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TITLE OF THE STUDY:

The Participants Perception for the Sandakan District


Symposium for level 1 English primary school teachers
INTRODUCTION:
The general purpose of the Sandakan District Symposium(SDS) was to provide a platform for the sharing of knowledge,
strategies and experiences in teaching English for level one primary school teachers, and to encourage a strong research culture
with the theme empowering teachers through research.
The SDS showcased the work and action research of teachers from the 15 chosen schools of Sandakan under the English
Language Teacher Development Project(ELTDP), a mentorship program funded by the MOE with mentors from the British
Council
The SDS was inspired by the Kuching Symposium Teacher as Researcher organized by the British Council
The attendees of the Kuching Symposium wanted to emulate the same rich exchange of ideas environment on a home-grown
level for primary school level one English teachers, and thus decided to organize this event
PROBLEM STATEMENT
Teachers often complain that courses does not meet their professional needs
There were communication breakdowns where the invitation letter prepared by PPD invited only the GBs instead of the English teachers.
Thus many GBS who came that day had to call up their English teachers to attend the symposium
During the event, some of the participants went off earlier during lunch time, when it was made clear that the symposium ends at 4.00
p.m.
AIMS OF THE STUDY
To look at the participants
perception in terms of the value and
impact of the programme, to find
out if participants do things
differently in their professional
duties after the program

OBJECTIVES OF THE STUDY:
To discover what the participants learned
and gained from the program
To see if the program benefitted the
participants, and how if benefitted them
To gain an insight as of what the
participants do differently as a result
To help the future organizers of the
program run the program more
efficiently, improve on the content and
manner of the presentations especially
SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY
Having the participants
perception will help inform
the organizers and sponsors
to tailor this program to
meet their needs and to
achieve the programs
objectives
RESEARCH QUESTIONS
What have the participants learned and gained from this program?
How have the participants benefitted from the program?
Did they do things in the classroom differently as a result? How so?
What further improvements can be made to achieve the outcomes
more effectively? What kind of presentations do they want more of?
RESEARCH DESIGN


Qualitative







DATA COLLECTION
Documentation review,
interview transcription
SAMPLE
4 participants
RESEARCH INSTRUMENT
Interview and
document analysis
Bennets Hierachy of
Evidence for
Program Evaluation
(Bennet and
Rockwell, 1995)
DATA ANALYSIS

Coding of the
interview



PILOT STUDY
Interviewed two
participants