to acquisition of information academic literacy and teacher education.

Dr. Munira Mohsin

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

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

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