An Analysis of Teachers’ Professional Development Training at Elementary Level
This study explored the effectiveness of professional development training of the public and private sector at elementary level. A survey was conducted by involving elementary teachers from the public and private sector, who attended the training. A questionnaire was developed focusing the four key factors of the training: suitability of the resources; quality of the content and management; competency of the trainers; and usefulness of the training. A simple random sampling technique was applied to collect data from the trainee elementary teachers of the public and the private sector. From the public sector 750 trainee teachers and 600 elementary teachers from the private sector were selected from the five districts of the Punjab province. Data were analyzed on the basis of above mentioned four factors. Descriptive statistics and t-test were calculated to analyze the data. The findings based on sector-wise analysis discovered a significant differences in the opinion of trainees in both public and private sector in view of the “usefulness of the training” (pvalue= 0.041).The rest of the three factors were insignificant which means trainees from the both public and private sector having the same opinion about the training. While on the other hand, gender-wise analysis discovered significant differences in the opinions of trainees in both sectors in view of the quality of content and management and competency of trainers. The rest of the two factors were insignificant. The possible reasons and implications of these insignificant findings were discussed.
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